Update may 2008- Unfortunately this old shops is closed now cause they moved into another location, not in city center, but in a neighboorood district...it's a pity that all the old fashinating shops have to close due to a lot of problems...the high locations prices, no parking in city center, too much shopping centers............
"If u need fabrics, in this store you will be able to find all what you wished.
Disposed on five floor you will be able to find from the silk to the the furnishing fabrics too. The store has been recently restructured,but it maintain the original shape and the windows of the beginning of the century... this store is a piece of the recent history of this city"
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.
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.
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
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!
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...
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in the most ancient part of Bologna, within a Roman street plan, il Mercato di Mezzo has been Bologna's traditional market are for at least two millennia. While the types of businesses have mostly changed in modern times, the names of the streets have eternalised the traditional businesses that were once thriving. Streets names, such as Pescherie, Calzolerie, Orefici, and Clavature, translate to fishermongers, shoemakers, jewellers, and key makers. This area, which is also known as il Quadrilatero, is located behind Palazzo dei Banchi on Piazza Maggiore, and Piazza della Mercanzia, just south of le Due Torri. Nowadays, the shops in the area sell mostly delicious-looking fresh produce, as well as gourmet Italian food and wine products.