Ferrara has a rich tradition of artisanship dating from the Renaissance. You can find some of the best, albeit expensive, products in the dozen or so antiques stores in the historic center.
You find beautifully designed, colorful ceramics at La Marchesana, Via Cortevecchia 38A (tel. 0532-240535).
More unusual is an outfit specializing in wrought iron: Chierici, Via Bartoli 17 (tel. 0532-67057), near the Ponte San Giorgio. Some of the smaller pieces, such as decorative brackets or fireplace tools, make good souvenirs.
Enoteca Al Brindisi, Via Adelardi 11 (tel. 0532-209142), stockpiles the fruits of the Ferrarese harvest in historically evocative settings. Every month Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 1pm, the open-air antiques and handicraft markets feature lots of junk amid the increasingly rare treasures. The markets are conducted in Piazza Municipale (mostly antiques and bric-a-brac) and Piazza Savonarola (mainly handicrafts and bric-a-brac).
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