What you need to know the shopper
Italy can be brought good skin products (shoes, jackets, bags), wonderful clothes of Italian fashion designers, knitwear, beautiful underwear, porcelain, crystal, decorations and jewelry, souvenirs, picture frames in ancient style or custom copy of the ancient statue.
Mini dictionary of store names
"Abigliamento" (clothes), "PROFUMERIA" (perfumery), "Ologenia" (Jvetle), "Panetteria" (bakery), "Frutta" (fruits), "Macelleria" (meat), "Pescheria" (a fish), "Pasticceria" (confectionery).
For orientation in prices a few numbers. Mink fur coat costs about 1,500,000 l ($ 800) 3-5 times cheaper than in Moscow, sheepskin – 850,000 L (about $ 500), leather boots 350 000 l (about $ 200) and shoes – 70,000 – 80,000 L ($ 50), it is not cheap, but in Moscow high-quality shoes are twice as expensive.
In Italy a lot of good stores. The most famous 4 large department store "Grandi Magazzini": "Upim", " La Standa", "Coin", " La Rinascenta", The latter are highlighted by their high prices.
In large state stores prices are lower than in small private. You can bargain almost everywhere, except for state stores with solid prices. In boutiques about discounts not accepted.
Large selection of inexpensive and high-quality clothing and shoes in Standa and UPIM stores and in cooperative, where the letters are in the names "coal". Prices for electronics in Italy by 15 – 20% higher than in Germany.
In Italy, there is a system of seasonal discounts (SCONTI) from January 7 to March 1 and from July 10 to August 31. But inscription "sale" and "Discounts" can only be advertising. Italians themselves prefer to be serving in the markets or in bears away from the center, where the goods are also high-quality, but not as expensive.
In the province you can find shops at wholesale warehouses, where objects from the collections of past seasons are sold "Pret-A-Porte" even famous Italian fashion designers are much cheaper than in the capital or big cities.
The farther to the south of Italy, topics cheaper. In our markets of Italian goods with real "Labelas" almost not. But in Moscow boutiques, their cheap consumer goods are worth "Fucking" money. Such things in large stores of Rome, Milan, Florence usually fill baskets with the inscription "Saldi" (sale).
In stores with the inscription "Tax-Free" (without tax) you can get a special check, giving the right to return value added tax upon departure from Italy. Receipt "Tax-Free" issued by the seller upon presentation of a passport after buying goods in one store in the amount of at least 300000 L (about $ 160).
Approximate prices for products
The cost of bread in the range of 1,500 -2 000 L ($ 1), chocolate (100 g) – 2 000 – 3 000 L ($ 1-1.5), 1 kg of delicacy meat – 15,000 – 20,000 L (about $ 10), Table dry wine 0.75 l, on average 5 000 L ($ 2.5).
In Italian supermarkets "Supermercato" Prices than private food shops. Further products to buy in the markets that usually work daily from 7:00 – 8:00 am to 13:00.
To find out the cost of the goods need to ask "QUANTO COSTA?" (What is the price?).
It is worth bringing strong wine from Italy "Chianti" (0.75 l – 8 500 L / $ 5), present green olive oil (1 liter – 14 000 L / $ 8) and, of course, one of the most exquisite Italian almond liqueurs "Disaronno Amaretto" (1 l – 27 000 L / $ 15), legendary love drink, known since 1525.
Food stores (Alimentari) and cafes open at 7-8 am. The rest work from 8: 00/9: 00 to 12: 30/13: 00 and from 15: 00/16: 00 to 19: 30/20: 00.
Siesta (lunch break, passed in afternoon) from 13:00 to 15: 00/16: 00.
In the center of large cities there are shops that work without days off until late evening.
Small shops at the hottest season, from mid-August to mid-September, often go on vacation.