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 important but grain crops such as rice and corn are also grown. When shopping in the Veneto keep in mind that many of the best products are grown or made in the countryside, away from the tourists.
Typical Food and Wine Products of the Veneto
Veneto is regarded to be one of the most important wine growing regions of Italy. It is home to many important wines like Prosecco, Soave, Valpolicella, Bardolino, Amarone, Recioto, Torcolato, Tocai Rosso Garganega etc. it is also known to be the highest DOC wine producing region in the country by bottle. Some of these wines are known to be the best white wines in the country. After the wines are produced, the pressed grapes are then distilled to produce the graspa or grappa.
The region is also known for its excellent quality cheeses which are known all over Italy for their good quality. Some of these cheeses are Grana Padano, Morlacco, Piave, Monte Veronese and Asiago. Visitors would also find various types of aged salami like sopressa vicentina. This is in a cylindrical shape and is made with good quality pork. It sometimes includes other flavors like garlic.
A vegetable which is quite peculiar and native to the region is Radicchio rosso di Treviso which has a crunchy texture and a faint bitter taste. This vegetable is produced mainly in Venice, Padua and Treviso. Another vegetable is radicchio di Castelfranco which as a sweet taste. The white asparagus that is produced in Cimadolmo has a unique scent and is known for its delicate flavor. The ones which grow in Bassano are very unique to the region. Another remarkable product of the region is chestnuts which are grown in San Zeno di Montagna. The cherries that are grown in the town of Marostica are also very famous.
Shopping in Venice
The city of Venice is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It has plenty of good options for visitors who are interested in shopping, from designer stores to traditional markets. The store of Atelier Marega is a unique costume and hand made mask shop. In Fanny which is located on Calle dei Saoneri visitors would find plenty of leather gloves in all types of colors.
Another great place to visit for leather articles is Francis Model which is located in ruga Rialto. The products that are sold are made locally with beautiful details, especially good for bags. The Venetia Stadium which is located in San Marco is a very good place to purchase high end shawls and scarves. The store has velvets and silk products in different shades and colors. Visitors would find pillows, scarves and bags at the shop. There are also world famous lamps available at the store.
Visitors who are new to Venice should keep in mind that good products get sold out very fast in the city since there are so many tourists visiting the city almost everyday. It is best to purchase a product as soon as possible if you like it. Venice is also known for its beautiful hand made paper and the exclusive Moro miniature buildings. However, there are plenty of fake Moro buildings available all through the country so visitors would have to be careful while purchasing.
The island of Murano which is located in the Venetian lagoon is very famous for its glass items. Those who are planning on a day trip to the island can definitely check some local shops on the island to purchase authentic glass items. In the area of Salizada San Giovanni Grisostomo, there is shop named Giacomo Rizzo which is known for its dried and fresh pasta. The firm has been producing these products since 1905 and uses traditional techniques.
Shopping in Verona
The town of Verona also has a few good places where visitors can shop for traditional products. One of the best places to shop in Verona is the Via Mazzini which is known all over the region for its excellent shops. The street connects Piazza delle Erbe to Piazza Bra and there are shops of almost all the well known Italian labels on the shopping street. Most of these are costly; however, there are a handful labels which are still affordable.
Another important shopping street is the Corso Porta Borsari which is lined with very elegant shops. Lo Scrittorio, which is located on the street, is known for its beautiful traditional pencils, pens and papers, the shop is quite old fashioned but very charming.
Corsof Santa Anastasia is one of the best places to visit in Verona for those who are interested in purchasing local Veneto handicrafts and antiques. The street is the main center for antique shops. The area has very narrow streets which are lined with tiny shops selling authentic and genuine masterpieces. Some of the pieces being sold in the shop are quite rare to find.
Visitors can also purchase various food items in Verona like good quality extra virgin olive oil, specialty cheeses which have been locally made, dried pasta, spice mixes, Italian herbs etc. There are many good wine shops in Verona where visitors would be able to find good quality Veneto wines which are famous all over the country.
Shopping outlet in Italy : Veneto
Clothes, Sports shops, Accessories, Shoe shops, House & Home, Gastronomy, Lingerie shops
*All shops closed on Sundays except for the few indicated
Armany Factory Store
Via Stazione, 93
Highway A4 exit Montecchio follow for Valdagno
An outlet where you can find everything Armani; Giorgio, Collezioni, Emporio, Jeans, juniors
1\3 price slashes in respects to the boutiques. Casual elegant accessories shoes from outdated collections
Open 10-7 M-Sat.
