Bologna’s Antiques Market

Antiques market Piazza santo Stefano Bolonga

The tradition of travelling markets is still very strong in Italy, as it is throughout Europe. Amongst the most interesting are those attended by a wide range of antique and bric-a-brac traders. Bologna’s main antiques market is held once a month in the beautiful Piazza Santo Stefano, spilling over into nearby streets.

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The market with some of the Santo Stefano churches in the background.

It’s a wonderful location for a market. At the far end of the piazza are some of the ancient churches which make up the Santo Stefano complex, which I described in a previous post, Santo Stefano – Bologna’s Mystical Past. Surrounding the irregularly shaped area are many old buildings with good examples of Bologna’s porticos.

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Some of the porticos ringing the piazza.

Notable is the Palazzo Bolognini Amorini Salina with its series of terracotta faces.

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One of the numerous terracotta faces on the facade of Palazzo Bologini Amorini Salina

Most dealers specialise in a particular type of item. For example you can find military memorabilia

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Military memorabilia seems popular.


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Interesting vintage items under glass.


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Looking for that rare postcard for a collection.


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A box full of dolls.

and even vintage glasses.

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Vintage but unused sun glasses.

Have a break at a bar, browse the old books, shop with your loved ones.

The market takes place on the second Sunday of each month and the Saturday before this except in July and August. Occasionally it’s not held due to a special event at the location and conversely there are sometimes extra market days. You can check at this site. .

If you miss the main market, there is a much smaller version held every Thursday as part of the large general market held in the Piazza VIII Agosto. The small antiques section is located adjacent to Via del Indipendenza near Via San Giuseppe.

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The very thing to decorate your house.

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