I managed to sneak a trip to Bologna, Italy, just before Christmas. The second Saturday and second Sunday of the month the antique market Mercato Antiquario Città di Bologna takes place in Piazza Santo Stefano in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica. It was peaceful when we visited and full of all kinds of treasures.
What I love about Bologna is that it has jaw dropping architecture, medieval towers, cobbled squares with fountains and churches, rows and rows of porticoed streets. This setting is inspirational, but it is also bursting with great shops, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants. Best of all, it’s very compact and walkable, and not over crowded with tourists.
Have a little look round, it was lovely taking pictures here.
We also found some lovely shops around the market area, I bought Christmas decorations home for my kids.
I took inspiration from the stunning arrangements in shop windows. This is exactly what I was thinking about in my last post.
We brought home some foodie treats, Bologna is a foodie paradise, so many stand out Italian foods like Parmesan and Balsamic are made locally and chefs in Bologna are famous for their fresh pasta, especially tortellini.
What an inspiring place to buy flowers!
We also enjoyed the French Christmas market, a change from German ones we have in Nottingham!
Need to Know
Find out more about markets in Bologna here.
We were guests of Hotel Touring, mention Penny Alexander for a 15% discount.
Find out more about the hotel, with it’s amazing roof terrace over Bologna, on Friday!