Lucca antique market is one of those places you should go out of your way to go to. Many of us have been to Pisa to do the tourist trail, the leaning tower etc etc, and then as a stop off point to fly into/out of Italy on your way to a great holiday. I hope you all realised that Lucca was not far away.
So very very close you should stay with in it’s walled city to escape the tourist buses rolling into Pisa. Not to say that Lucca has not escaped the tourists but it is certainly less crowded than Pisa. Every third weekend in the month Lucca holds an antique market. If you love a good antique market this is the place for you.
It wasn’t hard to find after we had parked within the walls we just followed the general flow of people and stumbled upon the markets in no time at all.
It can be difficult to find a bargain at big antique markets in Italy and France now if you don’t do your research and know your stuff. There are still some good finds here depending what you are looking for and what is in demand. You still need to take a big wallet and a big bus to take it all home in though. If you were looking for pieces to renovate or restyle your home, you may find some beautiful feature items here.
I didn’t find much in the way of good antique or vintage jewellery but there is alot of furniture, crockery, gilded picture frames and finishing items. There are a couple of stalls selling African made goods, masks and tribal figure but most of the stalls are vintage or antique European goods. Of course you can still haggle here too, as is the market rule.
The market winds it way around the streets and piazzas of the walled city. Luckily there are cafes and restaurants along the way to stop for a gelato, or two. Shopping is hot and hungry work and as we found our way to the end of the market, close to the cathedral, we found a cool beer and pizza calling us.
I hope to find myself back at Lucca antique market one day but this time with a small van to bring home my haul.