Shopping in Tuscany,Italy – Practical Info: Le nostre “lezioni sul campo” (lessons on the field) during shopping tours give the opportunity to practice your Italian if you wish to.
We already had a “lesson in pills” about “Fare la spesa in Italiano”
Today we want to give you some practical info in case you decide to venture among shops while in Tuscany
Coming from different countries, you surely are going to find many differences, starting from opening and closing times. This is particularly true for small cities and towns that have a more relaxed attitude towards shopping, business hours and the whole approach in general.
Most shops in the main cities are open from 9 or 10 AM to 1 PM, and 3,30-7,30PM. However, in the main streets and in Summer, many shops remain open all day (Orario Continuato) . Sundays are optional and usually outside the central itineraries, shops are closed. In very touristic places or at the seaside, of course, on Sunday you find almost everything open.
Monday mornings though, in Autumn, Winter and Spring are often closed while, in Summer, you may find some shops closed on Saturday afternoons instead.
Hairdressers– Parrucchieri: Traditionally closed on Mondays. LUNEDI chiuso.
In summer in the cities they also often close from Saturday afternoon until Tuesday, as all the locals are off to the beaches. Do plan your appointments carefully if you need to.
CHIUSO is the world for closed, and APERTO for open. Chiuso may be followed on the window sign by CHIUSO per Sciopero (strike), per Ferie (holidays), or you may see TORNO SUBITO (back soon)
Tuscan and Italian cities in general, come to a halt on some specific dates: January 1st and 6th (Epifania) , Easter Sunday (Domenica di Pasqua) and Monday (Lunedi di Pasquetta), April 25th (Anniversario Liberazione dell’Italia) , May 1st (Festa del Lavoro), August 15th (Ferragosto), December 8th (Immacolata Concezione), 25th and 26th (Natale e Santo Stefano).
During these particular days keep in mind that also means of transport will have different hours and some will be discontinued. So be prepared to go…andare a piedi, a great idea to explore anyway!