The fantastic antique market, Mercatino dell’antiquariato I Portici di Medicina, is a fairly young antique market, as it was founded only in 2004. However, over a few short years since the very first stalls were set up, it is nowdays characterized as one of the most interesting antique markets in the province of Bologna and is established as one of the most important events in the region.
Today, after more than 10 years, the fame of the exhibition Mercatino dell’antiquariato I Portici di Medicina reaches way beyond regional borders, so many exhibitors and visitors come from much further afield (as far as Veneto, Tuscany, Lombardy, Piedmont, and Marche) for the chance to sell their wares or browse through this excellent collection. As well as outdoor stands, booths are also erected below the arcades, so that the antique market can take place in all weather conditions.
The antique market of Portici di Medicina has become such a crowd-drawer that special exhibitions are often set up to coincide with market weekends, which makes the area all the more interesting to visit. The area itself also has some excellent attraction, museums and other things to see, making it well worth a weekend trip when the antique market is on! During each market exhibition, guided tours and informative talks are held, to discover the historical and artistic riches of the city or themes related to antiques and collectibles.
Mercatino dell’antiquariato I Portici di Medicina’s exhibition and market is organized by the Pro Loco di Medicina and features a huge range of categories: antique furniture, paintings, ceramics, terracottas, old books, musical instruments, antique clocks, vintage lamps, vintage clothes , bicycles, engines. In fact, almost every type of item of interest to collectors of antiques can be found here.
Medicina is 25 kilometers from Bologna, along the San Vitale road, which leads from Ravenna to Emilia. The Mercatino dell’antiquariato I Portici di Medicina is now quite the major event in this area and should certainly be attended by any collector, Italian or otherwise!
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
If you reach your hand underneath the front of a chair, often at the edge you can feel the raw wood. If it’s smooth, it is machine-cut, which means the chair was made after 1860. If it’s rough, it is hand-cut, and the piece is likely much older.
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