10 Day Tours Of Italy: Made In Italy Shopping Tour

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"Serious Retail Shopping Therapy"

For Italian Shopping Lovers - 10 Day Tours Of Italy

Get Ready To Experience The Excitement Of Vacation Shopping In Italy

Have you ever thought about taking an all inclusive Italian vacation shopping in Italy? If so, this private escorted Italy shopping tour is just for you.

 

Italy is famous for shopping and for the “Made In Italy” brand. It is known for producing high quality artisan goods including: food, pasta, cheese, furniture, handbags, ceramics, clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, gold and silver, Italian wine, gelato, beer, blown glass, chocolates, all kinds of leather goods, soaps, and even its great pizza that we all know and love.

 

Shopping during a 10 day tour of Italy can be a bit complicated if you don’t know the language or where to shop.

 

Over the years, we have heard numerous questions from our guests:

  • Is shopping in Italy expensive? Can you give me some general Italy shopping tips before we go shopping?

  • What do you think are the best shopping places in Italy? What is the best city for shopping in Italy?

  • Currently, what is the most popular shopping in Italy?

  • Where are the best shopping bargains in Italy to be found?  

  • Can you tell me where to go shopping in Italy where the locals go?

  • Where are the best shopping places in Italy off the beaten path?

  • Where can I find some cool things to buy in Italy for friends or family members? Where can I buy some cool souvenirs from Italy while I am making my trip?

  • I don’t speak Italian. What is the best Italian shopping vocabulary and what are the best Italian shopping phrases to use?

  • Can you tell me a bit about the logistics of tax free shopping in Italy and how I can get a tax refund in Italy from shopping? It all seems to be a bit complicated to me.

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​There are many places especially outside of the great tourist towns to go shopping in Italy in order to find great bargains.

 

The possibilities for shopping in this area are almost limitless. Whether you like to shop for yourself or for others, our Made In Italy Shopping Tour is just for you!

What’s Special About Our Made In Italy Shopping Tour?

 

The age-old culture of independent artisan producers is still thriving in Central Italy. On our tour, you will shop for high-quality Made In Italy handcrafted goods that bear the distinctive design and elegance for which Italy is famous. At some of our favorite shops, you’ll even be able to observe the actual goods being produced.

 

Our Made in Italy Shopping Tour is a crafted adventure. This tour is customized just for you and Italian Shopping Lovers. We take you those places that you would like to go and will show you where to go shopping in Italy that only locals know.

You will shop at boutique shops and small family businesses. We will help you find best shopping places in Italy.

 

After you book your tour, we will send you a short survey to learn about your individual shopping interests. We will then prepare a tour that is customized just for you.

 

With our Made in Italy Shopping Tour, you’ll also have the personal assistance of knowledgeable Italians who have lived and shopped in this heart of Italy for decades. They know the shops where locals shop for Made in Italy goods that most foreigners never find.

 

They will eagerly share some Italy shopping tips, help you with Italian shopping vocabulary and give you some of the best Italian shopping phrases. If you need some help determining some cool things to buy in Italy for friends and some cool souvenirs from Italy, they can help you with these things as well. They will even help you to bargain so that you’ll get the best prices like a local.To make this shopping tour in Italy a true adventure, we will toss in some fun shopping surprises along the way.

 

Of course, there are also lots and lots of things you can do beyond shopping.

 

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During your visit, you will get to tour around and enjoy food and wine from an area that was cited in a recent Trip Advisor study as having the best food in all of Italy.

 

You will also have plenty of opportunities to stop at a number unknown places to visit in Italy in various hilltop towns, Roman towns and medieval towns – for as much or as little – as you like. Once you get to Florence, you will also get a chance to shop in one of the great artisan shopping centers of the world. You'll also be free to do other things as you wish, including luxuriating and relaxing at an Italian spa.​

The possibilities are endless with a Made In Italy Shopping Tour.

 

Below is just one example of a vast selection of different shopping delights that can be taken on our shopping tour.

