This is one of the few shop selling second hand cd, lp and dvd. You can buy a second hand cd from 5 up to 10 euros (normally it's 21 euros for a new cd in Italy). It is run by a very nice guy who has been a music lover forever. Ask him everything, he will do his bests to satisfy your requests (he speaks English). He also sells concert tickets. There everyone has the opportunity to listen to the cd and if you are still interested, buy it.
Not nice to tell, but I find that in Reggio there are not may bookstores. Italians are well-known for not being such a good reader, actually. This bookstore is outstanding not for what they offer but for the very nice location in a very ancient palace. The refurbishing works took a long time but the results are really impressive: a mix between ancient and modern design. The offer is very wide since the bookstore is really big; actually there are two and also the little one, located in Piazza S.Prospero, has a very nice room to be considered worthseeing. In the bigger one there are many presentation of books, for those of you who can understand Italian. So, although you do not need a book (the section in foreign language is to limited I think), just go there to see the place. It will not disappoint you.
On Sat. 9 am - 7.30 pm (they open many times on Sundays, too but I cannot tell when)
On Thu 9 am - 1.00 pm
From Mon-Fri 9 am- 12.30 am and 3.30 pm 7.30 pm
In piazza Fontanesi, every Saturday morning the "mercato contadino" is held. You can find plenty of farmers offering their products, especially fruit and vegetables but also cheese, homemade jams and wines. The quality is very good and price are reasonable.
Every Saturday, 8 am - 1 pm
It looks like a regular nice bookstore but they have also a great selection of travels guide. Moreover, in a certain country's section, you'll find fiction books about the country or written by author coming from there. I think it's a great way to get introduced in a certain place (see my album "books and travels".
Besides, you can enjoy the cute cafeteria. In Italy it's not so common to find a bookstore which is also a cafeteria and in Reggio it's the unique example.
The brand MaxMara is famous in the world, but it is little known that Reggio Emilia is its birthplace and still remains its main basis. It started as a family business and over the years it became a big company (its registered name is Diffusione Tessile) with several lines: MaxMara, Max & Co., SportMax, iBlues, Marina Rinaldi.
Near Reggio Emilia, in the village of Boretto, there is a factory outlet where you can buy all these brands at substantially discounted prices. The Diffusione Tessile outlet is open Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.30, it is open from 9.30 to 19.30 on Saturdays, but it is closed on Sundays.
In my shopping tips you won’t find the name of big shopping centers, born like mushrooms in the last year in Reggio Emilia and that you can find in every travel guide but you will find such unusual shops it is really worth to be visited.
This more or less 18- years-old artistic bookbinding shop has been run by a nice lady, a former graphic designer. Via Dell’Erba is a narrow but comfortable road with no shops except for Almanacco.
Opening hours: every morning 9.00am-1.00 pm
afternoon: only Fri and Sat 4.00 pm- 7.30 pm
What to buy: Here you can find everything you can do with paper: photo albums, diaries, note books, photo frames, receipts books, guests book, pencils boxes and paintings (Anna Baldi is also painter, essentially pencils and aquarelles. She is specialized in children drawings). Everything is hand made and different from another. Customized items can be manufactured upon request…the waiting list is not so long!