Once I was a fish market

This beautifully restored structure in Florence once held a fish market.

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 Just beside it, to the right, you can see the ramshackle remains of the Ciompi markets, a paradise for those looking for just the right piece of vintage or antique furnishing for their home.

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Photos sourced from allafiorentina.com/florence/piazza-dei-ciompi-flea-market/#.VwxUB-Rf3IU

Photos sourced from allafiorentina.com/florence/piazza-dei-ciompi-flea-market/#.VwxUB-Rf3IU

Take it from me, I gave a little squee of happiness to see this porticoed place free of the scaffolding and screening that was there a year ago.

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Jane, if you’re reading this, here are some family crests, just for you.

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The Ciompi flea market has now been relocated to an area near the Sant’ Ambrogio markets. It just doesn’t seem the same somehow, with all of the rather sterile, uniform white tents. Oh, progress.

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50 responses to “Once I was a fish market

  1. Liz

    One day I would really love to visit florence!

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  2. Designed by vasari around 1550 it was moved here in the 19th century when they built piazza della Repubblica.

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  3. I agree I preferred the old location

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  4. Isn’t it funny, those little white tents ought to be an improvement, but they silence the individuality of the older structures.

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  5. It’s very gorgeous, as are the family crests. I think the building could be used for most any market. Cheese or meat or flowers or veg. Thanks for showing it to us. Do you know whose crest and what it means?

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    • I was doing some research about it, and found that it was from the Medieval era, and originally sited in the Piazza della Repubblica. At some stage, it was moved.

      The crests with the balls belong to the Medicis, I don’t know about the other.

      http://italian.about.com/library/weekly/aa091599a.htm

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      • Jane

        The Crest with Medici balls and a checkerboard on right is that of Cosimo I and his wife Eleanor of Toledo.

        The Crest with Medici balls and red,white,red on the right is the second Duke, Francesco I (Medici) and his wife Joanne of Austria.

        The third is going to need help from your other stemma friend. I would love to know!

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        • Hi, Jane, and thank you for that. I wish I had taken photos of every one of the many crests on the loggia.

          My go-between to contact the stemma expert is on the Cammino in Spain, so he won’t see this for a while.

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        • Jane

          Grascia Magistrate, who supervised the sale of staple food in Florence.

          Yvonne….I stumbles on the third crest it is that of the “Grascia”

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        • I can’t seem to reply to your last comment about it being a council/magistrate. That makes sense, and when you look at the incised marble plaque, there are animal heads to be seen. And, I think the original site of the fish market would have been in the midst of vendors of all sorts of foodstuffs, no doubt regulated by some form of council.

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      • Thanks. I’ve never learned about crests and they do carry quite a bit of history and symbolism.

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  6. Of course you were a fish market Yvonne. I expected nothing less. BTW what are you today ?😉😀❤

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  7. It’s nice to see such a pretty building beautifully restored. Hopefully it will last a lot longer now.

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  8. Tell mke if you’re coming to Melbourne and I’ll show you our markets.

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  9. Another fascinating tour

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  10. Looks fabulous. Someone has spent a lot of money on the restoration. A pity about the relocation of the flea market!

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  11. I like the background!

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  12. Its a beautiful building Yvonne. I have to say Bun gets points for the centipede description.🙂

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  13. Fabulous building – fabulous Firenze! Almost my favourite place in the whole world!

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  14. What a gorgeous building. Such a strange but interesting shape.

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  15. What a gorgeous structure! Maybe they needed the height to accommodate flying fish. I was prepared for a whole other kind of post when I read your title, Yvonne, but I’m glad you didn’t there. “Once I was a fish market,” sounds like a good title for a song…..

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  16. It looks to be a wonderful building. But it needs to still be a fish market – and it would be the best fish market in the world.

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  17. Jane

    Oh Yvonne, you are really back! So relieved that you missed us! A cog in the wheel of our lives…..(I was traveling and missed the last round)! Thanks for thinking of me. I am planning on being in Florence in mid-June after a conference of my husbands. So glad to be getting a preview of whats new!!!

    Who is going to get to set up under the arches? Also seems funny that the fish market is so far from the Arno, Where were the fish coming from I wonder?

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  18. It’s an oddly beautiful building. It reminds me of a centipede wearing stilts. 🙂

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