is a shoppers’ paradise. They have almost everything available
for sale. Food, books, clothes, shoes, art, antiques… there
is plenty of treasure to be found in the city.
One thing to get used to in Bologna is the operating hours of the
stores. Most establishments will open at nine in the morning and will
close for lunch at around twelve thirty. They will not normally re-open
until around 3:30 in the afternoon and stay open until around half
past seven at night. They usually have long lunch in between. It is
also common practice for the shops to close on Thursday afternoons,
Sunday and Monday mornings. Knowing this will allow you to plan your
shopping trip better.
If fashion is what you’re looking for, the best places to go
are the streets off Piazza Maggiore. These include Via Rizzoli, Via
dell'Indipendenza and Via Farini. The shops of the top Italian designers
can be found here, including Bologna’s own Furla. Prada, Salvatore
Ferragamo and MaxMara are just a few of the places that you can go
to here. You can also go to the Galleria Cavour shopping mall if you
Food in Bologna is an experience. It is considered the food capital
of Italy. If you wish to buy fresh food then the markets of Bologna
is your destination. The Mercato Coperto on Via Ugo Bassi and Orefici
Market on Via dei Orefici are great places to go because they offer
a wide variety of products. If you’re looking for wines, the
Enoteca Italiana on via Marsala has the best selction of wines, both
local and regional.
Streghe are crackers typical to Bologna. The name literally translates
to witches and it comes in a variety of flavours. If you want to taste
this unique pastry, visit the Panificio Vacca Angelo on Via Riva Reno.
Another great bakery is the Panificio Osti Giuliano on Via Galliera.
Here, the specialty is the raviola con la mostarda. That is a Bolognese
cookie with a pear and apple jam.
If its books you want, visit the Libreria Feltrinelli. This is Italy’s
largest and best bookstore chain. Its main branch is found here in
Bologna on the piazza di Porta Ravegnana. Another branch can be found
at via dei Mille. Of course you may be looking for a particular kind
of book. If the topic you are looking for involves the performing
arts, you may prefer to go down the Via Mentana to the Libreria di
Cinema Teatro Musica. If you don’t read Italian, a good place
to find books in your own language would be the Libreria Feltrinelli
Internazionale located on via Zambini. The Itinerari on via San Vitale
is a great place for travellers. It is a travel bookshop that is well
stocked; and even sells some travel equipment. This can be a lifesaver
when you’re in a foreign country.
You can find any number of treasures to bring home as souvenirs of
your trip to Bologna. Nothing though will compare with the experience
and the memories you will acquire from your visit.