Shopping in Italy
Vacation shopping is a useful and interesting activity. And if you went to rest in Italy, then in addition to a wonderful pastime on its sunny beaches and walks in historical places, you are guaranteed a fascinating and productive trip to local shops. Italy is a country of incredible beauty and excellent cuisine. At the same time, being aware of where it is better to make the necessary purchases, you will not regret the time spent on visiting local points of sale.
In the central regions of large cities of the country, you can buy fashion items, shoes, etc. produced by the most prestigious brands. In the capital of Italy, Rome, fashion boutiques with high prices are located in Plaza de España – Italians call it Piazza di Spagna, as well as in the streets nearby. If you get to Milan, then we advise you to visit its most fashionable streets, such as Borgospesso, Andrea, Montenapoleone, Della Spiga and Gesu street. In this small area there are boutiques of exclusive collections owned by all the leading Italian couturiers. Milan’s Montenapoleone Street has the same worldwide fame for fashionable shopping as London’s Oxford Street, Paris Champs Elysees and New York Fifth Avenue. What are Italy’s retail outlets famous for? During periods of sales and lower prices, you can buy collectibles, accessories, shoes, underwear of excellent quality here at a cost much lower than in Russia. Italian antiques, jewelry, crystal, furniture and household goods are very popular. A separate topic is the products of Italian cuisine – which is worth only olive oil, wine, grappa, Parmesan cheese, Parma ham. The main thing is that any Italian-made products have guaranteed high quality and justify their value. In Russia, the same products from Italy are several times more expensive. As a rule, all Italian shops start working hours at 08:00 or 09:00, working until 13:00, after which they continue to work from 15:00 and close at 19:00 or 19:30. Regardless of whether it is a grocery store or a fashion boutique, their day off is always Sunday and Monday morning. During this period, especially, on the eve of the holidays, only large shopping complexes can work. Small commercial stores may close in the middle of the day on Saturday. In addition, the Italians have different opening hours during the summer and winter season. From mid-August in Italy, a two-week vacation begins. At this time, all establishments and firms are closed, including manufacturers’ sales centers, and even more so for small shops and shops. In addition to holidays, Italy’s retail outlets are closed during state and national celebrations, namely: January 1 – New Year’s celebration January 6 – Epiphany April 25 – Liberation Day May 1 – International Day of Peace and Labor June 2 – Republic Day August 15 – Ascension of the Blessed Virgin Mary November 1 – All Saints Day December 8 – Immaculate Conception December 24, 25 – Christmas Easter 1st and 2nd Easter days Italy boutiques work with any type of payment – either cash, credit cards or debit cards. Sales in Italy 2018 Italian stores attract foreign visitors with regular sales – the so-called Sconti / Saldi. Seasonal discounts start from January 5 and last until March 5, 2018 in the winter, and from July 1 to August 30 in the summer. The level of discounts changes during this time, starting from 15 percent and reaching 70% discounts. As a rule, discounts increase according to where the boutique is located and how much its products are in demand. The fashion boutiques of the most sought-after fashion designers, which can be found in central urban areas, are happy with significant price reductions infrequently. Discount items in these boutiques will be bought faster by local patrons, and similar stores usually do not advertise their sales. Buying items at a lower cost you have a much greater chance at the points of sale of not so well-known brands. They are located a bit further than the main routes of fashionable shopping. Here, the sale will last until the warehouse is empty. Judging by the established sale period, it is valid for two months, but in fact, in the first weeks all the best things will already be sold. You can evaluate the discounts in a particular store right away by glancing at its window – fully closed or glued glass means that the store has a full sale or liquidation of the entire product, which means that discounts will be maximum – about 60 or even 80 percent. The negative point will be the corresponding influx of visitors, naturally huge lines and police security at the entrance. In Italy, you can bargain with the seller only if he is the owner of a small counter – he will be imbued with your request to make a discount (fare sconto). If you visit a shopping complex or a large retail outlet with set prices.