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FLEA MARKETS IN ITALY

The markets in Italy, ranging from flea markets to antique and food markets to those holding a variety of crafts, all tell an interesting and unique story as interested onlookers and potential buyers stroll by. Fit for those who indulge and bargain hunters alike, the numerous types of markets can be enjoyed and visited by every kind of tourist with a curious appeal for a taste of the unknown gems each market holds. Italian goods are renowned for their quality, design and style, with every town offering unique craftsmanship. From Milan s peerless fashion designs to Como s silk and Cremona s violins; from the marble of Massa Carrara, Murano s timeless Venetian glassware and the genius of Piedmont s goldsmiths to Ravenna s mosaics and the ceramic beauties of Vietri sul Mare; Italy is a shopper s and gift-giver s wonderland where you always find more than you bargained for.

OPEN-AIR AND FLEA MARKETS

Roma

Firenze

Milano

Napoli

Bologna

Torino

Arezzo

Palermo

Deruta

Casale Monferrato

Genova

Arma di Taggia

Ferrara

Modena

Livorno

Lucca

Viareggio

Forte dei Marmi

Grosseto

Gubbio

Latina

Benevento

Cosenza

Catania

Messina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRADE FAIRS

Bari

Bologna

Genova

Milano

Parma

Rimini

Torino

Verona

Vicenza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAX-FREE SHOPPING IN ITALY (I.V.A. Refund)


 

OPEN-AIR MARKETS AND FLEA MARKETS  

 


ROMA     

 

 

Porta Portese. Every Sunday from 8 am to 2pm.

Via Sannio, near Piazza San Giovanni. Daily except Sunday till sundown.

Campo de' Fiori (daily except Sundays)

The day s freshest food produce and meats are the main attraction on this exuberant Roman piazza.

FIRENZE         

 

 

Piazza dei Ciompi. Opening hours are like the shops. Open all day on last Sunday of every month.

Piazza San Lorenzo (daily) Stroll this famous market specializing in clothing, souvenirs and leather goods.

Mercato Centrale (Mondays through Saturdays)

Steps from the Piazza San Lorenzo, this two-level indoor market features fragrant cheeses and fresh meats and a kaleidoscope of vegetables and fruit.

MILANO      

  

 Mercato Senigaglia, Via Calatafimi. Set by Navigli s charming canals, the numerous stands contain new and used articles from the ethnic and modern to the vintage and collectible Every Saturday from Sam to 7 pm.

Oh Bei! Oh Bei! Market, Piazza Sant'Ambrogio. From December 5 to 8 every year.

Mercato di Viale Papiniano (Tuesdays and Saturdays). This gigantic market hosts plenty of vendors hawking their wares, especially clothing and shoes.

NAPOLI      

 

 

Weekend Flea Market (in the Viale Dohrn of the Villa Comunale) Twice a month.

Crib Figurines Market (Via San Gregorio Armeno). Year round. 

Mercato di Antignano (Monday through Saturday) . Food, clothing and housewares await the eager shopper at this engaging marketplace, located in the Vomero district.

BOLOGNA        

La Piazzola (Piazza VIII Agosto). Friday and Saturday from 7 am till one hour before  sundown. Clothing, shoes and more are found at this labyrinthine shopper s paradise.

TORINO          

Porta Palazzo (Monday through Saturday)

This celebrated market, one of Europe s largest, is held in the Piazza della Repubblica, highlighted by a vast selection of delectable food items.

Gran Baloon (Second Sunday of each month)

The savvy collector will love this market of antique furniture, books, clothing and more, all from a time gone by.

AREZZO         

 

 

Antique Fair (Piazza Grande). The first Saturday and Sunday of each month (from Saturday morning to Sunday evening). Antique buffs will enthuse over the selections of collectible items and heirlooms.

Piazza Grande (first weekend of each month)

PALERMO       

 

Piazza Domenico Peranni. Daily from 9 am till sundown. Sunday and holidays till 1 pm.

La Vucciria (daily) An energetic, memorable market offering the finest food, including freshly caught fish from local waters. Perfect for preparing picnic lunches.

DERUTA    (Perugia)

     

 

Everyone wants to bring home a piece of Italy as a reminder of their travels. The hill town of Deruta, in Umbria, has been famed for its glazed and glossy majolica earthenware since the 15th and 16th centuries. Today s shopper will marvel at the elegant, vivid and regal pieces created in the workshops and bottegas by talented artisans.

CASALE MONFERRATO (Alessandria)

Antique Market. Saturdays and Sundays of the second week of each month, except August.

GENOVA         

Piazzetta Lavagna (oft Via Luccoli). Daily Monday to Friday (mornings and afternoons).

ARMA DI TAGGIA

(Imperia)  

Fourth Saturday and Sunday of the month.

FERRARA      

Piazza Iravaglio. Every Monday.

MODENA     

Via Corso Cavour - Viale Fontanelli - Viale Berengario. Monday from 8 am to 1 pm.

LIVORNO         

American Market, Piazza XX Settembre. Daily from 9 am to 7:30 pm.

LUCCA        

 

Piazza del Duomo and adjacent to Via del Battistero. Third Saturday and Sunday of each month, except on religious holidays

VIAREGGIO (Lucca)       

In Piazzetta near the dock. Thursday morning.

FORTE DEI MARMI  (Lucca)    

Piazza del Mercato. Wednesday morning from 8 am.

GROSSETO      

Piazza De Maria and a part beneath the walls. Every Thursday holiday or on the weekday  preceding a holiday.

