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Shopping

Generally shops open from 9am to around 1pm and 3:30pm to 7:30pm Monday to Saturday; most shops are closed on Monday mornings and all day Sunday.
Opening and closing hours vary from town to town.
The Italian Government offers to non-residents of the EU. a cash refund of the tax paid on purchases of 154.94 Euros or more in one shop in one day. The tax, called IVA is usually 20% and is included in the purchase price. Goods must be purchased at stores with the sign "tax-free for tourists". Ask for a store receipt plus tax-free receipt. At the airport, go to the customs office. After examining the items, they will put a stamp on the receipt that you can mail for a refund. For additional information, contact Global Refund at 800-566-9828 or visit their web site at www.globalrefund.com

Measurement Conversion Table

Italy uses the metric system of weights and measures. Speed and distance are measured in kilometers; goods in kilograms and liters; temperature in Celsius (Centigrade). To covert Celsius to Fahrenheit: °F = 1.8 x °C + 32.

From Miles Kilometers Pounds Kilograms
To Kilometers Miles Kilograms Pounds
Multiply By 1.6090 0.6214 0.4536 2.205

Clothing Conversion Table

Women's dresses, coats and skirts

Italy
44
46
48
50
52
54
(size)
USA
8
10
12
14
16
18
(size)

Men's Suits

Italy
44
46
48
50
52
54
56
(size)
USA
34
36
38
40
42
44
46
(size)

Women's Shoes

Italy
36
37
38
39
40
41
(size)
USA
5
6
7
8
9
10
(size)

Men's Shoes

Italy
40
41
42
43
44
45
(size)
USA
7
8
9
10
11
12
(size)
 
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