The Via Mazzini Verona is the city’s main shopping street, and just as no trip to Italy would be complete without visiting a church or indulging in local cuisine, a trip also wouldn’t be complete without a little shopping. A stroll along Via Mazzini is bound to result in some purchases, and ones you will treasure for years to come. Locals and visitors alike consider this to be the best place in the city to shop, with options for many budgets and desires. This pedestrianized road offers the ideal atmosphere for Verona shopping. Without the interruption of cars or motorcycles, it is possible to browse for jewelry, clothes, and souvenirs in peace.
An afternoon spent shopping along Via Mazzini Verona will often result in some traditional Italian purchases. If you want to buy a big pair of sunglasses or killer designer handbag, you are in the right place. Other stores include well-known clothing brands, souvenirs, jewelry, and more. While this road offers the heart of Verona shopping, there are also roads near by worth exploring including Via Roma and Via Capello. If you’re looking for a marketplace to do a little browsing, nothing beats Piazza delle Erbe. Here you will find a variety of spices, clothing, souvenirs, and more.
There are some rules for Verona shopping that visitors should be aware of. Many stores are closed on Mondays, so don’t plan on Monday being a major shopping day. In recent years, some shops have taken to opening on Monday afternoons only, but don’t count on every shop being open during this time. The regular schedule for stores to be open is from Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 am to 7:30 pm with a long break for lunch. This is a reminder to visitors to get on the local schedule. If you begin your day early, and join the Italians for a long lunch, you won’t even notice that the shops are closed for period in the early afternoon.
There are further rules if you plan on visiting the markets of Verona. The old adage that the early bird catches the worm is definitely true here. Markets open around 7 am and early birds get the best bargains. Don’t be surprised if most marketplaces are quiet by around 1pm in the afternoon. This is when you will get a real glimpse into Italian life, as locals mill around stalls to purchase cheese, sausage, fish, and more. Don’t be afraid to get involved and try some of the local produce yourself as well. Most items have prices marked, but watch the locals to see how they barter.
If your idea of Verona shopping is more about designer clothes than fresh vegetables, then stick to Via Mazzini Verona. Browsing first in several stores will help you to get an idea of the price, quality, and variety on offer. Savvy travelers also ask the staff at their Verona hotels for recommendations on stores, especially if you’re looking for a specific product. Don’t forget to bring home some souvenirs for loved ones as well. There are many stores along Via Mazzini that will provide something much more memorable than your average t-shirt or refrigerator magnet.
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