Gift Guide: Shopping in Italy


Shopaholics thrive on fresh new hunting grounds, so why not send your fave addict on a fabulous shopping tour designed especially for fashionistas who live to travel?  "The outlets are bursting with merchandise just waiting for that savvy shopper to snap them up, explains Deborah Mayer, President of Shop Around Tours which specializes in stylish shopping tours of Italy. "People are especially warm and delighted to see us. Of course, it helps that we're spending quite a bit and shoring up the economy in a way only truly dedicated shoppers and lovers of beautiful luxury accessories and clothes can."

As lovers of the best, your lucky recipient will definitely appreciate the four-star accommodations in each city...but what about fellow shoppers?  "Our demographic is really all over the map," says Mayer. "People find us because they share a common appreciation for the beautifully crafted merchandise Italy is known for world over."

The deets:


Shop Around Italy Shopping Tour: $2,595 for an eight-night trip inclusive of four-star hotels in Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome; roundtrip air from New York; ground transportation; priceless behind-the-scenes tours.

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- Lesley Scott

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