Bologna Shopping

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    the oldest shop in Bologna
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    Ceramics: Terracotta Emiliana

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 17, 2014

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    Located in Rocchetta (the basement of the Asinelli Tower), this beautiful shop offers nice local craftworks in ceramics.

    What to buy: You wont find cheap touristy ceramics here because all items are made in art schools or workshops.

    What to pay: Depend on how much one want to spend. Personaly, I hate those cheap souvenirs on market places.

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    Gorgeous local pasta, bread and .. kitchenware

    by Trekki Updated Oct 11, 2014

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    For any food and cooking enthusiast, Bologna is the utmost shopping paradise. Especially the area east of Piazza Maggiore is dotted with speciality shops for the typical delights of Bologna and this part of Emilia Romagna. Tortelloni, tortellini, stuffed with anything one can imagine, other homemade pasta, ravioli of course, then bread and sweets, especially so delicious looking cookies. Other specialities include sausages, especially salami (look for “Salumeria”) and mortadella and prosciutto di Parma (look for “Macelleria”), of course the famous parmeggiano reggiano (parmesan cheese). The “Pannetteria”, a bakery, was especially tempting and ... surprise... I am almost sure that their cookies and bread and sweets are very good because when I passed it two policemen went inside and came out with a bag full of goodies. It is located in Via Alfredo Testoni, on the way from Piazza Maggiore westward to chiesa San Francesco. Why the police? Their headquarter is located a few metres away in Via IV Novembre.

    I was so tempted but then I decided that I don’t do this during my 2 ½ days in Bologna simply because the choices were too many. Instead I will come back, and then visit only Bologna with a minimum of luggage so that I can fill my backpack with finest goodies until I reach the allowance of 20 kg.

    In addition to all the culinary delights I saw an abundance of shops selling kitchenware. Not just the ordinary one but funny and also practical things. Among the various kitchen things the parmesan bowl (photo 4) was my all-time favourite, in the shape of the typical parmesan wheel. This makes also for a nice souvenir. I didn’t actively look for it though but found it later on a website for 4 Euro. Other kitchenware shops I saw had a lot of Alessi products on special sale. And I was pleased to see that many shops also sell Koziol products, a designer in Erbach, Odenwald, Germany. So nice to see that they made it into the Italian kitchen design world with their products.

    In Via Santo Stefano, the street leading to the fabulous church Santo Stefano, I saw another kitchenware shop, Gallina Smilza. They have very colourful funny looking kitchenware of almost all kind, including a retro shopping bag I liked very much. But somehow I forgot to go back later.... Ok, there is always a next time :-)

    Where to buy? All over in town.

    © Ingrid D., September 2014 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

    Policemen buy cookies here :-) Isn't it just cute? Koziol - in Bologna :-)
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    Fresh produces - daily

    by Trekki Updated Oct 8, 2014

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    For those who are staying in accommodation with kitchen and for anyone who wants to buy just small snacks or fruit: the fruit & vegetable market stalls east of Piazza Maggiore, in the east-west streets Via Clavature, Via Pescherie Vecchie and Via Orefici and in the north-south street Via Drapperie are ideal places to stock up or just munch on the food. The prices at the food stalls are surprisingly reasonable (through my eyes which are used to high prices in Germany), everything I saw looked fresh and very delicious. I already look forward to my next stay in Bologna, but then with access to a kitchen so that I will be able to cook. Or ... continue to eat myself through the restaurant dishes.... what a choice...

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    Bookshops

    by Trekki Updated Oct 8, 2014

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    Bologna is a university town with more than 80000 students. Hence the availability of bookshops and books of course is quite large. These are ranging from the traditional ones to shops with used books. And of course, books about almost everything and every theme are available.

    For us visitors who would like to buy guide books about the town in other than Italian, Feltrinelli is the best address. Conveniently located in the town centre, it is at the end of Via Rizzoli, at Piazza Ravegnana, opposite of the Due Torri. Feltrinelli is a chain, I know it from Siena. Their Bologna shop is very large with sections about almost every theme one can imagine. Especially their language books sections seem to be quite good (at least large): books in English, Spanish, French, and German are available.
    Their section with books about Bologna is difficult to find. I would have thought that they have it prominently displayed, but not so. It is behind the information counter. But they have several books in several languages. After browsing I finally bought the book “Bologna on Foot” by Taita Press for 14,90 Euro: ”Bologna on Foot”, Taita Press and here at Feltrinelli’s: ”Bologna on Foot”, at Feltrinelli. It is available in English, Spanish, French and Russian, and of course in Italian. It can also be purchased with audio guide (mp3 files) for 19,90 Euro, but I prefer not to hear a voice through earplugs.

    During my walks through town I also came across another bookstore: Libreria Nanni, in Via dei Musei (just one street south of Via Clavature), with outside space and book racks under the arcades. From the large queue outside I think there was a specific sale going on. There were stalls with used books outside too. But I didn’t go inside, so I cannot judge about the available books. It looked as if it would be mostly Italian books though.

    Location of Libreria Nanni (1) and Feltrinelli Bookshop (2) on Bing Maps.

