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Handicrafts and shopping

Shopping in town you can take back home a piece of Ferrara and profit the different opportunities offered by shops and local department stores.

Graffito Ceramic

The Renaissance art of graffito ceramic continues nowadays in the workshop of Ferrara and its province, with the same technique and creative skill of the ancients times. After four centuries, a group of ceramist have revived the tradition of graffito ceramic, an important Ferrara cultural expression that developed at the Este court during the 15th and 16th centuries. The amazing practice of incision and the use of few primitive colours that the flame melt and flades creating particular chromatic effect, are the principal characterist of graffito ceramic, which decorative motifs are symbols, character and court scenes.

Music instruments

Ferrara, cradle of instrumental music during 14th and 15th centuries drawing several artists from all over Europe, still boasts some important workshops specialized in organs production and ancient instruments restoration. Two of the lute-maker of the city also produce contrabasses and mandolins.


Besides the graffito ceramic, also the terracotta represents a traditional product. Beautiful are the hand-painting fairclay crafts, which show up the cute whistles with animal shape. Most of the workshop are located in the city-centre of Ferrara.


Anything can be purchased in the city centre, around the Cathedral and in the streets nearby: Via San Romano, flanked by arcades, Via Cortevecchia, Corso Porta Reno and Via Garibaldi. It is the traditional commercial area, where shops have lined the streets since ancient times. Nowadays, however, many shops offering a wide range of items are scattered all over the city, or are located in the big and elegant shopping centres in the outskirts of Ferrara.
For those who love to buy from Street stalls, Ferrara offers two weekly markets, extending over large areas and allowing a great choice, both in quality and price. Every month, the antique and the handicrafts markets have become a rendez-vous for enthusiasts.

last modified Oct 30, 2012 10:56
Handicrafts and shopping

Sergio Scaramelli - Maestro Liutaio

This lute-maker works three types of contrabass

Gabriele Pandini

Building of typical classical instruments of the Neapolitan School.

Strozzi Casa Musicale

Pianos and organs sale and restoration. Since 1891Strozzi Casa Musicale has built 100 organs, some of them still visible and working.

La Tana della Tartaruga Turchina

In this little cosy shop we create fully hand made pottery. All pieces are unique. Cups, lamps, incense burners, scent diffusers, necklaces, small pictures that are each uniquely a creation of fantasy. "La tana della Tartaruga Turchina" offers personalized creations for our customers.

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