Shopping

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
  (By Sandra Cordon). (ANSA) - Rome, January 2 2015   While Italian businesses said free-spending tourists will help to boost traditional January retail sales events, consumer groups warned that families are too tapped out after years of recessions to shop. The semi-annual sales started in two southern regions, Basilicata and Campania, on Friday and elsewhere in Italy begin Saturday, earlier than has been tradition. Businesses hoped that discounted merchandise would move quickly during the
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Do you like to touch and feel when shopping? Are you tempted to pick up items you have no intention of buying just to take a closer look? Have you been chastised for reaching into a window display as if you've defiled sacred ground? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, congratulations: ot the eye of any Italian shopkeeper,   you have just behaved in a shockingly bad manner. Italian shopping etiquette does exist: even with over 15 years of retail experience in the United
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Campania - Ventotene Island The Campania region is located in southern Italy. The region is the second most populated region in the country. It is spread over an area of 13,595 sq km but has a large population of 5.8 million which makes its very densely populated. The Tyrrhenian Sea is located to its west and Capri and the Flegrean Islands are also under the administration of Campania. The capital of the region is Naples. The region is known to be rich in architecture, archeology and culture
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Calabria on the Italian map The region of Calabria is located in southern Italy. Calabria is bounded to Sicily and Basilicata. The coast line of Calabria is on the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea. The region is spread over an area of 15,000 sq ft. The capital of the region is Catanzaro and the two other main cities in the region are Cosenza and Reggio Calabria. The economy of Calabria is based mainly on agriculture, which is based mainly on the cultivation of olive trees. In Calabria, the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Cantiano - Women in Medieval costumes Marche is a region in Italy which literally means in Italian "the Marches". The region had been named so because of the March of Ancona during the medieval times and the marches of Fermo and Camerino. The region is located in central Italy and shares a border with San Marino, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzo and Lazio. The Adriatic Sea is located to the east of the region. The landscape on which Marche is located is quite hilly except for the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Please look also at the forum Shopping addresses - List of shopping by regions Bargain shopping You can easily combine a love for travel with a love for shopping in Italy if you know where to look! Most of the major fashion houses have outlet stores, and outlet malls are springing up quickly all over the country. What better way to do your shopping than by traveling across this gorgeous and historically rich country and seeing the sites along the way? General Shopping Tips The best deals in
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Trieste - Town Hall Detail Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a region in Italy and is one of the five autonomous regions that have a special statute. The capital of the region is Trieste. The region is spread over an area of 7800 sq km and has a population of close to 1.2 million. The economy of the region is quite well developed and is based mainly on agriculture and farming. Cattle breeding is also quite popular and wide spread. The economy of the region is considered to be one of the most developed
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Sicilian Landscape   Vacations in Italy are often about relaxing on beaches and touring monuments, but most visitors are also eager to do a little shopping along the way. Whether it be a souvenir or a regional delicacy the island of Sicily offers much in the way of shopping. A beautiful and rugged island, Sicily is located on the southern tip of Italy, seperated from Calabria by the Strait of Messina. In the summer months the weather in Sicily is hot and the island offers much to see and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
If you're looking for a bargain during your Italian vacation, outlet stores are a great option.  Figure out what exactly you're looking for, and then ask around. There is bound to be something nearby!   Outlet Stores for Clothes and Accessories In time of crisis people try to save their money or find better ways to spend it. And while we know Italians love fashion and beautiful clothes they now realize that there are other places besides street markets, department stores, shopping malls,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fidenza Village Outlet Mall Fidenza Mall Parma Italy Not so far from the city of Parma, in the Reggio Emilia province, is the Fidenza Village Outlet Shopping Center. It is one of the most beautiful outlet shopping centers that I have seen in years. Fidenza Village is constructed with the cozy quaint feeling of a village. The architect who designed this mall really knew how to capture beauty, comfort and convenience for the shoppers who would frequent here. This new upscale shopping center has
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Buying Prada at the Prada Factory Outlet in Italy Italy with all its colors reminds me of a kaleidoscope. There is probably no other country in the world that can offer many things for every age and taste. Italy has beautiful and very diverse landscapes for hikers, delicious wine and food for gourmet eaters, art and architecture for tourists, many Universities and language schools for students, cooking and pottery classes for those who want to advance or learn new skills and of course shopping
