The Gran Balon

The Gran Balon

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

I mentioned in one of the previous posts, a flea market in Torino called the Balon. After a bit of research I found that “balon” is a piemontese word for “ball”. The wikipedia description is a bit murky about how this became the name for the market. So the Balon occurs every weekend. But only the second Sunday of each the month there is the Gran Balon, i.e. Big Balon. While the Balon is quite interesting it is mostly a flea market of used stuff with a scattering of antiques here and there. The Gran Balon on the other hand is just the opposite, mostly a market of antiques or higher end goods with still a bunch of used stuff. We walked pretty much the entire market. Lots and lots of ceramics, glassware, silver services and interesting stuff but I just took photos of the things that I found more unique. So here they are.

I thought that the home puppet show stage was pretty interesting.
One guy had lost of prints of advertisements and photos
And more!!!
I happened to notice the figures painted on the wall of the first floor of this building. High class graffiti instead of that at the base of the building.
We were both pretty impressed with this ship model
Just a nice street view, there are several bars and eating places along here, handy if you need a coffee or need to use the bathroom – if the latter then you should at least buy a coffee.
One guy had a lot of interesting African art.
More African stuff, primarily baskets.
A vendor selling leathers buy the yard.

Well, that’s all folks. I hope that you enjoyed it.

2 Responses to “The Gran Balon”

  1. Cynthia Salamy Says:

    So, didn’t you buy anything?!

  2. Joe Says:

    Nothing special just a mug and a magnifying glass. Ordinary stuff amidst a lot of cool stuff that would be expensive and difficult to take back to Bologna on the train.


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