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Antiques and Things from Other Times Market Exhibition

A journey through rare pieces and unthinkable curiosities

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Veneto

Piazza Paolo Camerini, 30, 35016 Piazzola sul Brenta PD, Italia (25m s.l.m.)

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A jingle of old dishes, silverware and crystal, old books to browse through, records and postcards--every street in the historic center smells of memories on the last Sunday of every month in Piazzola sul Brenta.

A regular event

In the majestic Piazza Paolo Camerini, in the Spinning Room of the former Jutificio, accessed from Via dei Carrara, and along all the streets of the historic center, the "Antiques Market" is repeated every last Sunday of the month. It is a regular event that involves operators from various parts of Italy. On display are antique furniture, numismatics, prints, paintings, lace, porcelain and a host of other decorative items. Visitors come from all over Italy and even from abroad: collectors or the merely curious, looking for the most exclusive objects to give or give as gifts.

01-caratteri.jpgDetail stall of old characters

Trade, culture and memories

This market exhibition is a commercial and cultural event. Visitors form a whole with the City that brings relationships, stories and memories to life. There is a hustle and bustle, along the downtown streets that slow down to the usual traffic, in what becomes a large and attractive pedestrian area. This event lives on by bringing back "old treasures." Today the words "Piazzola sul Brenta" and "Mercatino dell'Antiquariato" have become one and the same: an identification that can be found both nationally and internationally.

Fromthe moment the sun rises, the setting up of the exhibition spaces begins. The awakening of the City, at the first light of dawn, resounds with the voices and rhythms typical of city markets, in an evocative architectural setting, combining the majestic seventeenth-century Piazzola Palace and the Palladian loggia with the now redeveloped twentieth-century area of the former jute processing plant.

02-panorama.jpgView of the Mercatino from the top of the Loggia in Paolo Camerini Square.

The history of this Market Show is intertwined with the birth of the Pro Loco Piazzola. We are in the late 1970s. In continuity with a climate of national ferment, in a Northeast that was opening up to the birth of small and medium-sized businesses, initiatives to break out of a certain "local immobilism" were also starting here. Among the volunteers of the "Pro Piazzola" the idea of the "Mercatino" was born, as Asolo and others had already done. The location is suggestive and word of mouth works. Over time the event grows: the number of exhibitors increases and it goes from the initial space covered by the loggia of Piazza Camerini to a real invasion of objects and furnishings throughout the historic center.

03-mappe.jpgDetail of a stall selling old maps

The best bargains

In the early hours of MercatinoSundays, the best bargains are concluded; in such a varied "tale of the square" rare items sometimes emerge. From the earliest years, documents related to the history of the City of Piazzola are found: original prints of "The Pleasure Clock," the book that recounts the three days of festivities and "special effects" with which the Duke of Brunswick was welcomed by Marco Contarini in 1685, resurface. In 2003, the Japanese newspaper "Yomiuri Shinbun" devoted an insert to the event. A copy of this interview is currently on display at the Pro Loco headquarters.

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