If you ask an Italian where to find the best weekend market in Italy, they will tell you Bologna.
Piazza Maggiore is the place to go in Bologna to find street musicians, roasted chestnuts, beautiful architecture, and the famous Fountain of Neptune.
The massive weekend market is close to the railway station. By bus, stop at Stazione Centrale. Most bus lines converge here. Above the market is a large circular park that is an excellent place for your pup to run around and you can look at all the large statues while your dog lets off some steam.
Standing at the Stazione Centrale bus stop you will see this piece of sculpture ( shown below) with stairs leading up on either side. This will take you to the park. On the opposite side of the park, you will be able to look down on the market. You can’t miss it. The market is full of cheap leather coats, boots, and bags. Plus all of the most recent Italian clothing styles. And a variety of other cheap products that will interest everyone in the family.
The in-city buses have ticket machines inside of them so bring some change with you. I brought my dog on the bus without a problem. Passengers will appreciate it if you put a muzzle on your dog.
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