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Apulia on the Italian Map Apulia or, as it is known locally, the region of Puglia, is located on the southeastern border of the country along the Adriatic Sea. It is also bordered along the coast by the Gulf of Taranto and Strait of Otranto on the south. The region is spread over an area of 19,345 sq km. The economy of the region is based greatly on agricultural products and services and only a few industries. Apulia had been rather ignored by tourists till recent times and it is only in the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Trento - Piazza Duomo Trentino-Alto Adige is a region located in northern Italy. The region is made of two provinces, Bolzano and Trento. It had once been a part of Hungary-Austria and before that a part of Austrian Empire in the olden times. It had remained a part of the empire from 1389 till 1919 when it was annexed to Italy. Along with the state of Tyrol in Austria, the region represents the South Tyrol-Euroregion Tyrol. Trentino-Alto Adige is located along the border of Austria in the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italy is full of culture, history, fabulous architecture, and artisans of every sort. Tourists flock to Italy for romance, the delicious cuisine, and to experience the wonders of this lush country. But did you know that Italy is also a shopper's haven? From linens to glassware to ceramics to jewelry, Italian manufacturers create some of the finest items in the world. You need not spend a fortune to own these delightful pieces for your home or your wardrobe, as bargains can be found almost
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lombardia on the Italian map The region of Lombardy is one of the most important tourist destinations in Italy. The capital of the region is Milan which is known to be a major fashion destination in the world and is also known to the country's second capital. Apart from Milan too there are plenty of famous tourist destinations in the region like Pavia, Mantua, Cremona and Bergamo and lakes Iseo, Maggiore, Como and Lake Garda. Apart from being one of top tourist regions in the country, it is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Sardinia - Coastal View   While on vacation some travellers research the best museums, others the most dazzling beaches, and others still choose their vacation spots based on their shopping options. If you are a shopper--especially one who also favors sun dappled islands--then Sardinia is the perfect place for you! One of the most dazzling areas in Italy, Sardinia offers both natural beauty and many options for visitors who are looking to spend some time in the shops. A large island
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A few Reminders to Keep your Cool During January and July every year, "Saldi" is the talk of the town in big cities and little villages alike. It is time for the sales in Italy! It is customary for stores to begin selling their merchandise at 30% off beginning in the 2nd week of January and July. The sale will last until the inventory is gone and the discount tends to increase upwards to 50% as the weeks go on. When asked, shop girls will tell you that the inventory will last until the end of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ten Tips Every Shopper in Italy Should Know 1. Price Tags Must Be Displayed In Italy all items should be tagged and price tags should be visible to consumers, this is to prevent anyone being taken advantage of by a shopkeeper looking to up the price unexpectedly. If you notice a missing tag just bring it to the attention of the store manager, but if you sense something shady is going on you have the option of notifying the police.   Photo Courtesy of Raquel Oliveira (Source: Wikipedia) 2.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Dressing Up Old as New One of the fun things about shopping in Rome is the variety of great resale boutiques. If you enjoy snooping around second-hand stores, you are in for a treat because there is a wide range and something for every budget. Starting with the broadest assortment of merchandise, "Mercatino" is a juicy find. Founded in 1995, this re-sell franchise has 170 locations in Italy, including seven in Lazio and three in Rome. Its website at www.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Emilia Romagna on the Italian Map Emilia-Romagna is known to be one of the major tourist destinations in Italy. The region is spread over an area of 20,124 sq km and the capital of the region is Bologna. Today, the region is considered to be one of the most developed and the richest regions in Europe. The capital of the region, Bologna is known to have a very high level of quality of life. The city is known to be quite modern and advanced. The region itself is known to be one of the most
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Venice - Fish market The Veneto is among the most industrialized and the wealthiest regions in Italy and it is also the most visited. Every year around 60 million tourists visit the Veneto. Agriculture is also is quite a significant factor even though since the last two decades its importance has been decreasing. However, the agriculture sector of the region is regarded as the most productive in Northern Italy. Through the plains of the region, wine grapes, fruits and vegetables are the most
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Seaching for Vintage Clothing in Italy The vintage look , the style of today is greatly inspired by the past. At the recent showings in Milan for the spring and summer collections, it became apparent that there are no longer hard and fast rules, so that one has complete freedom of self-expression in matters of personal style. Nowadays there is a strong trend toward vintage pieces. Vintage mania has already won over models, actresses, and style reporters. The hunt is on in small specialized
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Piedmont on the Italian map The region of Piedmont in Italy is spread over an area of 25,399 sq km and has a population of around 4.4 million. The region is surrounded by Alps on three sides. It shares a border with France and Switzerland the regions of Aosta Valley, Liguria and Lombardy. The region has quite fertile land, because of which agriculture in the region is of high quality. The main products that are grown in the region are cereals, maize and fruits. The region's economy is also
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Basilicata on the Italian Map Basilicata is a region in southern Italy which borders to Puglia, Calabria and Campania. The region has a short coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea and on the southeast on Gulf of Taranto. Basilicata is spread over an area of 9992 sq km. Even though there are many tourist and natural attractions in Basilicata, tourism has not yet picked up in the region quite well, mainly because of the lack of the facilities that are available in the region yet. The infrastructure,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
3 Stores to Visit for Vintage Clothes L'Armadio di Laura Via Voghera 25. Milan Tel. +39 02 8360606 The very elegant shop of L'Armadio di Laura is located in the "Solari" neighborhood of Milan, hidden away from the mainstream shopping areas. This is one of the more exclusive and one of better vintage clothing shops in Milan. If you want good quality then this is the place to go. Not a fancy street at all. This elegant shop is well hidden in a courtyard off of Via
