Italy is not only one of the most culturally rich countries in the world, this amazing country is also full of artisan goodies that everybody can enjoy and take back home. Shopping here is an experience itself, but you can also come back home with pieces that will forever remind you of your time in Italy.
Here are some reasons why Italy is the best country for shopping in Europe:
The quality of the craftsmanship
The craftsmanship in Italy is well-known all around the world, especially amongst the fashion world. Leather goods from Italy, for example, are some of the best in the world and you can find stylish items at all price ranges.
One of the things I love the most about Italy is how many ‘mom and pop’ stores there are. Plus the intention and care that goes into the production at these shops (as well as the big-name stores) is unparalleled. If you are looking for a new leather handbag, for example, you can find designer top handle bags online from sites like Mirta that offer artisanal leather goods that are 100% made in Italy. The best part is you can have their pieces shipped to your house before you leave for Italy! You often hear stories of people who buy Italian leather goods and say they are still using them 10 years later. These pieces really last that long if not for more time.
No preservatives in the fresh food
Markets and specialty stores are two places that many visitors find they can spend a significant amount of time in while visiting Italy. The food here is famous all over the world, and with no preservatives and a focus on quality, many people end up wanting to take some classic Italian food home with them.
Just be sure you check what food you are able to take through customs while coming home rather than being surprised at the airport! And then understandably sad that they’ve confiscated your prosciutto or parmigiano-reggiano.
Gold jewelry pieces that will last forever at an attractive price
Jewelry can often times be incredibly expensive, but shopping for gold jewelry in Italy can leave buyers surprised with how affordable pieces can be for such high quality. The capitol of gold making in Italy is Vicenza, but you can also find incredible pieces in Milan, Florence and throughout the country. In fact, around two thirds of jewelry produced in Europe actually is produced in Italy. So you can find all ranges of gold pieces here!
Italians believe less is more in terms of buying. They invest in good things and only buy things that will last for years to come. That means that pieces may be more expensive upfront, but they will last longer and end up with a better cost per wear while showing better quality each time you wear it. It also encourages you to be more mindful with what you do choose to invest in and really ensure that they are pieces that suit you and your style. Give that buying style a try and you can find some truly unique, beautiful pieces.
Hanna Johnson is a free-spirited world traveler currently based in Italy. She loves nature and the environment. When she’s not behind her computer working on a new editorial project, you will probably find her browsing museums or in a local café.