One of the pleasures of travelling is investigating local markets. Most towns have regular open air markets, operating in all kinds of weather. Local vendors and farmers set up stalls to sell their products – from cheeses and preserved meats, seasonal fruit and veg to flowers and potted plants, flashy trinkets, a multitude of household items, garish fabrics and cheap apparel. There is something invigorating about being among the locals trawling for a good buy.
Thursday Market Day at Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in Northern Tuscany was dreary and wet when we visited. In fact, a deluge occurred, but it did not put either us or the locals off. Shopping went on as usual just outside the entrance to the old fortified town centre although the outside café tables were abandoned.
Similar activity was seen at the central piazza. Sales of umbrellas were doing a brisk business.
And as the morning progressed, the clouds dispersed. A cheerful flower vendor resumed sales.
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