Everything You Need To Know About Shopping In Verona
One may get a little jealous looking at Italians, the way they dress, love their food and live an adventurous life. If you have decided to visit Verona, you are one step closer to feeling like one.
Art, fashion, and food are an integral part of Italian's everyday life and in Verona, there is nothing but class and luxury. Shopping in Verona is all about style, elegance, designer clothes, and everything your heart desires. But if you are traveling on a shoestring budget, don't despair. There are plenty of flea markets and outlets offering great deals all year long.
Before you start spending your hard-earned money, don't forget to drop your belongings at our safe luggage locker in Verona. This way you will have your hands free to carry just a good number of shopping bags filled with lots of goodies.
Le Corti Venete
Located 10 minutes from the historic center is one of the most modern shopping centres in Verona, Le Corti Venete. It houses 70 shops and services selling merchandise for any age and every budget. You will find brands like Zara, H&M and Bata selling clothing, shoes and accessories, but also Sportler if you need sportswear, Euronics for electronics, and many more.
Even the market IPER - Le Grande is located inside the mall with an excellent variety of food and beverages at great prices, especially pasta. Customers can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi anywhere in the mall. You will also find a great food court with plenty of food options and a cute playground area for the youngest visitors.
If you want to avoid the crowds, it is best to visit on a Sunday.
Location: Viale del Commercio, 1, 37036 San Martino Buon Albergo VR, Italy
Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 am-9 pm & Sunday 9 am-8 pm
La Grande Mela Shoppingland
Much like all Italians, Veronese people love to dress well, and most do their shopping in the city malls. Another shopping centre you should take a trip to on your stay in Verona is La Grande Mela. This mall looks more like a theme park from the outside.
With plenty of stores, small boutiques, restaurants, snack bars, coffee shops, a large market and even a cinema and a gaming room, the mall attracts tourists of any age. If you are traveling with children, there is a large entertainment zone on the 3rd floor where the entire family can have a little fun in the Grand Canyon Disco Bowling.
There are over 120 shops selling a mix of merchandise starting from home accessories and furniture to fashion clothes, jewelry and shoes. Most popular brands include Swarovski, Timberland, Benetton, Intimissimi, Diamonds&Co and Foot Locker. The largest stores are Comet, selling anything from electronic and household appliances and Pittorelo with trendy shoes and accessories for the entire family. The largest retail area is reserved for OBI, a gardening, home and building center.
Location: Via Trentino, 1, 37060 Sona VR, Italy
Hours: Monday - Sunday 9 am-9 pm
Grand'Affi Shopping Center
Located near Bardolino on Lake Garda, at the Autostrada exit, you will find a not-so-popular mall, but a very important shopping place for the area. If you happen to be in this area, you can check it out on a rainy day. The mall opened its doors in 1995 and originally had only 40 shops. In 2013 a new level was added with 43 more stores as well as an underground car park.
There is a large variety of goods, and brand names like Sephora, Tezenis, Tally Weijl, Stroili Oro, Pelicano, OBI, Motivi, Mancini Sport, and more! You will also find a food court with a good choice of food, plenty of eating spots, including a bakery, but coffee stops too. There is a large market that sometimes has great deals on cheese, wine and local food like pasta.
Prices are reasonable, a little less than what you will find in the city centre.
Location: Località Canove, 1, 37010 Affi VR, Italy
Hours: Monday - Sunday 9 am-9 pm
One of the main shopping streets is Via Mazzini, the road that connects the city's main squares Piazza Bra and Piazza Erbe. Walking along this narrow pedestrian street you will find designer stores, bookstores, souvenirs and grocery shops aligned on both sides. Locals and tourists alike come here to purchase Italian wine and local food, but also leather goods, silk, accessories, clothing, or to grab a bite at one of the many eateries, so the street can get really busy, especially in the summer.
Famous brands you will find on Via Giuseppe Mazzini are Italian designers Armani, Gucci, and Dolce and Gabbana, but also French designers Coco Chanel and Louis Vuitton, and other international brands like Benetton, and of course smaller specialty boutiques. Walking on the marble floor adds to the high-end shopping. Everyone wanting to feel classy on their stay in Verona should definitely take a walk along Via Mazzini. If you are not a fashionista, stop by one of the gelato shops and enjoy people watching.
Corso Santa Anastasia
If you are a luxury shopper you will be thrilled shopping on Corso Santa Anastasia. It is a famous street in the historic center known for the most luxurious and expensive stores in Verona. See everything from international haute couturiers to Italian designers, chocolate boutiques with several renowned Italian chocolatiers, to antique shops and art galleries.
What you will find are brand names like Please, Verona, Momoni Verona, The Merchant of Venice (perfume store), Ferrario, Gastronomia, Marsel Verona, Etnie Verona (jewelry store), Modern British-NPS Solovair (shoe store), Mondadori (bookstore), the FLEXX Flagship store and many, many more! Make sure your credit card is loaded, as there will be plenty of shopping for all those big spenders out there.
