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This Venetian flea market takes place in a timeworn church. Find bric-a-brac treasures, classic books and all manner of oddities at this wondrous vintage and secondhand market.

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Mercatino di “Polvere di Ricordi” which translated to English is, “Market of Dust Memories”, which quite aptly describes this market, which is located in the south of Venice in an old church. This well-loved flea market is home to vintage delights from bygone eras, such as vinyl records, silverware, toys and collectables. You will find some antiques that are sold by professionals, as well as products sold by individuals with a burning love for antiques and vintage wares.

The market is held just three times a year, so make sure you time your trip to Venice carefully. It takes place in the second weekend in March, the first weekend in October and the last week in November. To double check the dates, you should get in touch with the City Council of Venice – they can confirm the exact dates and allocation of spaces for professionals and non-professionals. The location moves about too, often it takes place in Campo Sant’Agnese in Dorsoduro, however the other spots are the Herbarium Field in San Polo and Campo San Silvestro in San Polo.

There are loads of traditional restaurants, gelato bars and cafes nearby, including Gelateria Nico, which serves every flavour gelato under the sun, and at very affordable prices. If you’re looking for a restaurant that serves up delicious seafood, why not try Ristorante San Trovaso, it is just a mere few minutes walk from Mercatino di “Polvere de Ricordi”. For a restaurant that serves typically traditional Venetian dishes, head to Alle Zattere, which has a dazzling terrace overlooking the water.

If you’re looking for a friendly, quaint and affordable flea market showcasing delicate jewels, shabby chic furniture, ceramics and art prints, Mercatino di “Polvere di Ricordi” has all of it and much, much more. This vintage market has a real community feeling, there is a warm atmosphere and all of the merchants love chatting away with their customers. It may be small, but it is full of great quality products that have been carefully selected. Vendors regularly come back because it’s a great place to sell items, and satisfied customers come back time and time again – always on the look out for that perfect antique.

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