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Prices in Italy soared with the introduction of the euro, but a strong artisan tradition means that even if you won't find the cheapest goods there, you will probably find the best. Shopping in the international fashion capitals of Milan, Rome, and Florence can be a near-religious experience. But Prada and Gucci stores in the big cities sell items for about the same as (or more than) everywhere else in the world. The intrepid should lay hold of a map and a car and drive to the outlets (Gucci and Prada among them) outside Florence. They're not easy to find, but for fashionistas, the bargain prices will be worth it. Other areas of Italy have their own specialties. Venice and the island of Murano are both known for handblown glass. Tuscany is a center for marble, carved into elegant sculptures or in great slabs for the portico back home. Lombardy produces wonderful pottery and handmade violins. And from Piedmont you can get elegant handmade gold jewelry.

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Brunello Cucinelli, Solomeo

Italy's cashmere king has his home base in the tiny village of Solomeo, west of Perugia. Here, about 400 workers turn top-quality Mongolian cashmere into the...more

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Calzaturificio Magli

If you don't mind wearing last year's fashions, you can find Bruno Magli shoes (and bags, belts, and suede jackets) at a fraction of their boutique prices at...more

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Carthusia I Profumi di Capri, Capri Town, Capri

This tiny shop has been crafting fragrances from local herbs and flowers since 1948. The scents are unique and considered collector's items by fans; the most...more

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Degli Effetti, Rome

Degli Effetti is a triumvirate of style with its women's outpost at number 93, men's at 79, and something called "neo millennium" at 75. All...more

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Deruta Ceramics, Deruta

Flanking the busy E45 superstrada about ten miles south of Perugia, the modern-day ceramics factories of Deruta are the successors of workshops that have been...more

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Designers, Rome

Most of the big names in Italian design have their flagship stores in the grid of elegant and exorbitant streets that lie immediately beneath the Spanish Steps....more

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Designers for Less, Rome

You've window-shopped along Via Condotti, your credit card has wilted, but your spirit's willing. So where do you turn? Rome's city center stock houses won't...more

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Ditta G. Poggi, Rome

Even if you're not planning to set up your easel in the Forum or sketch copies of Roman statues in the Capitoline Museums, you'll be fascinated by the wealth of...more

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Emilio Pucci, Florence

Born in Naples, Italian aristocrat and ski champion Emilio Pucci set up headquarters in Florence, his family's historic power base, when his fashion house began...more

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Fabriano, Rome

In this stylish store on the eternally elegant Via del Babuino, you can stock up on luxury stationery—both hand- and machine-made—from Cartiere...more

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