Vintage & Handmade: Christmas markets in Emilia-Romagna

Vintage & Handmade: Christmas markets in Emilia-Romagna

by /// December 2, 2021 /// Estimated reading time: 4 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.

Listen to me! Don’t forget to bring your GREEN PASS 😉

A/mano Market

Place: Piacenza | Arcades of Piazza Cavalli (Saturday, 1 December) and Auditorium Sant’Ilario – Via Garibaldi 17 (Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December)
Time: on Saturday, 12th December from 10am to 7pm
Admission: free

A-mano Market 2021

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 jewellery 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.

Mercatino di Natale Vintage Trip

Dove: Bologna (Borgo Mameli) | Piazza di Porta San Felice, 3
Quando: from 27th November to 2nd January, every Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm to 10pm
Ingresso: free

Mercatino di Natale Vintage Trip

Riding a bicycle, we move to Bologna and reach Borgo Mameli, a nineteenth-century barracks, now restored and given back to the community.

Inside one of the most suggestive city villages , you can find the MERCATINO DI NATALE VINTAGE TRIP. Here, there is everything you need to make beautiful Christmas gifts: vinyls, costume jewelery, linen and handmade objects, second-hand clothes and much more.

The atmosphere will be evenmore welcoming thanks to good food and excellent music.

Bolo Xmas Market

Place: Bologna | Officina Acrobatica – Via Stalingrado, 12
Time: on Saturday, 11 December from 3pm to 10pm and on Sunday, 12th December from 11am to 9pm
Admission: free

Bologna Xmas Market 2021

There is a Christmas market waiting for you inside the brand new spaces of  OfficinAcrobatica, the cultural and training center of aerial acrobatics in Bologna.

Inside BOLO XMAS MARKET you can find refined and carefully selected vintage dresses, illustrations, prints, crafts, jewelry and much more for your Christmas gifts.

All seasoned with chat with friends, shopping tips, good music and aerial performances by OfficinAcrobatica.

Era-Ora Market

Place: Bologna | LABAS – Vicolo Bolognetti 2
Time: on Sunday, 5th December from 11pm to 8pm
Admission: free

Era Ora Market 2021

A new Christmas appointment awaits you in Bologna in the beautiful courtyard of Vicolo Bolognetti managed by the LABAS collective. ERA-ORA MARKET is ready to make your Sunday memorable with a rich proposal of vintage clothing accessories, crafts, accessories and handmade productions.

Garage Sale Xmas Edition

Place: Ravenna | Artificerie Almagià – Via dell’Almagià 2
Time: on Saturday, 11th and Sunday, 12th December from 10am to 7pm
Admission: free

Garage Sale Xmas Edition 2021

Let’s go to the City Dock area in Ravenna and get to Almagià. Inside the Almagià – a polyvalent space that once was a warehouse of sulphur – you will take part in the usual meeting with GARAGE SALE, this year also in a special Christmas version.

It is a friendly temporary shop, perfect if you are 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.

Gypsy Garden

Place: Cervia | Magazzini del Sale – Via Nazario Sauro, 1
Time: on Saturday, 4th December from 11am to 10pm and on Sunday, 5th December from 10am to 8pm
Admission fee: € 4; free admission for children under 12 years old

Gipsy Garden 2021

The GIPSY GARDEN in three words? Quality, Magic, Experience. 47 creative spokespersons of Made in Italy quality craftsmanship are waiting for you in the Magazzini del Sale of Cervia.

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


Dove: Rimini | Museo della città (ala moderna) – Via Luigi Tonini, 3
Quando: 10th, 11th and 12th December from 10am to 10.30pm
Ingresso: entry fee is required

Matrioska Lab Store 2021

Again this year, MATRIOSKA thinks big. For its 17th Christmas edition, it moves to the heart of Rimini in the new wing of the City Museum.

In this beautiful setting, many exhibitors, artists and craftsmen are waiting for you. They present their ideas and their latest products.

All of this will be accompanied by many events enriched by music, performances, exhibitions, workshops, aperitifs and much more.

Cesare temporary shop

Place: Cesena | Via Cesare Battisti 46
Time: from Monday, 25 November to Tuesday 24 December from 10am to 7.30pm
Admission: free

Cesare Temporary Store 2021

If you are looking for an unusual Christmas present, which eyes up at the design and handcraft, our advice is to pop up to one of the two CESARE TEMPORARY SHOP (by Makers Mrkt), open in Rimini and Cesena.

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

An unmissable oneshot event is also scheduled – a special edition of “Cesare Temporary shop” will take place on Saturday, 18th (3pm – 12am) and Sunday, 19th December (10am-8pm) in the suggestive location of the Verdi Theater in Cesena.




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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