    © Ingrid D., October 2014 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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    Eataly: read & drink feed body and soul

    by xaver Written Jan 7, 2014

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    Eataly is good food shopping chain. You can find it in some italian cities and also abroad. I had never the chance to visit one of those shops before and so, in Bologna I did not want to miss it.
    They sell only food of a very good quality, mainly made in Italy ofcourse, practically the best of any italian region.
    In Bologna it is very small but it has something peculiar, infact the food shop is inside a book shop, or the book shop is inside the food shop, anyway it was a match that amazed me. You read a few pages of a book and think of the perfect cheese for that evening, and then a good wine exc.
    Inside there are a couple of small bars where you can taste some cold cuts, wine, or beer, so you can also buy your book and read the first pages enjoying a drink.
    http://www.bologna.eataly.it/

    eataly eataly shop
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    The oldest shop in Bologna

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 10, 2013

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    Would you believe it, this shop was established in 1273, which means 840 years ago and still standing! It can be seen in Piazza della Mercanzia although its adress is Via San Stefano 1 but fact is, this street starts right from the square.
    Actually, the shop is situated in the base of the Torre degli Alberici and is considered the oldest surviving shop in Bologna. The local guy told me; the shop still smells of cheese and he was convinced about it. I can't tell you about because the shop was always closed during my last couple of visitings to the town. Noteworthy is the door of the shop which look alike drawbridge. It is very typical medieval shop with a wooden lock in the shape of a leaf.

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    flowers

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 10, 2013

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    Florists have a special gift for harmony and beauty, Italian florists in that are widely known and recognized. If one lives in the city of exceptional beauty, where every house or street excudes charm and harmony, what else we could expect from the local florists then to make the floral arrangments which are equally beautiful, harmonious and charming as the city of Bologna is.

    What to buy: Flowers is a gift from appretiation or love and must be given on a same day because it live shortly. If travelling along with your sweetheart she would love to get flowers, even if single one. Buy her a flower and after you do it she wont complain that you are stolling around like unstopable maniac.

    florist in Via Drapperie

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    Via dell'Indipendenza: Many shops with affordable prices

    by croisbeauty Written Jan 30, 2013

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    Via dell'Indipendenza is the longest street inside of the historic centre of Bologna, cutting it from Piazza del Nettuno all the way down to the Railway Station. It is porticoed in most of its parts with hundreds of shops, cafe-bars and a few restaurants. Via dell'Indipendenza is real shopping paradise, especially for young people. Here one can find a brand new fashion trends for very affordable prices. In fact, some of the shops have permanent sales for really small money. Don't miss it if not ready to spend alot of money for the cloths.

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    Via Foscherari: Frutta e verdura - fruits and vegetables

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 30, 2013

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    I am not sure about location weather this is via Foscherari or Massei, anyway, the small green market is in one short and narrow street which lead directly to the Piazza Maggiore.
    Emilia Romagna is best known for its agricultural production and I was expected to see more favourable prices for fruits and vegetables. However, the prices are higher than those in Veneto or Lombardy!

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    Galleria Cavour: Designers shopping, big names

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    Even many Italians will describe Bologna like shopping paradise for clohs and shoes, offering very affordable prices for high quality garments. Galleria Cavour is situated in the heart of the historic centre, just a foot from the main city square. It is where the most of big designers names in clothing and shoes held their shops, such as Versace, Cavalli, Max Mara, Rossini or Pollini.

    What to buy: Most items are very expensive and not many people cannot afford to buy such a garments....

    Galleria Cavour

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    La Baita: Delicatessen at its best

    by Tuzik Written Oct 5, 2012

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    This is an amazing store in the Mercato area of Bologna. The door was open, and I could not walk past it without going into the store and checking their enormous selections of meats, cheeses, vinegars, pastas, oils, and all imaginable sorts of delicatessen food. The smell of mortadella and cured meats will have you crave for a sample. We overheard people say there is a small cafeteria in the upstairs space. It was the best choice we could make for a delicious lunch. Great sandwiches, cold meat cuts, wine, salads - all available to order and as fresh as they can be. After lunch we shopped there for balsamic vinegar of Modena. They have a great selection for any budget. A must to visit when in Bologna!

    What to buy: Vinegar, olive oil, condiments, other deli products.

    What to pay: It's probably overpriced because it's in the very center of touristy route but it's worth it because of the high quality.

    You would not leave this store empty handed.

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    Moda Italiana

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 20, 2011

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    A collection of various lether bags designed by world map on it. The quality of lether is Italian one, that means the best on the world market. Ladies adore handbags, especially if leather made. If buying bag as a present for you lady make sure it is of leather but if cannot afford to pay the price do not go for the substitute of other cheaper materials, your lady would never forget it to you.

    What to buy: Leather bags and accessories.

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    Corte Isolani: High fashion shops

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 20, 2011

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    There is a number of exclusive fashion shops inside of the Isolani Palace, worth to see. Bologna is known for its fashion and style and affordable prices, even Italians who visiting Bologna like shopping here.

    What to buy: Those who have preferable designer wont look for other names, those who have alot of money and nouveau riches do shopping acompaigned by the "coolie". The most important is to do it with the class and style.

    Palazzo Isolani Corte Isolani

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    Antiques shop

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 20, 2011

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    There are several Antique shops in Via S. Vitale. All of this shops have an excellent offer. Bologna is "old lady" alike place and people here admiring good life style.

    What to buy: It could be nice piece of antique furniture or lamp, could be present for our friends, all depend on how much one could afford to spend.

    What to pay: According to the offer the prices are resonable, of course it depend wether one can afford it or not.

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    Cappelleria Barbetti: Hats, Hats, Hats!!!

    by ludogatto Updated Aug 8, 2011

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    august 2011 - this shop too, like Pasquini, is disappeard.... a new brand is in it, new brand you can find in all the main city of the world...massification!

    "this is one of the anciet shop in Bologna, the forniture are not changed and u can see the liberty style architecture."

    What to buy: Hats...from the most femouse brand to the special hats for marrieges and special party.
    U can find also skarf and gloves.

    One of the oldes chop in Bologna

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