The City of Sarzana is at the entrance to the valley of the Magra (ancient Macra), the boundary between Eturia and Liguria in Roman times, gave it military importance in the Middle Ages. The first mention of the city is found in 983 in a diploma of Otto ;1 in 1202 the episcopal sea was transferred from the ancient Luni, 5 kilometres (3 mi) southeast, to Sarzana. It’s a city that is chocked full of handmade shops, and some pop up shops as well. I love shopping here for unique handmade clothes and shoes. There are many antiques shops, home furnishing and accessory boutiques, and great restaurants and bars.
We wandered the fair and picked up a few bits and bobs, my new found friend (a German Art Director from Berlin, Heike) who my friend Forrest introduced me to found an amazing espresso machine from the 60’s that had never been used. She was mainly excited because she owns one in Berlin, and this would be a great addition to their newly purchased home in the Lunigiana.
Forrest brought us to Amaro! a pop up shop of a ceramics team that he’s fond of. Great little shop, and I am still kicking myself for not buying a bunch of bowls. Arrgh.
Great night in Sarzana, if you’re ever near Cinque Terra or Pisa you should definitely put this little Medieval town on your list. Ciao xx
Notes from Italy : Tags: antiques, italy, markets, sarzana, shopping, travel