Typical Itinerary:
Made In Italy Shopping Tour

For Italian Shopping Lovers 

10 Day Tours Of Italy: For 10 Days / 9 Nights

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Saturday
Depart for Italy To Start Your Made In Italy Shopping Tour

Sunday Day 1
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Your Tour Group Arrives in Italy & Takes A Short Trip to Enchanting Spello

Arrive in Rome at Fiumicino airport to start your all-inclusive Italian vacation shopping in Italy. You will be met by an Italian/English-speaking chauffeur who will escort and whisk you away by private car to the spectacular heart of Italy.

 

Enjoy a beautiful view while experiencing your first Italian lunch at a restaurant that features local cheeses and meats, homemade pastas, steaks and slow-cooked pork in wine, fresh vegetarian dishes, and more.

Spend the remainder of your afternoon while relaxing at your 4-star Italian hotel, lounging by the pool, or exploring the intriguing walled Roman town of Spello. Since you may be a bit jet-lagged, we will start our evening early with an informal get-together and a brief local orientation while sampling Italian wine and appetizers in a privately owned 17th century Italian palazzo.

Private driver from Rome Airport, lunch with Italian wine (if desired), and a light dinner with drinks and heavy appetizers are included.

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Monday Day 2
Made In Italy Shopping Tour
Shopping in Central Italy: Umbria & Tuscany

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After an early breakfast at your hotel, we will visit two nearby historic towns, one in Umbria and the other in Tuscany. Both are places for popular shopping in Italy. These towns specialize in producing a wide variety of fine artisan goods including jewelry, shoes, artwork, leather, clothing, furniture, antiques, cashmere, ceramics, Italian food products and more.

 

Today is your first day vacation shopping in Italy so we’ll make sure that will have ample time to shop in both towns. We can also visit a small family furniture factory if you are interested.

 

We will have lunch at a small, well-known restaurant with a panoramic view of Lake Trasimeno. After shopping, we will return to Spello to freshen-up and then walk five minutes to a family-owned osteria which features a gorgeous view of Assisi and a menu of fresh, seasonal, delicious Italian specialties.

Included: All meals, coffee, tea, sparkling water, and local Italian wine, if desired.

Tuesday Day 3
Made In Italy Shopping Tour
Private Artisan Fabric Factory Tour With Wine Tasting And Afternoon Spa Visit

After a breakfast buffet at your hotel, you’ll have a chance to tour an artisan, 70-year old family-owned textile factory in Umbria that specializes in producing fabrics based on ancient as well as modern Umbrian designs.

 

The factory uses a fascinating early fabricated leather computer-like card reader that enables artisan workers to design and create scarves, table linens, and napkins while using old manual methods of cloth production.

 

You will have an opportunity to see all that they produce and to do some tax free shopping in Italy and shop for specialty items.

 

Next, we will have lunch at one of the oldest family-owned wineries in the region. You will enjoy the many cheeses, meats, vegetables, honey, and wine produced on their farm. 

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After a leisurely slow-paced lunch, we will drive to Assisi. There, you can shop at the wide variety of artisan shops in this ancient, UNESCO World Heritage town.

 

And you can take a break at a local spa built on top of ancient Roman baths. At the spa, you’ll have time to indulge, relax, recuperate and spend some magical time while enjoying an aperitif before we depart.

 

We will then return to Spello in early evening. If you are still hungry, you can go out for dinner at our expense at one of over 40 local restaurants.

 

Or for a lighter choice, you can order appetizers and wine (at our expense) and enjoy a relaxing view from your room’s terrace. 

Included: All meals, coffee, tea, sparkling water, spa visit, and local Italian wine, if desired.

Wednesday Day 4
Made In Italy Shopping Tour
Escorted Shopping Tour Of Designer Outlet Stores, Leisurely Lunch On The Sea And Wine Tasting 

After breakfast we will drive east toward the Adriatic Sea. We will visit the Marche  Region that is little-known to foreigners. This region is the largest producer of shoes in all of Italy and is the home of over 2,200 shoe companies.

