WP Michelle says, this week share a photo that includes a name. When you stop and look, you realize that you’re surrounded by names: street signs, name tags, vanity license plates, boat names, brand names, the spines of the books … there are possibilities everywhere.

On a recent trip to Turin, I meandered the Borgo Po. Turin’s famous flea market is a century-old, sprawling outdoor affair. It attracts browsers, collectors, and strollers who buy a variety of things from purses to potholders, statues to screwdrivers.

img_1138So many vendors, live music, pungent aromas. Stalls huddle up against ancient facades across the bridge from the city proper.


Cafes, vinoteccas, gelato trucks. Antiques, furniture, ceramics, books, clothing, vintage cars, old toys, clothes, handicrafts and trinkets of all kinds.  Borgo Po Fall Festa is quite the draw. Have a look.

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But this street really wowed.  A row of vintage cars, one more ogle-worthy than the next.


Before coming to America, my Nonno and Nonna Bruno lived near Torino. They were farmers and silk weavers who relied on mules and worms for a living.  Cars were for rich people.

I was so mesmerized by these vintage autos that I almost missed a ‘sign’  from my grandparents.


I love to learn about my ancestors but their stories aren’t only found in museums.


There’s no better place to immerse yourself in a locale, to be an archaeologist of your past, than at a flea market. In Italy, I went to the Borgo Po and it will forever be engraved in my memory.


Toni 1/12/17


  1. An interesting post. Thank you. How lovely that you were able to take this trip, and what a great sign “Bruno”. I’ve been to Torino twice, but not been to this market (whereas I know several of the outdoor markets in Firenze, and used to even know some of the vendors quite well).

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    1. It’s truly a unique experience. Easy to tell the strollers from the serious shoppers! This was our first trip to Piemonte, we hiked the Lakes region, were entranced by Alba/Monforte, etc, spent some time in Stresa, would go back in a minute 🙂

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  2. Hello! I often travel to Turin, the city of my grandparents. Borgo Po and the Ballon are amazing zones. I know the Piemonte very well. Your post is great. When I’m in travel I take pictures with names. Bye!


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