Before we left on our vacation, I had been looking at motorcycles to see what I wanted to purchase to replace my Scarabeo which had begun to breakdown. One of the product lines I looked at was Aprilia and specifically, the Mana. So while in Vicenza, not only did I visit the Ducati dealer, but also stopped by the Aprilia dealer. Obtained lots of great information and looked into buying over there and then shipping to the U.S. Didn't do that, but once we returned to the U.S., took a test ride on a Mana GT and ended up purchasing one in October.
On a tour of Vicenza, my buddy surprised us by taking us to the local Ducati dealership. Oh man, what an experience. The salesman was very friendly and let me sit on the Multistrada 1200 S Touring...it was used and was offered at a great price. Too much to ship to the U.S. at the moment, but may be in time :)
What to buy: If you are looking for a motorcycle, then this is the place to go.
What to pay: All depends on what you want to buy
Ocassionaly, the main square of the town is turned into the huge flea market. Usualy it happens by the end of the week, like this one on May 8, 2005 when Italy celebrates the Mother's Day. A great number of items, from very different periods, is exposed to those who are interested in bying antiques.
Actually you can buy clothes for men and women here, and they always carry the colors and styles that are in fashion. They also have great sales twice a year in late winter and summer.
What to buy: Casual to Dress clothing
What to pay: Sweaters are about 40 euro
Pants - 40 euro
Shirts 30-40 euro
Dresses 40-60 euro
Leather jackets 100-200 euro
shoes 60-100 euro
The stores along this street are elegant and mostly high end, not for most tourists. The locals come down here to shop for those items. It has been harkened to be similiar to the vogue streets of Paris for shopping. Well you determine. It has some upscale shops along a three block stretch, and the Corso itself is about 1 mile end to end with the center end being by the Roman theater and near the river.
What to buy: Whatever you like and can afford
If you're sick of shopping at the malls in Torri, head downtown to browse the same stores in a more Italian setting. Corso Palladio offers big names like Sisley and Benetton, as well as smaller art stores, restaurants, and bars.
What to buy: Antiques: Market held on the 2nd Sunday of every month in Piazza Signori.
Sephora has great fragrances for men and women. The prices are about average, but you can find many of the brands and types, which you may not find elsewhere. They also carry cosmetics
What to buy: Anything that smells nice, but I noticed the prices are higher online. The bottle I paid 44 euro for costs 65 euro at the website, but if you can't fly to Italy, it's an alternative. Some of their fragrances are "exclusive" to Sephora such as the Pour Homme by Kenzo I bought.
What to pay: 40-70 Euro for a 100ml bottle of designer fragrance.
I recently purchased Kenzo Pour Homme for 44 Euro, 100ml Bottle
A nice mall near Caserma Ederle, where I worked. The mall has an Iper Famila, which is like a big Super Walmart. Great selection of wines, beers, and Italian Deli foods.
What to buy: Just about anything you need.
What to pay: Prices are okay in the mall for most things.