 

We will visit several Italian shopping outlets for a day of outlet shopping in Italy. You will go to some outlet stores located in an area that incudes some of the best unknown places to visit in Italy. Here you will find some of the best shopping bargains in Italy for high quality goods.

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We will take a break from shopping to have lunch right on the sea with a lovely seaview at a restaurant whose menu changes daily depending upon what fresh seafood is available. Later, we will return to Spello where you will have some quiet time at your hotel.

 

We will then walk to a wine tasting conducted by a good friend who is an Italian sommelier and owns an enoteca or “wine bar” in Spello. This unforgettable wine bar features a stunning interior highlighted with a Roman vaulted ceiling.

If you are still hungry after the day, you can have dinner (at our expense) at one of several restaurants that we can recommend in town.

Included: All meals, coffee, tea, sparkling water, wine tasting, and local Italian wine, if desired.

Thursday Day 5
Made In Italy Shopping Tour
Shopping In Foligno & Perugia

After a breakfast buffet at your hotel, we will visit two nearby towns that are unknown to most foreigners travelers. Both of these towns are on our private best city for shopping in Italy list.

 

Both towns have a large number of small shops that sell cashmere, clothing, leather goods including shoes and purses, fine lace, artisan pasta, specialty foods, bakery goods, chocolates, fine art, ceramics, and more. An Italian shopping expert will escort you and even help you purchase goods and bargain for the best price if you wish.

 

When the shops close for lunch, we will drive to a lovingly restored Italian agriturismo for lunch. We will have a relaxing lunch featuring food and wine from their farm. After lunch we will resume shopping and finish our day in the early evening. After a long day of shopping, we will return to Spello to have drinks and heavy appetizers in a genuine 17th century Italian palazzo.

 

Included: All meals, coffee, tea, sparkling water, evening drinks with heavy appetizers, and Italian wine, if desired.

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Friday – Day 6
Made In Italy Shopping Tour
Small Group Guided Tour Of Artisan Ceramic Factory And Shopping In Deruta 
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After breakfast, we will drive to a town which has had a worldwide reputation for centuries and is one of the most famous places to visit in Italy. Nearby Deruta has been celebrated for its hand-painted ceramics since the early Middle Ages. The town itself is dramatically stunning.

 

With over 200 boutique ceramic artisan workshops to visit, you’ll find some of the most beautiful hand-painted ceramics in Italy. These include a wide variety of irresistible traditional and modern ceramic tableware, plates, bowls, dishes, cups, tables, lamps and artistic ceramics. Many items can also be made to order and individually monogrammed. You are likely to find many cool souvenirs from Italy and a number of cool things to buy in Italy.

Our first stop will be a small artisan factory where we will explore how ceramics are made and painted. You’ll learn the differences between authentic Italian hand-made ceramics and lower quality foreign “knock offs”. We will then visit the spectacular local ceramic museum, which is located in a converted cloister of the Church of San Francesco. The museum features local ceramics dating back to the 14th century.

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You will have plenty of time to visit and shop at the numerous shops while having lunch on your own at our expense. We’ll return to Spello in mid-afternoon for private time and packing. For your farewell celebration, one of our favorite Italian chefs will prepare a private dinner at a privately owned 17th century storybook palazzo.

Included: All meals, coffee, tea, sparkling water, and local Italian wine, if desired.

Saturday Day 7
Made In Italy Shopping Tour
Trip To Tuscany To Shop In Florence And Siena

We’re off today to see some of the most popular places in Italy. During the last days of your Italy Shopping Tour, you’ll see the incredible Tuscan towns of Florence and Siena. These are both great towns for shopping.

 

Florence was once one of the wealthiest and most influential cities in the world. Today it is a major artistic, cultural, commercial, political and financial center. It is known for its extraordinary Renaissance architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Forbes ranked Florence as the most beautiful city in the world in 2010.

