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.
Mercato di Mezzo: Traditional Markets
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.
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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.
Corte Isolani: High fashion shops
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eataly: read & drink feed body and soul
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.
- Beer Tasting
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- Wine Tasting
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.
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.
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.
Fresh produces - daily
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...
© Ingrid D., October 2014 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
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- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
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.
L'INDIE LOFT: Better than a conteporary art museum / exhibit
As I wrote under LOGGIAS I HAVE KNOWN, this is an ecclectic and eccentric fushion of fashions and furnishings in a beautiful building, with very interesting items from the world of haute coture and design. (If I fall asleep another tie while typing, I swear I will go to bed...)
What to buy: Well, you could choose between a 5.000 Euro black cocktail dress or a funky foto retouched with colour of some jovial Maharaja's during the Raj...
What to pay: Credit Card, don't carry that much cash unless you are laundering money!
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La Baita: Delicatessen at its best
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.
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