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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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Raspini, Florence

There are several city-center branches of this chic one-stop shop, which stocks men's and women's fashions and shoes by Romeo Gigli, Armani, Prada, Miu Miu,...more

see the Florence guide
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Riccardo Barthel

Barthel is the king of Italy's shabby-chic interior designers. His shop and HQ near the Porta Romana is a treasure trove of old copper pots, worn leather...more

see the Florence guide
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Roberto Cavalli, Florence

Local boy Roberto Cavalli's flagship store opened a couple of years ago, controversially taking over a space previously occupied by Giacosa, one of Florence's...more

see the Florence guide
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Roberto Ugolino, Florence

Young shoemaker Roberto Ugolini's small workshop is just off Piazza Santo Spirito; you can watch him and his apprentices at work turning out exquisite men's...more

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Sacchi, Milan

No frills, no extras, just gloves of every style, color, and size. Leather, suede, chamois-lined, cashmere-lined: You name it, they have it, in this tiny...more

see the Milan guide
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Scuola del Cuioio, Florence

Created as a vocational charity for war orphans, this leather school is located inside the cloisters of Santa Croce church (you can also enter through the...more

see the Florence guide
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Shoes, Venice

Calagher (cobbler) Daniela Ghezzo took over the venerable Segalin shop in 2003 after learning the trade from the Segalins themselves—a father and son that...more

see the Venice guide
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Shopping in Cinque Terre

When it comes to shopping in this part of Italy, you'll do better to contain the spending urge until you get to Milan, or even nearby Genoa. But what you can...more

see the Cinque Terre + Portofino guide
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Stock Houses, Milan

In Milan, even top models use the stock houses, the city's discount fashion barns, which are the final resting place of many of last season's unsold garments...more

see the Milan guide
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TAD, Rome

At the one-stop shopping mecca TAD—Rome's answer to Colette in Paris and Jeffrey in New York—you'll find a handpicked collection of shoes, clothes,...more

see the Rome guide
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