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Antiques & Crafts Markets in Emilia-Romagna

by /// September 16, 2022
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Are you always looking for that new piece of home furnishings that your home sweet home really needs? Or are you among those who “retro clothes and accessories have that extra gear that gives personality”?

For all lovers of antiques, vintage and craft objects made with patience and passion by modern artisans, here’s a list of the markets not to be missed in Emilia-Romagna, including clothing, jewelry, furnishings…and much more!

Caorso (PC) | Ricordi del passato

Every fourth Sunday of the month in the historic center of the town of Caorso, in the province of Piacenza, there’s Ricordi del passato (Memories of the past), the antiques market especially for antique lovers, but also for those who are looking for original ideas to furnish their homes.

Parma | Mercanteinfiera

Twice a year, in spring and autumn, at the Fiera of Parma you can’t miss Mercanteinfiera, one of the most important events of the sector in Europe. On these occasions the Parma Fair Centre becomes a real antiques city, in which more than a thousand exhibitors from all over Europe show and sell their discoveries.

Modena | MAAM

Several times a year in Piazza Matteotti in Modena, the MAAM, Modena Arts and Crafts Market, is back, the market that brings together about 180 artisans which, on this occasion, sell their high-quality creations. Visitors also have the opportunity to take part to the courses taught by the creative people of the association right in the market.

Modena | L'Antico in Piazza Grande

The last weekend of every month (except July) the Piazza Grande of Modena, UNESCO heritage site, is the setting for L’Antico in Piazza Grande, the antique fair of the city, during which, from 9am to 7pm, you can find antique dealers and artisan restorers.

Modena | 7.8.Novecento

Every year during the autumn/winter season, the Modena’s Fair Centre hosts 7.8.Novecento, the Great Market of the Antiques. It’s one of the oldest antiques markets in Italy, with about 200 Italian and foreign antiquarians, where you can find important antiques, modern and vintage pieces.

Spilamberto | 800 e dintorni

On the third Sunday of each month (except June, July, and August) in the streets of the historic center of the pretty village of Spilamberto, province of Modena, “800 e dintorni” is held, the exhibition market of the old and used things, which collects about 200 exhibitors. Here you can find furniture, coins, collectibles and modeling, embroidery, and various objects.

Bologna | Antiques Market

The second weekend of the month (excluding the months of July and August) in the scenic Piazza Santo Stefano and in the adjacent streets the Mercato Antiquario Città di Bologna is held. On the stalls, you can find objects of small antiques, modern art, and collectibles: walking sticks, postcards, dolls, lace, vintage photographic material, and magazines of the past.
The Market is present from 8.30am to 6pm in winter, from 8.30am to 7pm in summer.

Budrio (BO) | Incanti e Mercanti

Throughout the year, every third Sunday of the month in the streets of the pretty urban center of Budrio, a few miles from Bologna (famous for being the Ocarina Village), from dawn to dusk the “Incanti e Mercanti” market takes place, with more than 200 exhibitors of antiques, modernism, and reuse.

Ferrara | Cose d'Altri Tempi e Fiera dell'Artigianato

In Ferrara, two historical markets take place:

  • every first weekend of the month (except August) from 9.00am to 7.30pm Cose d’Altri Tempi (Things of the past) in Corso Porta Reno and Corso Martiri della Libertà, where you can find furniture, prints, paintings, books, magazines, comics, vinyl records, postcards, ceramics, and so on;
  • every third weekend of every month (except the months of July and August) from 9.00am to 7.30pm in Piazza Savonarola La Fiera dell’Artigianato, where you can find ceramic, glass, fabric, wood and paper handmade products.

Lugo (RA) | Vintage per un giorno

Twice a year, in April and October, the historic center of the Romagna town of Lugo comes alive with the stalls of Vintage per un giorno (Vintage for one day), the perfect market for vintage enthusiasts, where to find, among more than 300 exhibitors for a day, clothing, objects and more. Two shopping weekends, looking for big and small treasures buried in closets or attics of other people!

Faenza (RA) | Ieri l'altro

The second Sunday of the month (except June and December), at the Fair Centre of Faenza the appointment with “Ieri l’altro” is back, where you can find the vintage proposals of about one hundred exhibitors of antique, modern and collection objetcs.

Forlì | Commerciati per un giorno

Several times during the year the Forlì Fair Centre hosts the flea & hobby market Commercianti per un giorno (Merchants for a day).
The event is entirely dedicated to privates who can literally become vendors for a day and sell/exchange their goods, to make a profit from unused objects, in order to reuse and smart buying.
At the fair, you can really find everything: from engines to electronic products, from collecting to clothing.

Cesena | C'era una volta...Antiquariato

Every third weekend of the month in the Cesena Fair Centre, the antiques show-market “C’era una volta…Antiquariato” (Once upon a time…Antiques) offers a vast range of products and an excellent selection of fine antiques from the 17th century up to to the last century. The indoor exhibition area is open from 9.00am to 6.30pm.

Santarcangelo di Romagna (RN) | La Casa del Tempo

Every first Sunday of the month Piazza Ganganelli and the streets of the center of Santarcangelo di Romagna, a few kilometers from Rimini, host one of the most appreciated and frequented antiques in this province of Romagna: “La Casa del Tempo”.
On the stalls, present from 9am to 7.00pm, you can find furniture and furnishings, silverware, ceramics, clocks and various collectibles, from the nineteenth century to the 60s.


Elisa Mazzini

Social Media Manager for @inEmiliaRomagna and full-time mom.

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This article has 2 comments

  • Anthony

    Hi Elisa
    This is a great list of antiques markets and fairs. Two quick questions: Have they all reopened since the pandemic closure and if you had to recommend just 2 or 3 that are open in Feb/March which ones would you suggest visiting?

    • Elisa Mazzini

      Hi Anthony, sorry for the late reply (unfortunately we had a problem with some blog comments) but yes, antique markets are open;
      I have just updated the article with the new links.

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