Highway A4 exit Montecchio, follow signs to Valdagno
Via Ing. Testa 2-4
→From Bassano go towards Thiene to the center of Marostica.
Ski apparel and sportive. Polo, high tech coats. In the summer; Bermuda, shirts, and sporty t-shirts. They are all collections from the previous year. 30% discount.
Open 8:30-12:30 and last Sunday of the month.
Via Corsica, 55
Piazzola sul Brenta (Pd)
→From Padova SS47, follow signs for Campo San Martino
Open only on Saturdays & the last Sunday of the month
From October on, is the perfect moment to visit the Belvest
Cashmere jackets, double breasted suits, classy and elegant styles
Aldo women’s campionari sizes 42.
Via Prealpi, 26
Stallavena di Grezzana (Vr)
→From Verona take the tangenziale in the direction of Grezzana
open 9-1230 \ 330-730 closed Sundays
Jeans and sportive clothes
Good prices on: previous season articles or failed fashions, lightly defective clothing with tiny marks. A limited size selection. Prices very depending on damage on garments. The best discounts are during Italy’s sale period January and July.
Diffusione Tessile –Max Mara
Via Padana Inferiore Ovest, 15
→From Mantova SS10—From Verona take superhighway for Rovigo exit Legnago
everyday 930-1 \ 3-730 Saturdays 930-730
One of the nine spacci shops by Diffussion Tessile (Max Mara)
Last year’s collections of Max Mara, SportMax, Max &Co., Penny Black, Blues, Pianoforte, Marina Rinaldi. Your choice is between coats, tailleur, jackets, suits and skirts of top quality with a 50% discount. Sales are in Jan & July. In November and December open also on Sundays.
Right next to the Diesel factory is their shop spread out on two floors. First floor—remainders of fine collections are up to 40% discounted. A well-known name who specializes in clothes for juniors in: denim pants, skirts, Bermuda, giubbini,overcoats, shirts and shoes. On the second floor you’d find; T-shirts, felpe, jeans, shoes, and accessories.
Best sales in Janurary and July.
Viale della Scienza,15
10-6 everyday Mon-Sat
Highway A4, exit at Vicenza west (ovest) then turn left for the Fiera zone, and its 150 meters from there.
Discounts of 20-50%
Shopis famous for its specialized purses and shoes. Here you’ll find everything for women, very little for men; only shoes size 43.
Dainese Top Ten
Highway A31 exit off Dueville, highway SS 248 for Marostica. Then follow the street for Mason Vicentino.
Noted for motorcycle “macho-style” accessories.
Hellmets, traveling bags, gloves, boots, suits, and leather jackets in classic black or; red, yellow and orange.
Everyday Tues-Sat. 11-5
Trekking shoes, moccasins, boatshoes, and classic city shoes. Also the lines LJK and JAKKAR. All sizes for men and ladies.
House and Home
Via Alta 14
Tues-Sat 930-1230 \ 330-730
From Sept-December– Mondays 330-730
Hand blown glass lamps, vases appliqué, plafoniere plate sets 30-50% discount
Castel D’Azzano (Vr)
Mon-Fri 9-7 Sat 9-13
Highway A4 exit Verona south (sud) direction Vigasio
Panettoni, Pandori, Colombe and all other dessert products
Via Romana 42
Mon-Sat 9-1230 \ 330-700
From Padova towards Abano Terme, Montegrotto and Torreglia
Their shop is 100 meters from the factory. Liquors of every type, and of course the most well-known “Marachino Luxardo” est. in 1821. Prices more convienent than the actual shops.
Via Circonvallazione Est 48-50
Castelfranco Veneto (Tv)
Tues-Sat. 930-8 Mon 2-8 and Sun 3-7
Highway A4 exit Vicenza Nord, heading towards Cittadella. From there follow the SS53 for Treviso, and then head to Castelfranco
They sell lingerie for Men and Women
Underwear and bras, cotton pajamas, canottiere and night shirts in a large array of colors, materials and sizes.
Those from previous seasons are half price.