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Apr 15, 2010 12:19 PM

Markets in Emilia-Romagna on Sat/Sun

I'm going to be in Emilia-Romagna on Sat (4/24) and Sun (4/25). I am hoping to do some shopping in the open air and food markets.

On Saturday, I will be exploring Parma, Reggio Emilia, and Modena. I will be having lunch at Hosteria Giusti in Medena, which I understand is also an excellent Salumeria. What days are the open air markets in these towns (or other surrounding towns?)

On Sunday, I will be in Bologna. I was disappointed to read in 'Italy for the Gourmet Traveler' that most food markets in Bologna are closed on Sunday. Furthermore, Sunday Apr 25 is Liberation Day. Will that mean more things will be closed? Will there be interesting events in Bologna to celebrate this holiday?

Thanks in advance,

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  1. public markets are likely to be open on Saturday am, but not later in the day.
    There is a big COVERED market in Modena, not too far from Giusti (a few streets past the Cathedral) which would be a good one to hit (check to see if it is open). the commercial centers of Italian towns tend to be dead on Sunday (our last experience was with parma 2 years ago, no stores, no public markets open 9there are open supermarkets in residential parts, but thats not what you want)

    Where did you decide to stay - your travel pattern is going to dictate where it makes sense to look for markets.

    I will check my guides to see if there is better info.
    I was shocked to see Modena tourism has a facebook page now.
    Unless a Bologna local comes by to tell you about the Liberation Day events there, you might be best served to search for info online.

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    1. re: jen kalb

      Here is some info about the Modena covered market. I think it has a website link embedded.

      Here is some info about a market in Parma.

      Ive been to the Modena one and would recommend it.
      Remember the Italian opening hours - once lunchtime comes on everything else will be closing down, pretty much.