Monday, 2 March 2009

Mercatino di Marostica [Antiques]

{Sunday morning}: On the first Sunday of every month, my friend Walter, after heading for a cappuccino and croissant at the usual 'Caffe' Centrale', goes Antique hunting at the local mercatino in Marostica ,Northern Italy. It's a rendez-vous for antiques lovers and Walter was amongst them yesterday morning, on a rather mystic Marostica.

The antique market is held in the middle of the beautiful checkered square, Piazza Castello, and it is surrounded by the walls of the upper castle (Castello Superiore)which sits on top the of the hill.

Antique copper pots

The 'Castello Inferiore'

Pictures courtesy of Walter Marin

The Human Chess Game: this medieval themed event takes place in even numbered years, according to ancient tradition. Its origin goes back to 1454, when Marostica was part of the Venetian Republic. “La Partita a Scacchi con Personaggi Viventi,” was used to decide who of the two eligible suitors would marry Lionora, the daughter of the Lord of the Marostica's castle,Taddeo Parisio.


Meghan Argo said...

I love going to the market in Marostica! Vicenza seems to have a much bigger antique market though. Although the town of Marostica is very neat and definately worth the drive for us!

Love the blog!

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