hundreds of reasons to visit Italy, with its legendary old cities, incredible
architecture, clear water and sandy beaches. Florence is a cradle of Renaissance
architecture and museums, Venice with its romantic flare, Greek temples and delicious
handmade pasta and a great variety of cheese and wine.
Shopping can be
one of the top priorities for holiday goers, and for those travelling to Italy,
shopping can be an incredibly enjoyable as there are so many popular streets
and locations to choose from. We have picked our favourite places throughout
Italy which we suggest paying a visit to.
Drawing on a
traditional rich ambience, Florence serves as the perfect location for
shopping, not only for fashion but for unique gifts and souvenirs. Milan is, of
course, renowned for being the fashion headquarters in Italy, but the Palazzo
Pitti has put Florence on the map for cutting edge and innovative design. You
will find boutiques for Gucci, Prada, Pucci, Cartier and Bulgari for high-end
shopping, but there are tonnes of other more wallet-friendly clothes shops dotted around the streets. Even if you
prefer to window shop, you can always let your imagination run wild by admiring the colours, designs and the fashion.
One of the easier
items to shop for is food and wine; these delicious delicacies can be found throughout
the streets. Obviously, some food doesn’t travel well, so you should be sure to get your fill while you are here. However, there is an abundance of food items that
do travel well and can make great gifts for family and friends. If you ever
head out wine tasting, it can be the perfect place to pick up some authentic
and genuine products.
Umbria is a small
region in Italy and is made up of mountains, valleys, and smaller towns rather
than large cities. It is extremely picturesque and known for its rural beauty, and
the region which boasts a population of less than one million, offers many
small towns and villages to visit and shop in.
Umbria is known for
its fabulous vineyards which produce quality wines like Rosso di Montefalco and
Torgiano. Umbria is also renowned for its black truffles from Valnerina, which
produce 45% of Italy’s black truffles.
region, there are a plethora of traditional markets which can be found in towns
and villages. In the town of Perugia, famous for its chocolate, a large market
is held in the Palazzo della Prefettura on the last weekend of every month.
This market boasts good quality ceramics for everyday home use and even
precious ornamental pieces. These traditional ceramics are decorated with
bright colours and patterns and have been made the same way for centuries.
In Bastia Umbra
you will find a large market dedicated to the four seasons of Italy which is held
in March, June, September and December. The market has fifty or sixty stands
where visitors can find several small everyday items sold at very low prices.
market for shoppers to visit is the one held in Castiglione del Lago, held on
the third Saturday of every month from April to September in the Piazza
Gramsci. This is a good market for those who are interested in purchasing
locally made ceramics and archery equipment.
Every year in
March, in the town of Todi there is a large market that brings antique dealers
from all over the country. These dealers sell everything from paintings and
furniture to rugs, ceramics and bronze figurines. Other interesting markets to
visit are held in the towns of Gubbio, Cittá di Castello, Narni, Pissignano and
Spoleto. These markets are perfect if you are staying in one of our luxury villas in Umbria.
Puglia Puglia is a
beautiful part of Italy and is famous for its traditional Italian markets.
Markets take place throughout the week, and it can be the perfect time to
mingle with locals and browse the stalls. The markets are open from around
7am until about 12.30pm, and the popular ones are held in the following villages: Cisternino
on a Monda, Fasano & Martina Franca on a Wednesday, Alberobelloon a Thursday,
Conversano on a Friday and Ostunion a Saturday.