Italy is everything you want it to be and more! That includes being heaven for those who love a bit of retail therapy. Italy is probably best known for its top designer brands, especially when it comes to clothing. But that’s not all the Mediterranean delight has to offer. The love Italians have for clothes radiates to jewellery, art and food too. So, whether you’re looking for souvenirs for the family, or a couple of luxury items for yourself, Italy holidays don’t disappoint. In fact, with our shopping guide of Italy, you’ll be able to avoid the cheap souvenirs around tourist sites and instead successfully hunt down quaint boutiques and artisan shops for the best money can buy.
Let’s start off with the Italian capital of Rome. A popular city break choice for many tourists, Rome doesn’t just have magnificent cultural sights and historical marvels. If you love a bit of shopping, Rome has something for you too. There are loads of places to choose from including designer stores, outlet stores, high street chains and flea markets. If you’re looking to check out your usual high street favourites, head to Via del Corso. But, for a chicer look, head to the Spanish Steps, where you’ll find plenty of designer stores.
Of course, a holiday to Italy just wouldn’t be the same without a stop off at a coffee spot. The Italians are well-known to make a good brew and luckily, a Rome city break offers you the opportunity to try out some of the best Italian coffee houses. Two of Rome’s great spots include Tazza d’Oro and Sant’Eustachio. In fact, they’re both pretty close to each other, located near Rome’s most popular sights. Situated near the Pantheon, sample the coffee and then buy some coffee beans of your own!
Another tourist favourite, Venice is full of souvenir shops and stalls selling many items which have been cheaply produced. But, there are still many small, local shops that sell authentic items which boast Venice’s top merchandise. Venice is best-known for its masquerade-style masks and a lot of them are beautiful creations. One of the best places you can go to scout some masks is Papier Mache. Featuring many elaborate designs, artists mix tradition with the modern to create these wonderful masks. You can also get a mask-making lesson whilst you’re there.
When on a Venice city break, it goes without saying that you must take a little trip over to the island of Murano. Especially if you’re serious about shopping here! Murano glass is one of Venice’s top items and they range from huge vases to small pendants. Not forgetting, you can get something for Christmas whilst you’re here including Murano glass ornaments for your Christmas tree.
It’s important to note that many places claim to sell authentic Murano glass when in fact it has been produced in China. Make sure you’re buying from a reputable shop on the island of Murano.
Florence is a great place for a variety of items, from leather and jewellery to perfume and artisan crafts. In general, you can find luxury fashion shops in various streets around Florence’s historic centre. Including Via della Vigna Nuova, Via Tornabuoni and Via dei Calzaiuoli. If you prefer much cheaper options when shopping, head to the Central Market, where you’ll find a selection of stalls selling an array of items like clothes and souvenirs.
On the other hand, Florence has made a name for itself when it comes to leather items. As a result, you can find many markets around the area which sell leather. Aimed at tourists, you should come prepared to haggle to get the best deals on some wonderful leather goods. Everything is on offer, like coasts, bags, belts and purses. In addition to the usual, you’ll also come across unique leather items which make for an interesting buy.
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