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    Outdoor Market: Goods from the region

    by icunme Updated Dec 31, 2007

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    It was just great fun shopping here - the best of the region was assembled in lovely little wooden concession stands.

    What to buy: I found intricate carved wooden toys for the kids back home - and some cozy washable woolen slippers for myself. Could not resist the meats, cheeses, lake fish, nuts and dried fruit.

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    Santa fills his sleigh here!

    by icunme Written Dec 4, 2007

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    The lovliest handcrafts and wonderful delicacies from the surrounding area can be had here. Local vendors are joyfully displaying their items in wooden A-shaped booths decorated with Christmas lights.

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    Como's outdoor flea market

    by icunme Written Nov 10, 2007

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    What was once a charming outdoor marketplace has turned into a hodge-podge flea market - with vendors packed into the space along the historic wall - most of what you will see is from China. We are subjected to this 3 times a week, including Saturdays.
    Venture inside the historic center and, if your timing is good, you will find local vendors with delicacies and art works in Piazza Mercante and perhaps in Piazza Cavour. Vendors from Trento displayed products from their region in little wooden concession stands with A-shaped roofs the first weekend in November.

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    Around the stadium: Football souvenirs

    by Calcio Written Dec 19, 2004

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    I'm not sure if there still is the possibility to buy souvenirs as scarves and matchshirts outside the stadium i Como.
    When they were playing in Serie A you could buy everything you wanted there, although I found it's quite much more expensive than in other italian cities, maybe except for Torino.

    When I was there, in 2003, there were at least 2-3 wagons from where you could buy all kinds of souvenirs. But check to price, maybe you could find it cheaper in other towns, although it could be hard to find Como-souvenirs in another city than just Como.

    What to pay: 10-12 euro for a scarfe, a bit more for a shirt.

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    la tessitura: Silk! What Else Would You Expect?

    by tpal Written Nov 4, 2004

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    To me shopping is often more about the experience than the bargains. This probably helps explains why I don't buy much. If you have ever shopped in Filene's Basement then you'll understand when I say, "I don't have much patience for "deals at any hardship" shopping." This place I liked!
    Called "la tessitura", this a wonderful silk shop. Their products include women's and men's clothing but also bedding, housewares and a great collection of what they call experimental or conceptual products. The quality of everything seemed superb albeit not cheap, but it truly was the experience that made it worth while. The building is a renovated textile mill. The original mill's clearstory windows were keep inplace as was much of the original timber structural members. The merchandising scheme was very sophisticated and the continuous full wall video projection gave it very avant guard feeling. The cafe pictured in the foreground of my photo was not open yet but it looked complete, ready to go and just as stylish as their silks.

    What to pay: Probably fair prices for truly unique items.

    Silky style!

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    market: market bargains

    by Flamegirl Written May 22, 2004

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    All day Saturday, or on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, you can wander around the main local market. Most of it trails in an L-shape around the edge of the old city walls, completely taking over the wide pavements. You can buy food, shoes, clothes, accessories (I've got bags for good prices), cosmetics and toiletris, household cooking and cleaning items and much more.

    I haven't noticed haggling as a routine practice, but you might be able to get a reduction, especially from the African sellers who tend to be more chatty.

    Do take care of your personal belongings, as pickpockets and opportunistic thieves may take advantage of any carelessness.

    Piazza Vittoria, Como

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    Outdoor Market: Local Vendors

    by icunme Written Nov 13, 2007

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    Now, this is more like it - a charming group of local vendors in Piazza Cavour - the exhibit of hand made wood items was especially lovely.

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    One of the oldest fancy cakes shops of the city

    by d_d Written Jan 25, 2003

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    Belli is one of the oldest fancy cakes shops of the city. It's nice to stay and eat something here or also just for a coffe.
    it's a bit expensive.

    Belli's window

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