Vintage & Handmade: Christmas markets in Emilia Romagna


Vintage & Handmade: Christmas markets in Emilia Romagna

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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 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 shake hands.

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.

Garage Sale Xmas Edition

Place: Ravenna | Artificerie Almagià, via dell’Almagià 2
Time: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December from 10am to 7pm
Admission: free

Going to Ravenna in the City Dock area. we arrive at the Almagià. Inside the Almagià – a polyvalent space that once was a warehouse of sulphur – returns the usual meeting with Garage Sale, also this year in a special Christmas version.
It is a friendly temporary shop, perfect if you are in search of vintage or secondhand objects, but also if you like to spend an amusing day with your friends among music, quality food and artistic installations. Attention is given to the younger too with a puppet show and with a Swedish Lab.


Place: Rimini | Palazzo del Podestà e Sala dell’Arengo – Piazza Cavour
Time: Friday 7 from 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December from 10am to 9pm
Admission against payment: €4 one day; €6 three days

Also this year Matrioska pushes the boat for its #14th edition, the Christmas edition, moving to Palazzo del Podestà and Sala dell’Arengo, in the heart of Rimini. In this wonderful venue more than 80 exhibitors, like artists and artisans with great manual skills, will show you their ideas and latest creations. Everything is even more suggestive thanks to a series of collateral events animated by music, performances, exhibitions, workshops, aperitifs and much fun.

A/mano Market

Place: Piacenza | Arcades of Piazza Cavalli (Saturday, 1 December) and Auditorium Sant’Ilario – Via Garibaldi 17 (Saturday 1 and Sunday 23 December)
Time: Saturday 1 December, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December from 11am to 7pm
Admission: free

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 all kinds, including jewellery or furniture pieces. It represents also an excellent meeting point for young designers and artisans of the surroundings and not. It is a very dynamic social space enriched by music performances and appetizing food stands.

The Craft Factory

Place: Bologna | Scuderia Future Food Urban CooLab, Piazza Verdi 2
Time: Friday 7 December from 5.30pm to 9pm, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December from 11am to 7pm
Admission: free

We’re in the heart of the oldest university campus in the world. To the cry of “Fatto a mano è meglio!”, in Italian “Handmade is better”, we find the coolest craft market of Bologna, obviously in a special Christmas edition. Here you can find excellent handmade products, from jewellery to furniture pieces, from clothing to objects for your children. Tasty food and good music will accompany your shopping!

Christmas Dyna Market

Place: Bologna | Green, Via Petroni, 32/c
Time: Sunday 2, 9 and 16 December from 3pm to 9pm
Admission: free

We stay in Bologna travelling by bike, until arriving at the Green, in Via Petroni. In this social space Under these the Christmas Dyna Market keeps its promise to impress as usual its visitors with vintage and craft products, as well as high-quality and refined products, all framed by tasty aperitifs and Dj set.

Makers Mrkt

Place: Cesena | Cesare, Via Cesare Battisti 46
Time: from Friday 30 November to Monday 24 December from 10am to 7.30pm
Admission: free

A space in the heart of Cesena managed by local artists and artisans. If you are looking for an unusual Christmas present, which eyes up at the design and handcraft, our advice is to pop up to this temporary shop: a real experience for all lovers of self-produced design.


Place: San Mauro Pascoli | Spazio Ex Mir Mar, Via Roma 27
Time: Saturday 1 December from 1pm to 11pm, Sunday 2 December, from 10am to 8pm
Admission: Free admission with voluntary donation

Commonplaces is a hub of research and creativity, and further more. It has already been a couple of years since the il Cantiere Artistico Cultural Association started to promote this initiative. This year the Christmas edition will take place in the former shoe factory Mir Mar.
There will be on show handmade collections, craft and design products, clothing, furniture and handmade items, all this animated by shows, good music and local food! If you have children, no problem! There will be as usual the kids area where they can stimulate their creativity.


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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