Other Famous Shopping Streets in Verona
The best shopping in Verona is concentrated on the main streets located in the historic center. The good part is that they are all close and connected. You won't go wrong if you find yourself standing or walking on any of the following streets: Via Pellicciai, Via Cappello, Via Roma, Corso Porta Borsari and Corso Sant’Anastasia.
There is something to find at any corner, be it eyewear, fashion clothing, art, bags, shoes, purses, wallets, souvenirs, and of course Italian wines.
Outlets and Department Stores
Franciacorta Outlet Village
Luckily for Italian fashionistas and travelers on a budget, there are a handful of outlets in Verona featuring designer names at great prices. One such place is located about an hour ride from Verona, 40 minutes from Milan, close to Brescia Montichiari Airport, the Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, and the Verona Villafranca Airport. It is a perfect day trip especially if you are going to visit Lake Garda, Brescia or Bergamo.
This outlet is not your typical outlet center. It is built as a village and it will make your day worthwhile. There are over 190 stores including your favorite Tommy Hilfiger, LEVIS, Adidas, Nike, Calvin Klein, and many more stores selling anything from street fashion, furniture and perfumes to home goods and accessories of up to 70% discount all year round.
Top-notch eateries and coffee shops are scattered all around the outlet village including Pablito Bar, Poke House, EAT IT by COFFEA, Caffe Vergnano 1882 and of course, McCafe-McDonald's.
Location: Piazza Cascina Moie, 1/2, 25050 Rodengo-Saiano BS, Italy
Hours: Monday - Sunday 10 am-8 pm
Fashion District Mantova Outlet
In less than an hour's drive from Verona, to the south, there is another outlet village. This place is conveniently located on the main highway that connects Bologna, Verona and Venice. It boasts vibrant architecture inspired by the beautiful historic city of Mantua.
Ideal for frugal shoppers, the Fashion District Mantova Outlet is one of the most famous in the area, selling high-quality designer names with prices up to 80% off. If you are looking for bargains on sportswear brands like Nike, Adidas and Champion, or high street fashion brands like Guess and Benetton, this is the perfect place. But don't expect to find haute couture designers like Gucci, Prada and Versace.
In addition to the many stores, there are top-notch restaurants, kid's play zones and lots of fun activities that will make your trip to Mantova Village exciting for the entire family.
Location: Via Marco Biagi, 46031 Bagnolo San Vito MN, Italy
Hours: Monday - Sunday 10 am-8 pm
Upim is a nine-story department store that is home to all kinds of brands but famous ones. Located on Via Capello, near Juliet's House, this is the ultimate department store for everyone visiting Verona. Founded in 1928, this store in the centre of the city has been a big part of local's everyday life for nearly a century.
It is an ideal place for families shopping style for reasonable prices. From kids' clothing, man's and woman's fashion, cosmetics and homeware to souvenirs and bags, Upim is one of the best shopping places in the city worth spending your money in. It is open Monday to Sunday from 9 am till 8 pm.
La Bottega Art & Chocolate
This is not an outlet nor a department store – it's a lot different than that. La Bottega Art and Chocolate is set on Vicolo Cavalletto, near Piazza delle Erbe, and is a must-visit chocolate boutique in Verona. For all those with a sweet tooth, this is the only place in Verona worth getting your daily sugar fix at. From truffles and pralines from famous Italian chocolatiers like Venchi and Domori, not only you will get chocolates, but you'll get art in a chocolate too.
The most popular treats are their strawberry truffles in the summer and pumpkin pralines in the fall. While visiting, stop by the shop that serves coffee, and order a delicious latte to go with your chocolate dessert. This sweet treasure in the city centre is open every day of the week, starting at 7.30 am Monday to Friday, and 9 am on the weekends and stays open till midnight except for Wednesdays when it closes the doors at 3. 30 pm.
Piazza delle Erbe
Placed on Piazza delle Erbe there is an outdoor daily market that sells anything from herbs, antiques, unique jewelry, vintage items, old paintings, books and everything you don't get to see in the malls. Prices are reasonable, particularly for tourists who love buying their souvenirs from this colorful market in the heart of Verona. If you happen to be on Piazza delle Erbe on Saturday morning, you will also find a large flea market situated in the football stadium that is open from 8 am-2 pm.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 8 am-6 pm
Piazza San Zeno
If you are looking for more bargains in Verona, head to Piazza San Zeno where every third Saturday of the month you will find a huge flea market where you can spend your money on antique jewelry, vintage clothes, postcards, stamps, and even vintage cars.
While Verona is not Milan when it comes to high end shopping, it certainly has everything a tourist like you needs during your stay in the city. From one side of Ponte Pietra to the other, exciting shops await. Look for fine lines, try on luxury clothing, or peruse the bargains in the markets and on small streets. Flying into Verona Airport? Prepare your shopping list as you descend!