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Best Things to Buy in Italy (Designer Brands to Splurge On!)

Looking for the best things to buy in Italy? Travel and shopping go hand in hand, and if you ever find yourself in the lucky position of being able to visit Italy you will soon realise that it is the absolute epicentre of quality of luxury! We’re sharing some of the best luxury designers to buy in Italy.

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Best Things to Buy In Italy During Your Travels

Whether you are in Milan, Florence, Venice , or Rome, it is easier to find luxury goods in any corner of Italy than anywhere else in the world. If you didn’t arrive as a quality connoisseur, then you will almost certainly leave as one. Use this Italy shopping guide to get yourself looking red carpet ready!

Top Designers to Buy in Italy

Milan is without a doubt the capital of Italian and international fashion. Take a stroll down Monte Napoleone in Milan, the third most expensive upscale shopping street in Europe. However, high-end clothing brands and world-renowned fashion designers can be found all over Italy. Rome, Milan, Verona, Naples, and Florence being among the most popular. Rome’s best street market is Via Del Corso. The narrow streets and alleys have a wide selection of shopping choices. Like many markets in Italy, there is a mix of local boutiques and international brand names.

It is impossible not to get swept up in the fashions and the culture of the Italian people, so with that in mind, here are some one-of-a-kind luxury items and Italian labels to splurge on when in Italy.

Italian Fashion

The fashion industry has deep roots in Italy. Some of the world’s oldest and top fashion houses are Italian. Valentino, Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace, Miuccia Prada, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, and Marni just to name a few. Imagine having the best Italian clothing brands at your fingertips.

Whether you are shopping at a small family business, digging through the racks of a vintage clothing store for the perfect Armani Jeans, or for high-end labels in a luxury fashion house, one thing is for certain – it will be of the highest quality with an Italian brand name.

If famous Italian designer brands are out of reach, no worries. There are plenty of affordable Italian clothing brands too and don’t forget to visit an outlet mall.

A Luxury Watch

Running on Italian time are we? When thinking about where to buy a watch in Milan, head straight to shops like Pisa Orologeria in the heart of the fashion district! Something that Milan is particularly famous for is its large array of luxury watchmakers and gold, so don’t be afraid to hold off on purchasing at your first shop and spend extra time browsing before investing in your once-in-a-lifetime piece. No matter how expensive, it will definitely be worth it! If you are searching for gold, the north of Italy is famous for its amazing 18 karat gold!

Quality Borsalino Hats

Borsalino is an Italian company that has been representing luxury millinery craftsmanship ever since 1857. World-renowned experts in felt and straw hat making, you cannot visit Italy without picking out a style for yourself. A hat always adds a certain je ne sais quoi! These hats have donned the heads of many famous celebrities and royalty, why not one for you too? 

Gucci Bags

When you think of Italy, you think of Gucci, it’s as simple as that!  A Gucci bag is easily one of the top things to buy in Italy. The luxury fashion brand has cornered the market in lots of different areas of the industry, but high-end handbags are really where they rule supreme! If you want the very best in designer bags, then it makes sense to get it from the birthplace of the brand in Florence and pick your very own Gucci bag. The flagship store in Florence was also the very first Gucci store, so you can technically say you are visiting a museum…while buying a gorgeous new bag

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High-Quality Bottles of Wine

Nobody does wine like Italians. One of the best things about visiting Italy for yourself is being able to experience the true quality of winemaking without having to pay a premium for an exported product. Whether you like red, white or rose, you’ll find an Italian wine that will make your taste buds sing. If you are more into Prosecco, stay up in the Veneto region and visit some of the best Prosecco producers in the world! For more red wine fanatics, head to Chianti or Montepulciano in Tuscany. 

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Leather Goods

There is no debate that Italian leather is the best in the world. It’s just another best to add to the ever-growing list in the Italy column! If you are looking for luxury leather goods and craftsmanship that will stand the test of time, then splurging on an Italian product in its home country is absolutely the right idea. Whether it’s a simple belt or a stunning pair of loafers, you’ll always feel good wearing it/them. Another added feature, most stores offer repairs even if after years and years the shoes become a bit worn.

Florence is one of the best places to buy the best quality leather in Italy. It is widely known for having quality leather goods available for happy tourists and locals alike. Whether you are in the market for a new leather bag, leather shoes, a new leather jacket, or simply a leather belt to take back as a souvenir you will find it in Florence.

You will find both luxury boutiques and raucous street bazaars such as San Lorenzo market. If you’re not sure where to go for a cappuccino or il pranzo (lunch) just ask the local shop owners or friendly staff for a recommendation.

Tips for Buying Clothes and Shoes in Italy

Understand Italian Clothing Sizes – Doing a little research about clothing and shoe sizes in advance of your travels will make your shopping experience in Italy more enjoyable.

Italian clothing sizes can be very confusing if you are from the USA or UK. However, a sales clerk will help you find your clothing size. Many brands are also putting USA sizes in shirts and pants. Should this not be the case, understand that Italy uses centimeters instead of inches to measure clothes. As a result, the dimensions are different from the USA and UK. Remember that 2.54 cm equals 1 inch in the clothing industry. Many items do use international standards such as XS and XL. As for shoes, sports brands such as Nike or Fila will have US and UK sizes. Otherwise, it is recommended to try them on.

Of course, all of these items are available from designer stores across the globe, but the special element comes in the fact of buying it in its country of origin, along with the much cheaper prices that you will be able to pay! Any one of these items would make for the perfect souvenir of an amazing European trip.

If all of that weren’t enough, Italy is also world renowned for home furnishings. Though, that might be a costly shipping bill to get it back to the United States.

There are hundreds of reasons to take a trip to Italy. If shopping is on your list, we hope this shopping guide for Italy is helpful!

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