 

We’ll make the short trip to Florence by train to enjoy the beautiful Italian countryside as we depart Umbria and arrive in Tuscany for our Florence adventure.

When we arrive, we will check-in to your 4-star Italian hotel located in the heart of Florence. We’ll grab a light lunch at a restaurant that specializes in Tuscan cuisine including homemade pici pasta, Tuscan meats, various tomato or bean soups, great Tuscan red and white wines, and more.

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After lunch, we’ll take a guided walking tour conducted by a knowledgeable local tour guide to get oriented to Florence.

 

Florence will be a marked change from Umbria since it is not a hilltop town. Instead the historic center is quite flat. It is also a great place to mingle, explore and walk since vehicle traffic is restricted for local residents, taxis and hotel guests.

After your walking tour you can continue to explore the labyrinth of ancient Florentine streets while admiring the exquisite renaissance architecture. You can stop to taste some creamy Italian artisan gelato; admire numerous quaint jewelry shops which line the oldest bridge in Florence, the famous Ponte Vecchio; walk along the Arno River; do some shopping at myriad small shops, or grab a cocktail or glass of wine from one of the many wine bars in Florence. There are lots of different things to do in Florence that we can recommend.

You’ll will have dinner tonight at one of our favorite Tuscan restaurants. It is tucked away in a corner of an ancient piazza. The restaurant serves award winning authentic Tuscan foods. The fresh pasta and bread are prepared daily and made on-site. All dishes are based on the best seasonal ingredients and the menu changes with the season. For a special treat, you can also sample their deep green Tuscan olive oil which is produced on the restaurant owners’ estate outside of Florence. If you still have energy, you can go back to the sky terrace at your hotel to have a nightcap and enjoy a nighttime view of Florence.

Included: Transportation by train from Umbria to Florence, guided tour of Florence, all meals, coffee, tea, sparkling water, and local Italian wine (if desired) and lodging in Florence.

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Sunday Day 8
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Tour Of Florence - Continued
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Today, we’ll visit the Galleria dell’Accademia, one of Italy’s most popular museums. This well-known museum features Michelangelo’s colossal statue of David.

 

In addition to the David, there are six large unfinished marble statues that line the gallery. Many people grow quiet when they enter and stare in awe. The figures are so lifelike that they seem frozen in time.

 

After our experience seeing the David we will walk five minutes to the nearby Mercato Centrale. This 150-year old open-air marketplace features artisan food shops that cater to local residents and restaurants.

As part of your Italy Shopping Tour you will be able to peruse the many interesting shops. They offer a vast selection local produce: cheeses, meats, salami’s, wine, liquors, soft drinks, and much more. We’ll get a whiff of the wonderful scents of all kinds of products and especially prosciutto hams with the local favorite called “Cinta Senese” that is prized throughout Italy. It is a lot of fun to sample and discover what you like best.

 

We will then have lunch at one of the authentic casual restaurants inside the market or from one of the many restaurants located outside, depending on your preference.

 

After lunch, we will go up to a square on a promontory high above Florence – the famous Piazzale Michelangelo. From here you can see an incredible panoramic view of all of Florence. You’ll see the giant basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore which from this vantage appears to be small. You see the historic wall surrounding parts of Florence and arc of the Arno River. The square is a great place to take some fine photos.

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We’ll then return to the center of old Florence. You’ll have some time to do things on your own before dinner. You can go back to relax at your hotel, continue shopping, or walk around Florence and explore the narrow streets.

Florence is an international city that offers you some wonderful international dinner options. We’ll recommend several restaurants where you can find Indian, Turkish, Thai, or Japanese cuisine.

 

Or, you can select from one of our many favorite Italian restaurants. Perhaps tonight is the night to try an authentic Florentine beefsteak -- Bistecca alla Fiorentina -- or select from numerous other tasty Tuscan specialties.

 

Included: Museum tickets, transportation within the city center, and all meals, coffee, tea, sparkling water, and local Italian wine, if desired. 

