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Tour Description

  • 8 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

The Italian tradition of aperitivo is one of our favourites; bars in cities across Italy serve drinks and cocktails along with a delicious buffet in the evenings – perfect for refuelling after a hard day’s retail therapy. With some of the Europe’s finest shopping cities, shopping and aperitivo in Italy are a match made in heaven. This suggested itinerary includes two nights in Turin, two nights in Milan and three nights in Florence.

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At a glance
  • Turin - 2 nights
  • Milan - 2 nights
  • Florence - 3 nights

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Turin

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Map of Day 1: UK to Turin

Touch down in Turin, a beautiful baroque city set against the backdrop of the Italian Alps. Check in to your hotel and get straight down to the shopping. Turin has more than 11 miles of elegant, arcaded sidewalks, grand piazzas and charming little cafes to duck into for a quick caffeine hit. For high-end boutique shopping, head to the stunning arcaded Via Roma for the best designer labels.

 

On your first evening, it’s time to try aperitivo. Milan may have popularised this most Italian tradition, but it’s said to have originated in Turin a couple of centuries ago. A kind of happy hour, it typically takes place in bars between 7 and 9pm, with drinks and light snacks to keep you going until a late dinner.

 

Aperitivo varies from bar to bar, ranging from olives and crisps to full buffets with pizza and pasta. Order an Aperol spritz or glass of wine and enjoy, just don’t fill up too much – Turin is the home of Italy’s slow food movement, so dinners are likely to be delicious.

Day 2: Turin

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Map of Day 2: Turin

There’s plenty more shopping to be done on day two; today, explore Via Po and Via Garibaldi, one of Europe’s longest pedestrianised streets. Little side streets peel away from the main drag, filled with craft shops, workshops and more authentic, local stores. Turin loves its chocolate so make sure to stop in at one of the many chocolatiers to pick up some souvenirs. 

 

Don’t leave Turin without a wander around the fabulous Galleria Subalpina, the city’s 19th-century shopping arcade. With its signature glass roof flooding the arcade with light, its interesting shops, galleries and flower features span three floors, linking Turin’s beautiful Piazza Castello and Piazza Carlo Alberto.

On your final night, make it a Torino classic; the city is the birthplace of vermouth, including the most famous kind – Martini. We recommend an Italian favourite, Negroni, as part of tonight’s aperitivo. 

Day 3: Turin – Milan

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Map of Day 3: Turin – Milan

There’s just time to squeeze in one more bicerin (Turin’s favourite drink, which is layered with espresso, chocolate and cream) before you catch the train to Milan, which takes a little under an hour.

 

Milan is Italy’s most famous fashion capital, the Italian leg of Fashion Week is held here twice a year. It’s also the iconic aperitif city, with Milanese and tourists all gathering at hotspots throughout the city to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Our Citalia Concierge, Luisa, recommends stopping at N’Ombre de Vin in the Brera Quarter – they have a happy hour every Thursday, which is very popular with locals.

Day 4: Milan

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The historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is one of the finest shopping destinations in Italy. Named for the first king of Italy and opened in 1867, it’s one of the world’s oldest shopping malls; a majestic four-storey arcade filled with the likes of Gucci, Prada and Versace.

 

The Corso Como complex is one of the city’s shopping and aperitivo hotspots, with boutiques selling clothing, art and books clustered around quiet courtyards.  Walk through the neoclassical arches into the new Porta Nuova quarter, and stop for aperitivo at Zaini Milano (order a glass of Lambrusco and fill up on gourmet canapes).

Day 5: Milan – Florence

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Map of Day 5: Milan – Florence

On your final day in Milan, plan a detour to the romantic Nivigli neighbourhood for a final wander around the shops, and stop for a cappuccino and crêpe at local favourite Gelacreperia. Don't forget to admire it's famous cathedral before catching your train to Florence (just under two hours away). On arrival, seek out a city bar for your first Florentine aperitivo – we love Colle Bereto, on Piazza degli Strozzi. 

Days 6: Florence

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Florence is undoubtedly one of the best places to shop in Italy. Sleep off last night’s aperitivo – the shops don’t typically open until 10am. Splash some cash around the Palazzo Pitti – it’s surrounded by little streets filled with independent shops. Sdrucciolo dei Pitti is a good spot for fashion and antiques.

 

If you want to bring home some souvenirs, Florence is well-known for its leather goods. The San Lorenzo neighbourhood has an outdoor market with vendors selling Italian leather jackets, handbags and accessories. 

Day 7: Florence

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Fashionistas should make a beeline for the Gucci Museum, situated in the heart of Florence in the beautiful Piazza della Signoria. The museum details Guccio Gucci’s brand rise to one of the world’s leading creators of luxury goods, from sports equipment to fashion and jewellery. After, head to la Rinascente on Piazza della Repubblica. This long-established department store stocks a host of famous designer goods and has a great rooftop café where you can take a quick break and enjoy some fantastic views.

 

Lesser-known Oltrarno sits just across the River Arno, and is a good place to find artisanal workshops, jewellery shops and antiques. While you’re in the neighbourhood, take a stroll through the beautiful Boboli Gardens, Florence’s famous green lung.

 

For your final night in this aperitivo-loving city, treat yourself to an evening at the beautiful Grand Hotel Baglioni. Its roof terrace restaurant has views across the city skyline and Duomo, and in summer it offers a fantastic aperitivo daily from 6.30pm. 

Day 8: Florence - UK

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Map of Day 8: Florence - UK

On your last day in Florence, there’s just time to squeeze in a few essential sights before you say arrivederci. Art lovers, we can book you onto a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery take you around the highlights; alternatively, if you only have time for one, make it the Academia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David.

 

For your final farewell, visit Florence’s icon – its breathtaking gothic cathedral. Scale the heights of its world-renowned Duomo (well worth the 400-odd steps) for the finest views in the city. After a final espresso, wave goodbye to Florence – it’s time to return home with all your extra suitcases… 

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Flight Information

The majority of international flights arrive into Turin-Caselle airport (TRN), which is approximately 30 minutes by car and 20 mintues by train from the centre of Turin. Direct flights are available from Bristol, Leeds, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.