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Tom Weber: Working Girls

Traveling Boy Bloggers on the Move: Working Girls
Story and photos by Tom Weber

iron prow of a gondola - Venice, Italy
Iron prow of a gondola - Venice, Italy

unday. It's the "lazy" day of the week when most people chill and daydream about idyllic places that they'll probably never reach.

Of course, not everyone got the "memo" about Sunday being a day of relaxation and imaginary flights of fancy. There are lots of folk hard at work each and every Sunday all across the planet, and Bella Italia is no exception.

Piazza dei Signori - Vicenza, Italy
Piazza dei Signori – Vicenza, Italy

Around the Peninsula, small towns and big cities transform their main piazza (square) into a market or fair of some kind on any given Domenica (Sunday).

Last weekend, Vicenza's Piazza dei Signori wrapped up hosting the fifth edition of the city's three-day-long outdoor flower and floriculture show: "Fiori, colori e..." (Flowers, colors and...).

L to R: flowers for sale; jewelry for sale, Vicenza, Italy

L to R: bedsheets for sale; dried fruit for sale, Vicenza, Italy

Along with local and regional vendors selling flowers, shrubs and trees, and gardening gurus handing out green-thumb advice and brochures, there were the occasional non-floral stands, too: from hard salami to handmade jewelry, from bed spreads to dried fruits. The later is where I happened upon the two "working girls" in this working title.

Antonella and Francesca at their fruit stand

Meet Antonella (l) and Francesca (r), the two ladies that operate the Primaprimizia (the first ripened fruit of the season) stand from Monza.

Filled with dried fruit from harvested produce from just about every corner of the globe, this open-air storefront is just as colorful, if not more so, than its floral competitors.

Like desert nomads, these "working girls" move from city to city, market to market each and every Sunday selling their sweet, colorful, tasty morsels.

It's hard to miss their banco (stand) with its large baskets of bright and bold colors, colors that look like they've leaped right off a van Gogh canvas.

dried fruit for sale at Antonella's and Francesca's fruit stand

more dried fruit for sale

Pause for a moment and you'll be offered a sample. Once tasted, you're hooked, and before you know it you're walking away with a bag or two filled with some of the best-tasting dried fruit you'll ever savor, not to mention time well spent with the two friendly "working girls" of Primaprimizia.

Related Articles:
Vicenza: The City of Palladio; Riviera di Ulisse; The Little Village Atop the Hill (Castelluccio di Norcia); Norcia, Umbria; Cape of Circeo, Italy; Piovene Rocchette, Italy; Northern Italy; Lake Como

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Spent time in Sarajevo in the fall of 1973…beer was excellent!

--- David

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Hi Tom,

I must say, you're photographs are always amazing. They are top notch. You bring so much class to Traveling Boy. It's photographs like yours that make me want to go out and do my own traveling. Please don't get tired of sending us your amazing adventures. It's such a delight for the soul.

--- Raoul, Whittier, CA

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Hi Tom:

I'm also an American living in Italy. I've read with interest your blog and articles. I'd like to speak with you regarding residency and citizenship for Americans in Italy as you do seem to have a great deal of knowledge on all of these subjects. Would it be possible to give you a call on the phone? If so, please let me know how to reach you. If not, I can ask my questions via email.

Thank you!

--- David

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Hey Tom – Wow! Love those photos – they are so super that they make me A) Want to start eating NOW. B) Go there myself. C) See all that pristine beauty that looks so restful and peaceful. Great story, superb pix!!! Bravo!!

--- John, Los Angeles, CA

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Feedback for Destination Southwestern France: Saint-Émilion

Good job, Tom, and timely info. St. Émilion is in the list of places Jim Hayes and I will visit in September 2014. If we get the chance, we will exploit your experience to enhance the trip!

--- Bobby Harper, Dameron, MD

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Feedback for Vicenza Walks – Monte Berico

I lived in Vicenza for 4 years in the U.S. ARMY from 1963 to 1967. A wonderful place to explore. Palladio’s works are amazing. Have been back twice since and find new places to visit. My favorite is MONTE BERICO where I have some wonderful photos of my family.

--- Dr. Albert Pizzi, Hanover, MA

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I liked the new TB particularly the Vicenza article that took me back as a youth when we lived in Naples and travelled up there for a baseball tourney (U.S. Military Bases dependent schools played each other.)

Took me back to the plaza.

--- Bill

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Very interesting note. I have wedroned which route the early pre-Christian and Christian pilgrims travelled to Rome from England. Is it still possible to travel the Francigena trail?

--- Pawel

You can find out more info on walking tours of Via Francigena at this site: Thanks for stopping by and commenting..


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Good article, enjoyed reading it. Saved your recommended sights for future use.

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You're going to be great at this Tom. Congrats.

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