Corte Isolani: Fabulous Bologna in a nutshell
Corte Isolani is a complex of shops selling wonderful art pieces, antiques and trendy fashion - and for English culture afficionados - the British Council. Located in a beautiful refurbished medieval building, it is perhaps one of the best representation of Bologna's innate spectacular sense of style that comes so natural. I never bought anything from any of the shops here, but I thought this place truly captures that distinctive Bolognese flair for the good and the beautiful.
Feltrinelli International: Liked this shop a lot.
Nothing better than a bookshop when you have an idle hour. And this is an international bookshop so there are English books and Deutsche Bucher and Livros Portugueses etc.
And downstairs a DVD section. We were looking for Fellinis that we hadn't seen - having just seen Amarcord for the first time - but they had nothing we hadn't seen. Then we got it into our minds that Roma:Citta Aperta or Paisa (filmed in Florence just after the war) would be just the souvenir of Bologna we wanted. We were discussing this as we searched the shelves - and - and this is the beauty of Bologna it seemed to me - a young man who was eavesdropping just had to try and help us. He knew all about the films and seemed excited that we had heard of them. A very pleasant encounter. But we had no luck.
This shop is just off the main drag and there is an ordinary Feltrinellis close by.
The friendliness of Bolognese also came to the fore when we got a bit lost walking back to the station and asked a man in the street and he was most ebulliant and helpful and seemed delighted to be able to help.
If you don't want tourists in Bologna you Bolognese, you better go a bit easy on the being nice and helpful and chatty to them. It makes for such a pleasant experience they want to come back.
Majani chocolate - in various Bolognese shops: Bologna's contribution to Italian chocolate heaven
You may have to search high and low to find the tortellini chocolates, but they're worth it. I found the bars on Via dell'Indipendenza that are closest to the railway station are a good bet. The other Majani chocolates are more widely available, again along Via dell'Indipendenza in particular. Try both bars and food shops - you'll know you're in the right place when you see chocolate displays in the window to tempt you in...
What to buy: Majani chocolate has been produced in Bologna for centuries and today there is a variety of beatifully-made shapes and bars. But particularly special are the little chocolate tortellini. These are perfect replicas in milk, dark and/or white chocolate of the typical Bolognese stuffed pasta shape, but filled instead with silky praline. These make a great present.
The company also makes Fiat chocolates - look out for the easter eggs at the appropriate time, they make an attractive alternative to Cadbury's - and selection boxes.
What to pay: 15 to 20 Euros a box for the tortellini, less for smaller boxes of other varieties.
Ceramics: Terracotta Emiliana
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.
Cappelleria Zanasi: Old hats chop again!
I love hats but I love also thet the oldest shop will be alive for the future like patrimoni of my town!
Near Barbetti there are another old hats shop.
In this shop u can find new style hats like, the old type and very good, but expensive brand!
CAPPELLERIE Cappellerie Trentini di Beccari Carmen V. Indipendenza 33/e 051/224276
Osvaldo Vintage and Zoe&chy: "vintage restyling" dresses and accessories
osvaldo vintage: via caduti di cefalonia 4/c - with male clothes too
zoe&chy: via san vitale 1 - bologna - a lot of accessories
What to buy: Two storees dedicate to "vintage restyling", the last tendency of the street style, the art to personalize and re-invent used clothes, adappted to the new tendencies. Made in Italy from the tissues to the working, the clothes are made with regenerate tissues and with handicraft techniques, that donates personality and authenticity to all the articles. For who it wants to be distinguished from the mass, with little prices.
Outside the stadium: Souvenirs
There are some wagons outside the stadium that sell scarves, matchshirts, t-shirts, hats and more and more. Prices are normal, around 5-6 euro for a scarve, 10 euro for a shirt, but don’t forget that everything is non-official souvenirs.
CAMAIEU: Shopping in Via Indipendenza
Camaieu is the name of a women's clothes chaine of shops. The philosophy behind these chaine of shops is to sell clotes for girls from 15 to 35 years old. The quality is not at the top but prices are cheap, so sometimes it can be a chance to change often your way to wear.
various names.....: Shopping Via D'Azeglio
Whenever you are in Bologna you cannot leave without spending a few hours in Via D'Azeglio: renamed "the living room" by the Bolognese, the street leads to the most important square in the city (Piazza Maggiore) and offers the possibility of taking a timeless stroll in a completely pedestrian area; the elegant atmosphere of Via D'Azeglio is due to the beautiful palaces from the Bologna Renaissance period that act as a backdrop to the most important stores in the city. While you stroll down Via D'Azeglio you can take in a cocktail and friendly conversation or stop in front of the elegant boutique windows. Via D' Azeglio offers its guests a synthesis of Bologna.
Gucci, Prada, Armani etc.: Shopping in Galleria Cavour
The history of Galleria Cavour Building work began on Galleria Cavour after the Second World War, in 1948, and the first shops were completed around 1960. The idea was to connect Piazza Cavour with the Pavaglione loggia with a covered walkway, i.e. "Galleria Cavour". Since the very beginning, the city's best stores have been located there. Now you can find brands such as Bulgari, Cartier, Céline, Christofle, Emporio Armani, Escada, Fendi, Gai Mattiolo, Gianni Versace, Gucci, La Perla, Louis Vuitton, Malo, Sutor Mantellassi, Tod's and Trussardi. It has been internationally recognised as one of the most important shopping streets in the world. Panelled with fine marble and red granite, it successfully combines the idea of the American shopping mall with European elegance.
variuos names of shops: Shopping in Corte Isolani
In the heart of Bologna, after more than 600 years, one can walk down a passageway through buildings that already linked Strada Maggiore to Piazza S .Stefano in the 13th century. Through porticos, loggia and courtyards, where medieval shops stood, you now find the ideal place for strolling, shopping and meeting people. Unusual boutiques, located in a unique setting, offer a wide range of high quality items, to satisfy the more refined clients. Art galleries, cafés, a restaurant, a travel agency, a bank and a company of specialised dealers and stockbrokers enrich your promenade along Corte Isolani.
GEOX SHOP: Shoes for walking in city center
What to buy: This shop is dedicated to Geox shoes, is full of different models for every occasion. I recommend to choose a pair of this shoes to walk around Bologna.
What to pay: About 100 euros for a pair, confort and quality, honest prices.
street food market: Piazza Aldrovandi
It's a street market full of fresh produce, cheeses, and meats.
What to buy: Try one of those sweet juicy blood oranges. Stop in at a small cafe, Bar Aldrovandi, and they will make you fresh orange juice from the blood oranges.
City's Market: Stuff for all tastes!
I just caugh Bologna's market one of this Saturdays. It's huge!
There you can find almost anything, for all kinds of tastes.
I'm not sure how regular is the market, I'll find out and let you know. You can usually find nice cloths in Italian markets. Be sure you'll also find a lot of crap!
The attentive to the prices, not everything is cheaper there.
What to buy: Almost anything!
What to pay: Hopefully not much...
shopping in center
Well well well, if shops are making discount of 70 percent, think what add they add to the real price for being able to sell later things with 70 percent discounts. or... you want to say any shops would work without any profit? Just for thinking.. matchematics like this real price + 200 percent - 70 percent discount and you still do your business.. I'm talking about shops in the center. well, just my thoughts.
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