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»» Christmas Markets in Rome: Piazza Navona

One of the most spectacular squares in Rome, Piazza Navona, hosts the biggest and most traditional Christmas Market of the Eternal City.

Rome-Piazza Navona

The stalls featuing all the local Christmas delicacies, the nativity scenes and many various events taking place in and around the square during the festivities, offer the best chance to experience the flavour of Christmas in Rome.

In Piazza Navona, on January 6 — the last day of the Xmas festivities — kids can meet the Befana, the old woman who comes to deliver them gifts.

When: from early December through January 6 (annual)
Where: Roma – Piazza Navona

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»» Artistic Handmade Jewelry Exhibition in Milan – Masters of the Jewel

The best of Italian handmade jewelry is on display at the Milan‘s historical Palazzina Liberty from October 7 until October 10.
Maestri del Gioiello” — Masters of the Jewel — is an exhibition of handmade jewelry featuring jewels of art only, truly handmade by true goldsmith craftsmen and artists.

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The exhibitors are selected based on their craftsmanship skill, expertise and artistic flair.

“Maestri del Gioiello” is a pretty unique event of goldsmith craftsmanship and art, offering visitors the chance to admire splendid artistic jewels and also giving jewelry industry operators and retailers the opportunity to meet talented goldsmith masters, to propose new ideas, personalized and unique jewels.

The exhibition is organized by Association Cultural and Artistic Iperbole and jointly sponsored by Municipality of Milan, Province of Milan, Region Lombardy, Chamber of Commerce of Milan.

When: Oct 7 – 10, 2011 (annual)
Where: Milan (Palazzina Liberty – venue address: XXII Marzo/Largo Marinai d’Italia)
Details of “Maestri del Gioiello” can be found at

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»» Advice for High-end Shopping in Milan: Coin Excelsior Luxury Store

High-end shoppers who are visiting Milan will appreciate the new Coin Excelsior mega-store. Located in Galleria del Corso, the heart of the city center, Coin Excelsior brings together high-end fashion, food and design.

The 7-storey mega-store provides the best of the well known brand items as well as the rising ones. Here is a quick guide on what brand items you can buy there.
Beginning from the food, you can find Eat’s restaurants, a Laudurée pastries corner and many more food specialties.

The second floor is reserved for men clothing only, among the brands you can find there: Maison Martin Margiela, Dries van Noten, Marni,Balmain, Marc Jacobs, CoSTUME NATIONAL, Porter e Moscot.

The third floor is reserved for women clothing; it features well-established brands such like Valentino, Chloé, Marni e Joseph as well as the rising ones 3.1 Phillip Lim, Vanessabruno, e Vincenzo De Cotiis.

When it comes to shoes and leather accessories, you can find the top of luxury at the last floor. There, the list of top-brands includes amongst others: Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, Sergio Rossi, Pierre Hardy e Repetto, and for the handbag department: Givenchy, Proenza Schouler, Zagliani, Marni, Chloé.
And if you are looking for rising American designers, the first floor offers brands such like Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Alice and Olivia, Vince.

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»» 2011 Summer Sales Season Starts in Italy

The 2011 summer sales season in Italy starts on July 2nd. Unlike the previous years, in 2011 there is a single start date — July 2nd — for each of the Italian regions.

Castel Romano Designer Outlet

Our usual recommendation: even the sales season runs through a couple of months, you get the best deals only if you are shopping in the early weeks.

Another piece of advice we can offer to tourists who are visiting Florence, or Tuscany, or Rome, is paying a visit to the large fashion malls located in the surroundings of the cities.
They include hundreds of stores featuring top designer brands all in one place. There, you can buy designer items at very reduced prices — this is the case all year round, even better during the sale season.

A few addresses you could find helpful about fashion malls: in the surroundings of Rome — 15km away from city center — “Castel Romano Designer Outlet”; “Valdichiana Outlet Village” is a very handy fashion mall for those who are visiting Tuscany or Umbria; if you are visiting Florence you could visit The Mall in Leccio Reggello, it is just 33km away from the city center.

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»» Winter Sales Season in Italy – How To Grab Designer Deals

The winter sales season in Italy starts early January. Below is the 2011 winter sales schedule with the start date for each of the regions.

Lombardy (Milan) Jan 6; Lazio (Rome) Jan 6; Tuscany (Florence, Siena etc…) Jan 6; Umbria (Perugia, Assisi etc…) Jan 6; Veneto (Venice, Padova etc..) Jan 6; Campania (Naples, Capri, Amalfi Coast…) Jan 2; Liguria (Genoa, Ligurian Riviera, Cinque Terre…) Jan 6; Emilia Romagna (Bologna) Jan 6; Piedmont (Turin) Jan 2; Sicily Jan 2; Sardegna Jan 8; Marche Jan 6; Apulia Jan 6; Friuli Venezia Giulia Jan 3; Trentino Alto Adige Jan 8; Valle d’Aosta Jan 10; Molise Jan 2; Abruzzo (L’Aquila) Jan 6; Basilicata Jan 2; Calabria Jan 2.

Please, be aware, even the sales season lasts around 60 days, you could grab the best deals only in the early weeks.

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