Shopping in Italy: High-End Fashion at Low-End Cost
Miss Italia Shopping at Sorelle Ramonda
The Ultimate High-End Outlet Shopping Experience
Having lived in Italy for a number of years, one of my favorite places to shop was the super high-end outlet malls called Sorelle Ramonda.
I can not say enough that this one shopping mecca you will not want to miss! From haute-couture names such as Armani to Zanetti ... you will not be disappointed.
I remember the first shopping experience that I ever had at the outlet. I can imagine the Italian retail clerks walking the floors, snickering to themselves as I went crazy through the loaded racks. I walked away with a beautiful pair of tailored Piu Piu white trousers with a retail rate of about $140 but paid about $5 in Euro currency. Of course, that was about ten years ago, but I'm pretty sure you can find the same deals today because most of the outlet's fashion is over-stock, slightly out-dated, and ranging from a few months to a few years behind current trending.
Of course, this does not matter.
Most Italian fashion is five years ahead of the industry trends, and what you buy today is still in style tomorrow! I have to admit I still have this pair of white trousers, hanging in my closet. Unfortunate that I can no longer fit into those slacks!
The location of the outlet in which I used to shop was also the main headquarters of Sorelle Ramonda, located in Alte Di Montecchio Maggiore (near the cosmopolitan cities of Verona and Vicenza), but now there many more location spread out across northern Italy. Here's a list of some of those locations in the Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige Regions:
ALTE DI MONTECCHIO MAGGIORE (HEADQUARTERS)
36075 - Viale Trieste 45 (VI) Tel.+39 0444491777
Monday: 3.30pm - 7.45pm Tuesday-Friday: 9.15am-12.45pm and 3.30pm-7.45pm Saturday: 9.15am - 7.30pm
39100 - Via Galileo Galilei 20 (BZ) Tel.+39 0471919763
Monday-Saturday: 9.00AM - 8.00PM EVERY SUNDAY: 10.00AM - 7.00PM
31100 - Viale della Repubblica 264 (TV) Tel.+39 0422303780
Monday: 3.30pm - 7.30pm Tuesday-Saturday: 9.00am-12.30pm and 3.30pm-7.30pm
The Best Discount Italian Shoe Warehouse
DSW Shoe Warehouse ... eat your heart out!
There is no comparison - hands down - anywhere with the likes of the Pitarello Shoe Warehouse.
With a wide assortment of affordable Italian manufactured shoes, selling Women, Men, and Childrens footwear along with a bevy of accessories such as purses, belts, scarves, and sunglasses.
It's not hard to find the Pitarello. Unlike the Sorelle Ramonda outlets, the Pitarello is located just about everywhere throughout Italy:
Jesolo Lido (VE) Piazza Torino, 13
tele# 0421/961953 Mon-Sun 09.30 - 12.30, 16.00 - 23.00 / April to September (Located near Venice)
Roma (RM) Via Tiburtina tele# 1109 - 1111 Mon-Fri 09.00 - 20.00 / Sat-Sun 09.00 - 20.30
Verona (VR) Corso Milano, 221
tele# 045/575777 Mon 15.00 - 19.30 / Mar-Sept 9.30 - 12.30 e 15.30 - 19.30 / Sat 9.00 - 19.30 / Sun* 9.30 - 12.30 e 15.30 - 19.00
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The Victoria's Secret of Italy
Intimissi is the premier lingerie boutique to shop for things that are naughty and nice.
Though a bit high-end, no more so than what you would pay for at a Victoria's Secret store here in the United States. From frilly lace to sateen and velvet, this store has a beautiful line of intimate wear.
Since its inception, the lingerie store has gone from just selling lingerie to incorporating women's clothing and accessories, as well. You will find that the Italian retail clerks are more attentive and helpful to your needs than anywhere else.
You can find Instimissi located everywhere throughout Italy, and on a surprising note, the boutique has made its debut in Columbus, at the Ohio Easton Town Center, the only of its kind in the United States.
Galleria Pattari, 2. M1-M3 Duomo. Open Mon-Sun 10 am - 8pm T:+39.02.89013705
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