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Rome

sales & bargains


OIL AND VINEGAR
What to Get
A bottle of first-press olive oil or aged balsamic vinegar.
Where to Get It
Roscioli, the Zabar’s of Rome. Via dei Giubbonari, 21–23; 39-06-687-5287.
What You'll Save
20% to 40% Anywhere from $5 to $50. That is, if they even sell the brand you’re after at Zabar’s.

LEATHER
What to Get
Handmade accessories without fancy labels.
Where to Get It
The briefcases and belts at Alfonsi Dario (Via dei Chiavari, 40–41) are made on the premises, and the proprietor is open to suggestions if you can’t find one you like.
What You'll Save
N/A You can’t find this stuff in New York.

CLOTHING
What to Get
Anything from the heavy hitters—Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Armani.
Where to Get It
Unfortunately, you’ll have to brave the hordes on Via Condotti.
What You'll Save
20% A Prada suit for 1,300 euros (or $1,560) is $1,700 on Fifth Avenue. On top of that, you get an additional refund when you send in your VAT form.

FURNITURE
What to Get
A hundred-year-old Tuscan canopy bed or dining-room table and chairs.
Where to Get It
At any of a dozen antique-furniture stores on Via Giulia or Via dei Coronari.
What You'll Save
10% to 30% Even including the 500 euros it will cost to ship it back, the furniture will run 10 to 30 percent cheaper than similar stuff at ABC Carpet & Home.

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