Where to shop in Bologna

Bologna has a wealth of exclusive boutiques, top quality antiques shops and stores selling international fashion and design brands. These are mainly located in pleasant pedestrian areas and the courtyards and galleries of the historic centre. Many shops are in the "Quadrilatero", the heart of the city, once home to its guilds. A sheltered enclave offering a vast array of quality goods.

Another major luxury shopping thoroughfare is the Galleria Cavour. Located strategically in the heart of Bologna, the elegant Galleria’s murals and nineteenth century marble floor make it a perfect setting for its prestigious boutiques and luxury brands.

The intriguing medieval and Renaissance streets of the Corte Isolani area, near the two Towers and Piazza Maggiore, is another great place to browse, with craft boutiques, speciality delicatessens, cafés and wine bars.

You might prefer the town market to luxury shopping, so don't miss a stroll around the Mezzo Market stalls near Piazza Maggiore, the oldest market in the city. It is located on three floors and has the very best in traditional Bolognese products to take home or eat on the spot: meat, fish, salami, cheese, fruit, bread, pizza, pasta, ice cream and cakes, wine and beer. Street food at its best.

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