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Porta Portese Flea markets, thrift shops, farmers’ markets—they have them in every city. You may have already discovered the rush of finding a diamond in the rough, of bargaining for a hidden gem, yet if you haven’t visited the Porta Portese market in Rome, you haven’t seen it all. Rome’s open air market is open from 7am until 2pm on Sundays and is a place where you can buy countless items at great prices. The bustling market is filled to the brim with purses, bags, old TVs, furniture,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Window Shopping Note The following guidelines come from our own experience and are ONLY guidelines , not legal advice. We are not lawyers but personal shoppers. All information on this site is believed to be accurate, and we strive to correct errors and keep our information up-to-date. Please notify us if you believe any information to be incorrect or out-of-date. However, we disclaim liability for any errors or omissions, and we will not be held responsible for any direct, indirect, or
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lazio on the Italian Map The region of Lazio is located in central Italy. The region is also known as Latium and the world famous city of Rome is located in the center of Lazio. Apart from Rome too there are plenty of other good places to visit in the region. There are several fascinating landscapes, good countryside, hills, several lakes, cities and a coastline that is lined with many good beaches. The are several good fishing villages and excellent restaurants in the region. The economy of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Umbria - Horses Galloping Across the Piano Grande   Umbria is a small region in Italy, made up of mountains, valleys, and smaller towns rather than large cities. Picturesque and known for its rural beauty, the region--which boasts a population of less than 1 million--offers many small towns and villages to visit and shop in.   Typical Products Umbria is famous for its many good vineyards, which produce excellent quality wines like Rosso di Montefalco and Torgiano. Umbria is also known
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Shopping for Clothes in Italy Shopping street in Rome On a sunny winter's day in Italy, my eyes lit up when I saw the sign 'Solde' or 'sale' above most of the shop windows. The sales are on during the months of January/ February and July/ August and this is the best time to shop in Italy as even designer items can be found at inexpensive prices. Even if you aren't there during the sales, however, there are still inexpensive boutiques and street markets with elegant clothes
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Val d'Aosta on the Italian map The region of Aosta Valley is located in north-west Italy and it is located along the border of Switzerland and France. It is a mountainous region and is bordered along with the Piedmont region. The region of the valley is spread over an area of just 3263 sq km and is the least populous and the smallest region of Italy. Also, there are no provinces in the region unlike all the other regions of Italy. Since centuries the economy of the region has been based
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Liguria on the Italian Map Liguria is a region in Italy which is the third smallest region in the country. The region is located in north-western part of Italy and is a coastal region. Liguria borders with France and the regions of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont. It is located on the Ligurian Sea, between the sea and the Apennines and the Alps Mountains. The region is very popular in terms of tourism. There are plenty of small fishing villages, picturesque towns and many good beaches
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Stalls in Via Sannio open air market People living in Rome are accustomed to open air markets and their bustling shopping experience. Traditionally, tourists visit the historical places of any region they are visiting and look for the architecture, museums, sightseeing and alike. However, I believe that for a tourist it is a complete cultural experience and a chance Fish Market to meet ordinary citizens as well selling their stuff in open air. The best way to explore any city is to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Jewelry Stores in Italy's Cities Dedicated to the women of the new millennium, free from the constraints imposed by traditional jewelry, women who enjoy themselves and express their femininity by wearing a "jewel" like an accessory, changing it with the ease that one changes purse or shoes, depending on the mood of the day. In a city like Milan that is always ready to offer the most recent innovations: It is enough to pause and explore the jewelry stores of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Abruzzo - Provinces Abruzzo is a region in Italy situated close to Rome. Abruzzo is locted in the center of Italy and faces the Adriatic Sea along which the region has a long coastline of rocks and beaches. Spread over an area of 10,794 sq km, Abruzzo is situated in the middle of the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea and is known to be the most mountainous regions of the country. Unlike the other regions in Italy, Abruzzo had mostly been ignored in the past few decades as a tourist destination.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Tuscany - Landscape   The region of Tuscany offers something for everyone, from big cities and cultural centers like Florence to sprawling vineyards and small towns in the hills. Famous the world over for its rich artistic legacy as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany is also well known for its culture and beautiful natural landscapes. The home and birthplace of such luminaries as Puccini, da Vinci, Michelangelo and Dante, Tuscany is a land rich with history and fantasy. There is so
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Designer fashion bargains in Northern Italy: You don't need to spend a fortune. Did you know that the best of Italian designer clothing and leather goods can be bought at fantastic discounts? Why be a spendthrift when you don't have to be? Dream on and buy that Gucci, Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana , Loro Piana, Trussardi, Gianfranco Ferrè, Valentino, or Prada—and, of course the list goes on and on. The Italians "know" exactly where to shop and now you will know where to shop