Last Updated: 24th Feb 2014
Italy will forever be synonymous with style and fashion, and the opportunities provided to mix it up with the fashion conscious and world-leading Italians in the shopping districts of Venice, Florence and although Milan is considered fashion capital of the country, Rome is not far behind and the opportunities are priceless.
Designer stores such as Gucci, Prada, Armani, Max Mara, Salvatore, Valentino, Bulgari and Versace, to name but a few, can be found in almost every Italian city and window shopping through the big names can often be as much fun as hunting through the back streets of Rome or Florence for a bargain.
Shoes, clothes, accessories, jewelry and sunglasses are the staples of any Italian shopping adventure. Florence is certainly most well know for its leather bags, jackets, wallets as well as a variety of other high-quality hand made goods. On Contiki Europe tours visiting Florence you have the opportunity to learn more about Italian leather at an included demonstration of hand made leather goods at Leonardo’s Leather School while Walter’s Silver and Gold comes highly recommended.
You will find jewelry shop after jewelry shop in both Florence and Venice while Florence also seems to be a hot spot to find ‘that’ pair of Italian shoes. Other regional specialties include hand blown glass from the island Mirano, Venice while Venice itself is also well known for its tradition of lace-making.
Ferrari hats, clothes and souvenirs are usually quite popular as are products dedicated to Valentino ‘the Doctor’ Rossi and all sorts of football (soccer) gear.