Bologna Inside - Second Edition

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Given the importance of la casa in Italian culture, there is no shortage of stores offering arredamento (furnishings) for your home. For a complete listing of shops, check the yellow pages under ARREDAMENTI and MOBILI. There are several large warehouse chain stores that sell moderately priced new furniture, including Ikea, Krea, Mercatone Uno and Ricci Casa. Though based in Rome, Mondo Convenienza delivers in the Bologna area, with furniture assembled upon arrival. Comet, Marco Polo Expert and Media World have a good selection of electronics and appliances.


Via Michelino, 105 (multiple locations)
Tel. 051.6079201
Open Monday 13-20; Tuesday-Saturday 9-20


Via John Lennon, 6
Casalecchio di Reno
Tel. 199.114646
Open Monday-Sunday 10-20

KREA Arredare Casa

Via Paolo Fabbri, 2
Castel Maggiore
Tel. 051.700134
Open Monday-Saturday 9-12:30 and 15-19:30; Sunday 15-19:30 52

Marco Polo Expert

Centro Borgo, Centro Commerciale Meridiana, Parco Commerciale Navile
See Chapter 7: Shopping

Media World

Centro Commerciale Shopville GranReno, Parco Commerciale Meraville
See Chapter 7: Shopping

Mercatone Uno

Via C. Gnudi, 2
Tel. 051.4164711
Open everyday 9:30-12:30 and 15-19:30

Mondo Convenienza

Based in Rome, online ordering
Numero verde 800.015692

Ricci Casa

Via Lunga, 5
Tel. 051.969188
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10-20


A number of stores in and around Bologna sell inexpensive used furniture. Be prepared to hunt as there is often a lot of junk to sift through. Turnover is high, so come back regularly to find new gems. Most stores close for lunch and at least one morning or afternoon a week, so call first to check on business hours.

Living in the center is convenient. You can do your passeggiata on Saturday along with the rest of town, up and down Via dell’Independenza. But really, life in the center is chaotic because there are problems getting in and out with a car. There are all these narrow, one way streets with trucks parked here and there so you can’t get by. Nobody obeys the rules. You must have your own parking space. The pollution, the fumes… I always had a headache when I lived in the center.

Tracy Fairplay

Il Mercatino is a franchise with three stores in the Bologna area. Although they appear related, the ownership is separate.

Il Mercatino

Zona Roveri
Via E. Mattei, 50/d
Tel. 051.6014028
Zona Ospedale Maggiore
Via Monterumici, 36/3
Tel. 051.313529
Zona Corticella
Via dei Caligari, 6 Tel. 051.320119

Just off Via San Donato, Padre Marella - Fraternità Cristiana is one of the best bets for used furniture, but the rule of going back frequently definitely reigns. Owned and operated by a religious charitable organization, the store will upon request remove unwanted furniture from your house for free. If you look hard, there are some true beauties to be found at incredible prices, but be ready to use your best bargaining skills to get the real deals. There is also a well-stocked used clothing department. This store has irregular business hours and it’s best to call ahead.

Padre Marella - Fraternità Cristiana

Via del Lavoro, 13
Tel. 051.244345


Bologna’s antique market is held every second Sunday of the month in Piazza Santo Stefano. In Piazza VIII Agosto, a collector’s market called Celo’ Celo’ Mamanca is held every Thursday. Antique stores are listed in the yellow pages under ANTIQUARIATO. Two to keep in mind:

Ornamenti d’Epoca di Angela Franchi

Via dell Luzzo, 6/a
In business for more than 30 years, Angela specializes in American, German and English silver, including Sheffield, Tiffany, Gorum, Wallace and Reddon Barton. She also takes special requests and has been known to fill the most obscure collector’s wishes.

Pami & Gallery

Strada Maggiore, 7
Pamela specializes in antique furniture from England and France with an assortment of lamps, bookends, paintings and sculptures. Prices are often negotiable and there’s something for almost every pocketbook, from 50 to 5,000 euro.