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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Rome by Reid Bramblett, Jeffrey Kennedy

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Shopping Tips

NOTE

For shopping areas in Rome see Shopping Streets

  1. Shop Hours

    Most shops follow normal business hours and open at 8–9am, shut for lunch until 3–4pm, and close around 6–8pm. In tourist areas and at larger stores, the lunch break (riposo) is slowly disappearing in favour of orario continuato (open all day).

  2. Haggling

    Expected in markets (see Top 10 Markets), but hardly ever in shops. Many market stall-holders now hail from Middle Eastern countries where bargaining is an art form, so be ready to do the full ritual, including acting less and less interested, while the merchant acts ever more offended and claims he can go no lower. He will not sell it for less than a profit, so any price agreed upon is acceptable.

  3. VAT Refunds

    Italy’s ...

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