Designer Outlets in Italy

Italy is renowned for its designer fashions. Learn more about outlet shopping in Italy and how to make a discount shopping spree part of your travel itinerary.

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Marble Run: Shopping for Traditional Marbled Products in Italy

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…