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Bologna Christmas Markets 2018
The Christmas Markets tradition in Bologna is a very ancient tradition.
The Christmas Market stands in Bologna offer a wide choice of gastronomy delicacies, especially torrone, and the chance to buy cribs figurines.
French Christmas Market
Fiera di Santa Lucia
Portico della Chiesa dei Servi in Strada Maggiore
daily from 9.30 to 20.00
Fiera di Natale
20.11.2018 – 7.01.2019
daily from 9.30 to 20.00
The fair of Santa Lucia is a very old tradition for the city. Until the descent of the Napoleonic troops the fair used to take place opposite the church dedicated to the saint. After 1796 the market was moved under the porch of Santa Maria dei Servi, where it is still held. For about two centuries the exhibition was left to the private initiatives of the tradesmen, while at the beginning of the ‘90s, the event was enriched with more and more activities. Both the fair of Santa Lucia and the Christmas Market offer a wide choice of gastronomy delicacies, above all the torrone, and the possibility to buy some crib clay figurines.
Not everybody knows that the city of bologna can boast a tradition of cribs as old as the one of Naples. The characters of the crib are molded or carved in materials such as terracotta, wood, papier mache or plaster, with no use of stuff to complete their dresses. Two characters are particularly representative of the Bolognese crib: the Wonder, a female character, caught in awe in front of Jesus’ birth, and her opposite character, the Sleeper, a male statue represented in the act of sleeping, regardless of the Event.
In 1991 the Association of the Fair Exhibitors decided to embellish the fair of Santa Lucia with works by Gino Pellegrino, a Bolognese scene-painter who collaborated for 25 years with the major US film production companies such as Warner Bross, Disney and Paramount Pictures. For the fair of Santa Lucia, he made some wooden panels in real size, representing the Nativity Scene. The works take inspiration from artists the likes of Giotto, Simone Martini, Beato Angelico, Pier della Francesca, Lorenzo Monaco, Simone Martini.
Permanent cribs exhibitions
Museo Davia Bargellini
Strada Mayre, 44 – 40121 Bologna
Tel: +39 051-236708
Tuesday-Saturday: 9.00 – 14.00
Sunday e festivi infrasettimanali: 9.00 – 13.00
chiuso: Monday (se non festivo), 1 January, 1 May, 25 December
Museo della Beata Vergine di San Luca
Cassero di Porta Saragozza, piazza di Porta Saragozza 2/a Bologna
tel. +39 051-6447421
da Tuesday a Saturday 9.00-13.00, Thursday 9.00-18.00, Sunday 10.00-18.00.
Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna
Via Belle Arti, 56
tel: +39 051 4209411
fax: +39 051 251368
Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays 09:00 – 19:00
Closed on Mondays, 1st May and16th August
Exhibition of Christmas cribs in the following churches:
Basilica di San Francesco
Piazza Malpighi, 9
Tutti i giorni 6.30 -12.00 e 15.00 – 19.00
Christmas crib meccanico
Chiesa di San Giovanni in Monte
piazza San Giovanni in Monte 1/2 Bologna
Rassegna di presepi
Bologna is served by two airports:
Guglielmo Marconi Airport (the main city airport, situated 6 km away from the city centre Forlì airport, about 70 km away
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Bologna can be easily reached by train from almost every city in Italy. The main station lies approximately 2 km from the Old Town (strada Maggiore and via Altobella), where the Christmas Market takes place.
You can reach Bologna by car through the highways A1, A13, A14; the State roads S.S. 9 Via Emilia, S.S. 64 Porrettana, S.S. 65 Futa, S.S. 253 San Vitale, S.S. 568 Persicetana, S.S. 569 Bazzanese, and the regional road SP n. 26 Valle del Lavino
Bologna is provided with numerous car parks on payment, situated just outside the historic centre. Circulation in the historic centre is forbidden to private cars.
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