Monday Day 9
Made In Italy Shopping Tour
A Shopping Trip To Siena

After breakfast we’ll take you on a short public bus ride for a shopping trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Italy – Siena.

 

Siena was first settled by the Etruscans around 2,500 years ago. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was one of the most important cities in medieval Europe. Siena is famous for its food, art, museums and its medieval landscape. It also has one of the oldest universities in the world.

 

When you arrive in Siena, you will definitely feel like you have gone back in time.

 

You’ll see the gigantic Piazza del Campo which is regarded as one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares. It is renowned for its architecture and beauty and is lined with red brick buildings. Siena is also the site of a famous horse-race held twice each summer – the Palio of Siena.

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After walking around a bit and having time to admire the piazza, we’ll have an early lunch at a Tuscan restaurant and pizzeria on the main square. You can do some people watching while enjoying a view of the piazza and all of its architectural glory.

 

After lunch we will stop at the Palazzo Pubblico across the piazza. The palace is a grand work of architecture in itself, with nearly every interior room frescoed. You can climb the stairs in the medieval tower next door to get a commanding view of Siena.

 

Siena is also a wonderful shopping town. We’ll walk around the medieval road that surrounds the piazza and is lined by all kinds of intriguing shops.

We’ll tvisit the main duomo or cathedral located just a couple of blocks away. The duomo was completed in the 14th century and is a masterpiece of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture. It has an imposing zebra-like facade featuring alternating white and black marble.

 

You’ll have plenty of time to explore the town, do some shopping, or grab another gelato. Late in the afternoon we will take the bus back to Florence. There you can freshen up at your hotel.

 

We’ll then have a fond farewell celebration with cocktails, wine and a Tuscan dinner. There you can talk about the wonders of Italy and perhaps even start dreaming of a future return trip!

 

Included: Transportation to Siena and all meals with coffee, tea, sparkling water, and local Italian wine, if desired.

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Tuesday Day 10
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Depart For Florence Airport Or Rome Airport
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On your final morning after taking one of our 10 day tours of Italy, you will be picked up at your hotel to take you to the Florence airport for your flight back home. Instead, if you are flying out of Rome, we will escort you to the Florence train station and guide you to the high-speed train which will take you to Rome and Fiumicino Airport.

Transportation to Florence Airport or Rome Airport and breakfast are included.

Please Note: This schedule may change subject to weather and availability.

What’s Included
Made In Italy Shopping Tour
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  • 10-Day Tours Of Italy: For 10 days / 9 nights

  • All-Inclusive In Italy

  • Ground transportation from Rome airport upon arrival. Upon departure, transportation to Florence Airport Or Train Tickets from Florence to Rome airport if departing from Rome. Bus transportation to and from Siena to Florence

  • 9 nights lodging in two Italian 4-star hotels in Central Italy regions of Umbria and Tuscany

  • Transportation for each day of the tour as needed

  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners with Italian wine, if desired

  • Private dinner prepared by an Italian chef

  • Museum tickets

  • Cocktail party featuring heavy appetizers at a private storybook palazzo

  • Wine tastings will take place at cozy wine bars in Italian wine country. The tastings will also include tours of wine cellars and vineyards.

  • Professional Italian tour guide available during portions of the tour

  • Spa visit with an afternoon aperitif 

  • Numerous opportunities to shop

  • Optional time for biking, walking, hiking, trekking, cycling, e-biking or e bike

  • Additional private time to do things together or on your own

What's Not Included
Made In Italy Shopping Tour
  • Flights to and from Italy

  • Travel Insurance

  • Passport Fees

Accommodations

  • We book our guests at small, boutique hotels that are often family-owned. Many are located in historic properties, some of which are centuries old. You will stay at an Italian 4-star hotel that is charming and authentic, featuring modern amenities including: wi-fi, air conditioning and a private in-suite bathroom. Many guests have remarked that our hotels are more quaint and memorable than chain hotels in North America.