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..to figure out why Italy is the shopping lovers paradise!!

When you visit Italy, always leave some time for shopping. Yes, art and history are the main draw of a trip to il bel paese, but shopping, being among the best in the world, can’t be overlooked.

From fine craftsmanship to luxury items, from food and wine to fashion and design, it’s easy to see why Italy is a shopping lover’s paradise.

 

The shopping tour with personal shopper is a customized experience in search of luxury that will make you feel like a king. Make a wish and our personal shopper will help you to make it true!

 

In the most famous fashion streets of Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome, Napoli, Verona and the Designer Outlet Village you will find the boutiques of the prestigious Italian and international Brands and even a simple visit within these stores becomes an incredible experience because they are located in old buildings of extraordinary beauty, adorned with stucco, columns and frescoes.

Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Versace, Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, Bottega Veneta and many others will welcome you and offer the best of the Italian production.

 

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Shopping in Rome

There's nothing quite like sightseeing in the Eternal City. The ruins, the churches, the fountains and... the shopping! Anyone who has ever been to the city before knows that a Roman shopping excursion is actually like sightseeing. The only difference is that you can take home the treasures you find, and in Rome you can find just about anything. Oscar Wilde famously declared "I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best" and we think he'd be quite at home among the city's sensational shops. 

Past historical monuments, down twisted narrow alleys and through charming piazzas, your personal assistant will lead the way to the best local designer clothing boutiques, jewelry shops, art & antique galleries, fine furniture showrooms, artisanal workshops and open-air markets. Simply let us know what you are shopping for and we will design a tour based on your interests. 

Your personal assistant will pick you up at your hotel and take you through the maze of streets that make up Rome's shopping districts. Indulge yourself, maximize your time and let your assistant source out the places where you'll find only the very best to satisfy your simple tastes.

In addition to conducting general shopping tours, our assistants particularly relishes the challenges presented by very specialized requests. Their business is to track down and establish relationships with independent dealers and artisans specializing in such things as:

  • Designer clothing
  • Custom made-to-order clothing & shoes
  • Antique & contemporary jewelry
  • Handmade crocodile or leather bags
  • Handmade papers & stationery
  • Historic reproduction fabrics & trim
  • Hand-painted furniture & ceramics
  • Silverware
  • Religious articles

But this is just a sampling. Take advantage of our shopping assistants insider knowledge, because it's their mission to help you find what you want. They will act as your personal translators to help you negotiate the best prices available [although you are under no obligation to purchase anything]. So, whether you've been searching for custom-made crocodile shoes, damask silk fabric based on Renaissance motifs, or just want some stylish new duds, let them help you find it.

 

 

Shopping in Milan & Florence

MILAN SHOPPING

Milan is synonymous more than other Italian cities with fashion shopping. Regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is home not only to Fashion Week, one of the fashion industry’s most prestigious events; it’s also home to many of the most famous Italian designers – fashion brands such as Valentino, Gucci, Versace, Prada, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana are headquartered in the city.

The iconic Quadrilatero della moda is where you’ll find the city’s most prestigious shopping streets: Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Sant’Andrea, Via Manzoni and Corso Venezia. In addition, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, next to Piazza del Duomo, is filled with designer stores.

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Milan is also renowned for its design tradition, known for its high-quality furniture and interior design industry. The Salone Internazionale del Mobile, one of the most prestigious international furniture and design fairs, takes place here annually.

You can customize the tour according to your interests and your guide will lead you to the streets and districts most suited to the style, theme or item that you’re looking for, from designer boutiques to handcrafted jewelry to elegant home furnishings.

For those in love with fashion, or simply interested in seeing the craftsmanship of Italian fashion at work, the Atelier Sangalli tour is a must. You’ll witness a method of clothing production that has nothing to do with the mass-produced fashion sold all over the world today. You’ll see talented seamstresses working at early 20th century, pedal-operated sewing machines, using techniques from the 1950s to create custom-made unique dresses. And you’ll have the chance to satisfy your fashion curiosity by asking questions to one of the stylists working at this atelier, which has been described as the “factory of dreams”.

From designer boutiques to handcrafted jewelry to elegant home furnishings, Milan supplies the discerning shopper with the very best quality goods.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Via Torino and the small niche streets that only a true Milan shopaholic might know are included on this entertaining half-day or full-day tour. Choose the option that is best for you. 

Our professional shoppers have an intimate knowledge of the city -- its best shopping districts, its new designers, its clothing houses and boutiques -- and they will customize an itinerary just for you. 

Tell us exactly what you're looking for, or have our guides design an itinerary based on a certain style, theme or item. They will be glad to help you pinpoint the best places to purchase what you desire. This is shopping at its finest -- sophisticated, stylish and oh so Italian!

FLORENCE SHOPPING

Florence, Italy's cultural capital, is also a shopping haven for locals and tourists alike, with a variety of shops can satisfy even the most demanding shopaholics. Designer boutiques, shopping malls, department stores, small private shops, markets and, of course, designer outlets offer a huge selection of the most famous brands and choicest products. To discover the absolute best places to shop, take part in our full day privately guided tour, where an English-speaking guide will lead you to the most interesting places in town! 

Florence offers a variety of shops and items. For example, did you know that the art of perfumery has been crafted in Florence for centuries? Today, you can see that art at work at the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, which was founded in 1612 (although Dominican monks were devising herbal remedies here even earlier than that, since the 13thcentury).  You’ll find ancient preparations, cosmetics, fragrances, herbal remedies and more, packaged in elegant containers. They make for a very nice souvenir for yourself or a great gift for a loved one.

One of the most iconic made in Italy souvenirs to bring home is Florentine leather. But beware of fakes: sometimes, what is passed off as authentic leather from Florence may in fact be neither from Florence nor leather.

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This tour includes a visit to either the Ferragamo Shoe Museum or the Gucci Museum, where you’ll learn about the history of these famous Florentine brands. To stay in a fashion mood, lunch will be at the Gucci Caffe’ & Restaurant in Piazza della Signoria. In the afternoon, your shopping tour will continue to The Mall, a luxury designer outlet located a 45-minute drive from downtown Florence. Because we all love bargains and a shopping tour in Italy should include designer’s finds at good value.

If you love the idea of spending a day devoted to shopping, then imagine a day where you combine that with wine tasting. Sounds too good to be true? It will be true indeed when you take a  shopping and wine tour in the Chianti coutryside. You’ll spend the morning at the Prada Outlet, a 60-minute drive from Florence. The afternoon features a visit to Il Borro estate, situated in a lovely little village near Arezzo. Here you will be shown the vineyards and cellars, and then taste organic wines and extra-virgin olive oil produced by the estate.

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