Let's go shopping!
General shopping tips:
Visit stores unique to the area. Shop small businesses in the towns you visit - you'll find one of a kind treasures that are truly worth it!
Check out Italian brands...at which the masses shop. As mentioned in a previous post, Oviesse, Massimo Dutti, Class, Intimissimi and Oysho - some of my favorite Italian brands that won't break the bank!
Make purchases that are easy to pack. Post offices in Italy can get chaotic, so try to stay away from shipping items home. If you find something fabulous, however, go for it!
If you want to splurge on a designer item, do it in Europe. Non E.U. citizens get the vatted tax back!
|Some of my favorite Italian finds via Polyvore!|
Must-have Italian items
Leather goods - Italy is known for high quality leather items. Luckily if you visit, you can get them for slightly less than in the U.S. (no import tax)
Jewelry - From upscale jewelry stores to street markets, nice jewelry in Italy is anywhere. I have various items that look fancier than they are!
Home decor - From wine glasses to wall art to table decor, Italian street markets have amazing finds that are easy to pack in suitcases. If you tell a merchant you are traveling, they will package the items so they stay safe in your luggage!
Food and beverage - I suggest checking the U.S. Customs website before making any purchases, but you are able to bring certain food and drink items back!
Souvenirs - Be sure to commemorate your trip with some sort of cheesy trinket! I really love the leather bracelets branded with each major city name - they are stylish and a wonderful memento. You can find them at stalls in large piazzas throughout destinations such as Venice, Rome, Naples and Florence.