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Flea Markets in Italy

Flea Markets in PIEDMONT (Torino)

Balon Flea Market

Piazza della Repubblica, Porta Palazzo, Torino – Every Saturday

On a typical Saturday in the city of Turin, 100,000 visitors flock to Porta Palazzo, Europe’s largest open-air market. For over 150 years, this sprawling market has offered a cornucopia of footwear, clothes, housewares, toys and food from across Italy and around the world. With over one thousand merchants and 700 street vendors, Porta Palazzo is a commercial hub whose opportunities have always attracted newcomers to the city.

Unique to Porta Palazzo is the Balon flea market and its mix of registered, formal and informal vendors. Since 1935 irregular migrants have had the right to ‘exchange’ goods on the market by a special city statute. In the heart of the Balon, a hot air balloon rises 150 meters high every day, giving its passengers a breathtaking view over the city of the Savoy.Balon flea market - 3

The attraction was inaugurated in 2012, as a tribute to one of the possible roots of the market’s name, according to which ‘balon’ refers to an air balloon that took off from this neighbourhood in the 18th century. Although there is no historical evidence of that episode, the balloon has now become a symbol of this open-air emporium, the largest in Europe, which has been bustling with activity since the second half of the 19th century.

To this day, every Saturday morning the Balon attracts a crowd of visitors, collectors, and tourists who walk around the most diverse objects. The surrounding streets are packed with antique dealers’ shops, which display the best they have to offer every second Sunday of the month for the Gran Balon, making a visit to this noisy and inspiring market even more interesting.

Source: citiesofmigration.ca / italianways.com
Photos: archimemoro.org / aliceofm (flickr) / uLtRaSoNiCo (flickr) / donalduck59 (flickr) / dynisse (flickr)

Other flea markets in Piedmont:

  • Alessandria flea market, Piazza Garibaldi, Piazza Marconi and Via San Lorenzo (Tel. +39 0131 325344). First Sunday of the month (except August): collectables, furniture and books
  • Asti flea market, Piazza San Secondo (Tel. +39 0141 355861). Fourth Sunday of the month: collectables and furniture
  • Casale Monferrato (AL) flea market, Via XX Settembre (Tel. +39 0142 454757). Second weekend of the month: furniture – antique and modern
  • Torino flea market, Piazza della Repubblica, Porta Palazzo (Tel. +39 011 4369741). Second Sunday of the month: antiques.
  • Cagliari flea market, Bastioni di San Remy (Tel. +39 070 664923). Every Sunday: collectables and objects
  • Olbia flea market, Piazza Matteotti (Tel. +39 070 810504) Third Saturday of the month: antiques and collectables.
  • Agrigento flea market, Historic Centre (Tel. +39 0922 401566). Fourth Sunday of the month: antiques and objects
  • Catania flea market, Historic Centre (Tel. +39 095 7306211). Every Sunday: antiques and objects
  • Palermo flea market, Piazza Unità d’ Italia (Tel. +39 091 308287). First weekend of the month: furniture, objects and collectables.

15 comments

  1. Andrea

    In Friuli Venezia Giulia, each month (exclusions may apply):
    1st Sunday: Gemona del Friuli (Udine)
    2nd Sunday: Udine, Viale Forze Armate
    3rd Sunday: Gradisca d’Isonzo (Gorizia)
    4th Sunday: Cividale del Friuli (Udine)

    See you there!

  2. Adriana Correa-Kool

    Verona, Perugia, Todi, Terni and Padova are NOT in Tuscany. Can you please verify before posting? Doesnt take very long to see that Padova, for example, is not even close to Tuscany.

  3. CL Heiberg

    I was hoping specifically to find any info on the possibility of a flea market on a Friday in Venice. This was all of little use, unless I liked dodging ads.

  4. Gina Guthrie

    Hi there! Stumbled upon your post and I am so impressed by the recent and quick response to your comments so I thought I would try to reach you as well. I am currently in the lazio region and looking for an antique flea to visit this weekend. Was hoping for other than Rome. You mention viterbo has one on the 3rd Sunday but I will not be here then. I asked a local and they mentioned Viterbo might have one this coming weekend (the 1st one of the month) too. Is there a way to verify this without making the trip there? We were also told that Arrezo has a huge one this coming weekend, but we figure it is because the Palio is in nei ghboring Siena…and that is a little far for us to drive for a day trip.

    Thank you for your time in helping us find such. And if Rome is our best option, please advise which one will offer the most reasonable prices– Gracie Mille!!

  5. Ib skov

    Hi
    I am planning a visit to Bologna this friday and saturday. But i also read from your blog that there Are. I fleamarkets In august
    Could you recommend a dealer or a place to go for business. Dealer to dealer In Bologna. Or is there any market any Way
    Saturday afternoon i go to Gabicce mare and Maybe you know something bearbejdede there ?
    Thanks

  6. Miles Wonderfulsound

    Seems like the Gallipoli flea is the 2nd Sunday not the 1st. That’s what the locals are saying today. And it’s the 1st Sunday today. Apparently it’s here.. Via Udine, 73014 Gallipoli LE

  7. ann

    hi there. I will be in Lucignano end sept/ beginning of october. can you recommend the best flea markets for doing up a house with amazing character

  8. Great articles! I will be in Arezzo and plan to attend the flea market on Sunday, however, I would love to visit some Mid Century modern shops as well. I am a store owner in the states specializing in mid century. Have any suggestions? Thanks!

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