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Shopping And Sports The Italian Way

January 4, 2010 by Travel Guide  
Filed under Activities, Shopping

Italy is one of the best places to visit and see because of its rich culture and colorful history. It’s a place in which you can enjoy numerous hours browsing bazaars and shopping or engaging into fun filled sports activities. Read on and take a peek on how you can experience shopping and sports the Italian way!

See Native Handicrafts and Go Shopping

In Italy you can find a lot of outdoor markets. However, what makes outdoor markets in Italy different is their liveliness. They are also eclectic and most of all challenging. You can find wide array of goods being sold in the market, ranging from worthless knickknacks up to precious works of art. As a visitor, you are welcome and encouraged to bargain in either Italian or English.

Florence, Milan and Rome offer you fine leathers in the trade, while Como puts beautiful silk in the bag, whilst Rome and Spoleto offers truffles to complete the package. Additionally, whether it’s a tiny village you are visiting or a city, it doesn’t really matter since for sure you can find various clothing, antiques, woodcarvings, lace, embroidery, silver and gold jewelries, alabaster and marble, ceramics, glass, food products, and wines. If you’ll be going to Vatican City, you can purchase postage stamps and other religious products.

Italy is also popular for its designer fashion, but other than expensive boutiques, you can still find beautiful clothing in local and small shops. If you still prefer branded clothing, but find it too heavy on the pocket, then you can also visit factory outlets, which offer you just the right mix of class and budget. One good buy would be custom-made suits, also shoes that are made of the finest leathers in Italy’s are considered to be enviable items to bring home.

Go Skiing

Skiing is one popular sport in Italy. The Italian Alps houses resorts that offer high class facilities which can even compete with what its neighboring countries such as France, Austria, and Switzerland has to offer. Italy’s major resorts include Sauze d’Oulx, Bardonecchia, and Sestriere, which was the setting of the Winter Olympic Games 2006. The Piemonte region offers Courmayeur, Cervinia, and La Thuile situated in the Aosta Valley.

The region near the Swiss border off to the east is quite isolated yet still accessible through long, winding roads which could be treacherous during bad weather. Although driving could be quite difficult around the Dolomites, it all seems worth it once you see the beautiful scenery, which makes it one of Italy’s primary skiing destinations.

The major resorts in the area include the well-known Cortina D’Ampezzo, Selva/Sella Ronda and Madonna di Campiglio. Skiing is not only done in the outskirts of Italy, it is also possible in the central portion where you can find resorts such as Campo Imperatore (Abruzzo), and Abetone (Toscana).

Other Sports

Other than skiing, there are also a lot of water sports that you can engage to in Italy. In fact, all kinds of water sports are available from river rafting, fishing, diving, sailing and windsurfing. If you want something more extreme, then you can go climb up the Dolomite peaks, which a lot of climbers enjoy doing. If you?re not into extreme kind of sports, you can always play a laid back game of golf in Italy’s first-class golf courses.

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