GUBBIO (Perugia)  

Via Baldassini. Second Sunday of each month.

LATINA     

Via Quarto - Via Mugilla - Via Ardea - Via Sulmo. American Market every Tuesday from 8 am to 1:30 pm.

BENEVENTO     

Piazza Risorgimento and Piazza Santa Maria. Wednesday and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm.

COSENZA     

Via Lungo Crati De Seta. Everyday.

CATANIA      

Piazza Carlo Alberto. Daily except Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm.

MESSINA      

Via La Farina (at the intersection with Viale Europa). Daily during the morning hours.

Trade Fairs  

BARI         

Expolevante. Expolevante has become the most important exhibition dedicated to the activities of free time and vacation. Tourism, gastronomy, nautical, caravanning and camping, garden furnishings for villas and parks are the main attractions of this event. www.fieradellevante.it

BOLOGNA  



Motor Show Bologna International Car and Motorcycle Exhibition . On exhibit will be the manufacturers of car parts, accessories, electronic equipment, and mobile information. As has always been the tradition, visitors will be able to satisfy their passion by visiting vehicle exhibits and test-driving a variety of vehicles in the external areas available for product testing.
www.motorshow.it
Cosmoprof International Beauty Products www.cosmoprof.it
Lineapelle Fashion www.lineapelle-fair.it or www.bolognafiere.it

GENOA    

Fiera di Genova  www.fiera.ge.it
Genoa International Boat Show. A 100,000 square meters exhibition area, over 1,800 exhibitors and 2,000 boats. www.genoaboatshow.com

  MILANO          

Fiera Milano
www.fieramilano.com This avant-garde trade fair center marries record exhibition space and exceptional flexibility; the most advanced technological features and the well-being of visitors; the optimal utilization of space and esthetics. Fiera Milano has established the new qualitative, functional, technical and esthetic global standards for the industry. It has conquered the leadership position among the select group of major international trade fair organizations.  Fiera Milano features the largest and most advanced trade fair complex in the world: 345 thousand covered and 60 thousand open space for the new pavilions. www.fondazionefieramilano.it
Milanovendemoda www.milanovendemoda.expocts.it
MICAM: Footware Fair  www.micamonline.com
Smau
International Exhibition of ICT and Consumer Electronics. This is the premier ICT event in Italy and also ranks as the industry s second largest trade show internationally. The event is complemented by a comprehensive agenda of conferences and seminars. For presentation and discussion on new research projects, and for  networking activities between the most Important players in the ICT world.
www.smau.it or www.fieramilano.com

PARMA      

Fiere Parma www.fiereparma.it
Mercante in Fiera  Antiques, collectors items.
Cibus Roma Mediterranean Food Fair www.fiereparma.it

RIMINI

Rimini Fiera S.P.A. www.riminifiera.it
Fitness Expo and Rimini Wellness This has become a great sporting event of worldwide importance. The atmosphere of the festival is a truly unique international experience of musical events and many other events to participate in. A passion for quality of life has now become the mission of the Festival of Fitness. www.fierarimini.it

TORINO



International Book Fair 
This is one of the largest European Exhibitions comparable with London, Paris, Madrid and Leipzig. Last year there were almost 200,000 visitors and the Fair was held on the site of a 46,000 square meters bookshop. A free shuttle bus operates between the Torino Lingotto Station and the International Book Fair. Another shuttle service will connect Piazza Castello to the Fair, stopping off at Via Nizza and Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
www.fieralibro.it
UNESCO has also given Turin the prize of World Book Capital 2006.
www.fieralibro.it

 VERONA      

Fiere Verona www.veronafiere.it
Vinitaly. This is one of the largest world events about wine - there will be more than 4000 exhibitors from 30 different countries spread over a 74.000 square meters space. Major wine producers will be present from the USA, Argentina, South Africa, Spain and Hungary. All the Italian regions will also be represented. www.vinitaly.com
Abitare il Tempo.  See the latest in quality interior design and décor. www.abitareiltempo.com

VICENZA    

Vicenza Fiere www.vicenzafiera.it
Vicenza Oro
Vicenza is one of the most important centers in the world for jewelery and these are the most important exhibitions during the year. A good website for International listings of Trade fairs is:
www.expofairs.com 

     

 

TAX-FREE SHOPPING IN ITALY (I.V.A. Refund)

 

The tax (VAT) on the purchases you make in Italy can be 20%, 10% or 4%, depending on what kind of goods you are buying, and it is included in the sales price. All visitors residing outside of the European Union are entitled to claim back the tax, if they spend 154,94 Euro (VAT included) or more in one shop in one day (except accommodations, dining or tourist services).

The goods need to be exported within three months plus the month of purchase. Example: If you make your purchases on April 10th, you must leave the country no later than July 31st.

The goods purchased and the relevant invoice must be shown at the Customs of exit from the E.U. territory. The Customs office, after having ascertained that all the requirements are met endorses the invoice. Note that the goods must be shown at the customs office: if the traveler intends to carry them by plane, he must go to the Customs office to declare them before checking in the baggage.

The refund is made directly by the Italian seller according to the terms agreed with the buyer when the goods were purchased (for example, by credit into a bank account, credit card, checks, etc.). Alternatively, there are some TAX-FREE companies that can grant immediate VAT cash refund when the goods leave the Italian or Community territory, i.e. without the passenger to return the invoice to the seller: however you can use this procedure only at the most important airports or Customs borders.  For further information

www.italiantourism.com/money.html

      

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