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A Guide to Rome for Shopping Trips
There's more to Rome than churches and cathedrals, and since it wasn't built in a day, you shouldn't expect to see all there is to see in a day. Shopping in Rome is an experience to be enjoyed over a few days so you can be sure to get the best bargains.

Tourists that come from outside Europe (i.e. non-resident non-Europeans) can get a refund of Value Added Tax. This amount can range from 12% to 35% and the purchase amount must exceed EUR 155, all spent in the same store. Only certain stores offer this feature so be sure to look for a sign in the window that indicates it is tax free.

Either the refund is provided at the store or you would need to apply at the Customs Office of the Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport of Fiumicino. You can also apply by post. The purchased items must be in their original boxes, and you should carry all relevant receipts. The application procedure at the airport may take a while, so it is advisable to get an early start.

When walking through Rome, take a stroll down the Via dei Coronari for a glimpse at antique stores and galleries. October and May are special months where an antique fair is held every year on this street. Even if you don't buy anything, it's well worth the trip to browse through and see what's available.

Markets are to be found scattered throughout Rome. The Sunday flea market is hugely popular, and items from all over the world can be found at the Porta Portese Piazza. Whether you need jewelry, clothes, toys, or books, you'll likely find something that interests you here at a huge bargain. Don't forget to barter as the cost of items is usually fully negotiable. Similar markets like the Via Sannio near San Giovanni are open throughout the week.

If you prefer the convenience (and air conditioned comfort) of a mall, then head to the Gallerina Alberto Sordi. All manner of items are sold here, including chocolate, music, and books. Since many goods are imported, do check labels for production location if you want an authentic Italian product. At the heart of the mall is a bar and café to relax after a long day of shopping.

For jewellery lovers, Via Condotti is home to the famous Italian jeweller Bvlgari. The products on offer range from Italian jewellery to perfumes, leather handbags, and silk scarves.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Rome accommodation and vacation accommodation worldwide.
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