Italy’s fashion hotspots
Holiday shopping in Italy is a special experience, whether it’s finding a vintage gem in a hidden laneway boutique or finally purchasing the designer handbag you’ve wanted for years. Here are some insider tips to help you navigate the tourist traps and shop the best of Italian fashion in Milan, Rome, Florence and Venice.
- The Quadrilatero D'oro is a must-visit for fashion lovers, with all the designers you could ask for spread across four adjacent streets. This is a fabulous destination just for window shopping and it’s right near the Duomo di Milano.
- Because you’re in one of the fashion capitals of the world, not far from the Quadrilatero is the world’s oldest and most famous shopping mall. Built in 1865, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II has stunning high glass ceilings and is home to high-end designers as well as restaurants and cafes.
- For unique street styles and independent labels, follow Corsa di Porta Ticinese towards Milan’s canals. This lively part of the city has everything you could want for full day of shopping, including cafes, gelato and pizza stops.
- At the foot of the glorious and iconic Spanish Steps are Rome’s best known streets for high-end labels: via Condotti and via Borgognona. When you need a break after climbing the steps or from carrying all your shopping, the historic Café Grecco is the quintessential Roman stop for an espresso.
- If it’s something more unique and away from tourists that you’re looking for, experience bohemian Italian style in Rione Monti, the hot spot for fashionable locals. The area is home to a number of independent Roman designers, vintage and eclectic stores, here you’ll find unique street styles and alternative fashion.
- What used to be home to the palaces of noble families in the 14th century, is now home to luxury label boutiques. Via de Tornabuoni is arguably Florence’s most famous street not just for the shopping but its stunning Renaissance palazzos.
- On the other side of the Arno river is Oltrarno, this charming district was traditionally where Florence’s craftsmen were based. Today, Oltrarano is still home to crafts with a great range of unique homewares, fashion labels, boutique hotels and trendy cafes.
- Get amongst the locals in via del Corso, a bustling street with nearly everything you could want with options to suit all budgets.
- Take a break from the crowded laneways at T Galleria in Venice. It’s an impressive duty free department store located on the banks of the Grand Canal. The renaissance palazzo, Fondaco dei Tedeschi, was given a major restoration to create this modern, luxurious shopping destination. But even if you’re not in the market for high end duty free items, the stunning rooftop viewing platform is free to book and on a clear day you’ll be able to see the surrounding islands.