Category: Shopping

Marble Run: Shopping for Traditional Marbled Products in Italy

Murano Glass Shop

If there is one particular word that can be used to define some of Italy’s major handicrafts, it’s marble. Marble, either as a substance or a style, runs through three different artisan crafts that are famous in Italy: some of the world’s finest marble is found in the hills around the province of Massa-Carrara in …

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Ask the Italy Expert: Outlet Shopping and Rome Pastry Shops

  I get lots of emails from readers asking for Italy travel advice. And while I like to think of myself as the Italy travel resource, I know that there are tons of bloggers, writers, tour operators, travel consultants, and many other Italophiles who have knowledge on specific subjects, like villa rentals, Tuscany antique markets, …

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Shopping For Italy’s Best Artisanal Traditions

We recently profiled the Civilized Shopper’s Guides to Rome and Florence, two handy shopping guides for two of Italy’s most popular cities. Landing on bookshelves this week is the second edition of Made in Italy: A Shopper’s Guide to Italy’s Best Artisanal Traditions from Murano Glass to Ceramics, Jewelry, Leather Goods, and More. Written by …

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Bringing Home the Best from Italy

  It’s one thing to go to Italy and bring back photos, cheap souvenirs, and designer clothing that you could have bought at just about any department store or outlet. It’s quite another to bring back items that Italy is known for – quality leather, handmade paper, artisan chocolate, etc. That’s why I really like …

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More Money Saving Tips for Milan

We recently got such a good response from our posting on Designer Outlets in Italy, that we thought we’d try to find more bargain shopping resources. What we found was Entrepreneur’s How to Shop in Milan – Without Spending a Fortune, a short article with tips on outlet shopping. This isn’t a cheapskate’s guide to …

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Designer Outlets in Italy

Update 5 August 2015: This is one of the most popular posts on Italofile. I’m not sure how so many readers arrive here, as the post is ancient by online standards. So here are a few more current resources for you: Where to Find Italy’s Best Outlet Malls from Walks of Italy Outlet and Factory Stores as …

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Fine Chocolates in Tuscany

Just in time for the holidays, the NY Times has a great article about the fine chocolatiers in Tuscany. The article looks at several artisanal chocolate makers in the so-called “Chocolate Valley” (between Florence, Pisa, and Montecatini) including DeBondt, Roberto Catinari, and Amadei. Perhaps the next wave of gastrotourism to hit Italy will be chocolate …

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Antiques Shopping Outside of Rome

Many readers have gotten in touch with us to find out what there is to do in the Lazio region, and, in particular, in the Province of Rome. It turns out that many provincial Roman towns host flea markets and antique fairs throughout the year. Here is a fairly comprehensive listing of these markets, courtesy …

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2,000 Years of Style in Rome

  Way back in 1999, I remember walking up to the pile of rubble and marble that was the Ara Pacis and feeling amazed that such an ancient monument had been left so lonesome on the banks of the Tiber to weather the elements. Most of the rest of Rome’s monuments were under scaffolding at …

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Bologna’s Old Cutlery Shop

  In a recent NY Times Foraging column, Melissa Clark profiles Antica Aguzzeria del Cavallo, a cutlery shop that dates back to 1783. Clark notes, “If it cuts, rips, tears, nicks, grates, slices, shaves or pricks and is legal to sell, they most likely have it.” Being the heartland of Italian cooking, Bologna is a …

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