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Vintage & Handmade: Christmas markets in Emilia-Romagna

by /// December 5, 2022
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes



Vintage and brand clothing, jewellery and precious objects, but also furniture of some years back and craft objects that you would have never imagined to find on the stalls of a market. All this at affordable prices.

Christmas is coming. It’s time for us to begin to draw up the list of people to give a gift to.

Every year it is a drama and no one leaves this battlefield unscathed. You have to rack your brain to find the perfect gift, which has to be nice but not too much expensive. There is the risk to be swallowed up by the Saturday afternoon’s traffic, maybe to be overwhelmed by the crowd in a shopping centre, or to spend sleepless nights glued to the computer for some e-commerce.

Good thing that during the last years the trend of vintage and handmade has caught on increasingly on in Italy, giving life to new realities, and even if they are rather recent, they have become an excellent opportunity to meet and know each other, to exchange ideas or just to wish Christmas greetings.

For this reason, I have prepared a list of the best vintage & handmade Christmas markets in Emilia-Romagna, where you can enjoy your Christmas shopping days and find exclusive and unique presents.

Gypsy Garden

Place: Cervia | Magazzini del Sale, via Nazario Sauro 1
Time: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December 2022, from 11 am to 10 pm
Admission: € 5; free admission for children under 12 years old

Gipsy Garden Christmas 2022 Cervia
Gipsy Garden Christmas 2022 Cervia

The GIPSY GARDEN in three words? Quality, Magic, Experience. A garden of creative souls awaits you inside the Cervia salt warehouses, to amaze you with its creative spokespersons of the Made in Italy quality craftsmanship.

To make this event even more magical, artistic performances, musical moments and  many delicious things to eat and drink.

A/mano Market

Place: Piacenza | Former Church of Sant’Ilario, via Garibaldi 17
Time: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 2022, from 10am to 8pm
Admission: free

A/Mano 2022 Piacenza
A/Mano 2022 Piacenza

A/MANO MARKET is the handmade and creativity festival in Piacenza since 2011. This market is a good opportunity to find exclusive objects, especially in view of Christmas, from dressmaking to items of all kinds, including jewelry or furniture pieces.

It also represents an excellent meeting point for young designers and artisans coming both from the surroundings and from far away. It is a very dynamic social space enriched by music performances and appetizing food stands.

Era-Ora Market

Place: Bologna | LÀBAS, Vicolo Bolognetti 2
Time: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 2022, from 11am to 8pm
Admission: free

Era-Ora Market 2022 Bologna
Era-Ora Market 2022 Bologna

A new, double Christmas appointment awaits you in Bologna, in the beautiful courtyard of Vicolo Bolognetti managed by the Làbas collective: ERA-ORA MARKET is back with a rich proposal for vintage clothing accessories, crafts, accessories and handmade productions.

Garage Sale Xmas Edition

Place: Ravenna | Artificerie Almagià, via dell’Almagià 2
Time: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 2022, from 10am to 7pm
Admission: free

Garage Sale Christmas 2022 Ravenna
Garage Sale Christmas 2022 Ravenna

Inside the Almagià – a polyvalent space that once was a warehouse of sulphur in the City Dock area in Ravenna – you can find the usual meeting with GARAGE SALE in a special Christmas version.

It is a friendly temporary shop, perfect if you’re looking for vintage or second-hand objects, but also if you like to spend an amusing day with your friends among music, quality food, and artistic installations.

Vintage Trip Christmas Market

Dove: Bologna | Parco della Montagnola
Quando: Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December 2022, from 11am to 9.30pm
Admission: free

Vintage Trip 2022 Bologna
Vintage Trip 2022 Bologna

Physical extension of the well-known market that animates the Montagnola area every weekend, the VINTAGE TRIP CHRISTMAS MARKET is a vintage-style clothing and accessories market, with live concerts, DJ sets, food & beer area, and many activities for adults and children.

Cesare temporary shop

Place: Cesena | Via Carbonari 14
Santarcangelo di Romagna | Via Don Minzoni 25
Faenza | Corso Matteotti 4

Time: from November 25th to December 24th, from 10am to 7.30pm
Admission: free

Cesare Temporary Store 2022
Cesare Temporary Store 2022

If you’re looking for a design and handcraft Christmas present, pop up at one of the threee CESARE TEMPORARY SHOP (by Makers Mrkt), open this year in Cesena, Santarcangelo di Romagna and Faenza.

A real experience for all lovers of self-produced design, with over 30 brands of excellence including local artists and artisans.


Davide Marino

Davide Marino was born archaeologist but ended up doing other things. Rational – but not methodic, slow – but passionate. A young enthusiast with grey hair

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