Italy is fashionable – the whole world knows this. I once heard what the Milanese apparently spend on new clothes every year, and it about gave me a heart attack. But there are some shopping secrets the Italians have that they don’t always share with outsiders – including the fact that they’re bargain hunters. Italians love their outlet malls, and they go nuts during the two official sales periods in Italy.
I don’t know about what it’s like where you live, but in the U.S. any shop owner can declare a sale whenever he or she wants to. Sure, there are major sales around holidays, but if an individual shoe shop owner wants to have an annual sale on Immelda Marcos’ birthday, that’s fine. Not so in Italy. There are two official Italian sales periods each year – winter and summer – when every shop has what can amount to clearance sales for 6-8 weeks.
My favorite site for looking up the sales dates for individual regions in Italy is this one, (because each region, and even city, can set their own dates), but sometimes it takes awhile to update.
Sottocoperta hasn’t updated for 2018 yet. Dates for the winter 2018 sales, broken down by region, are on this page.
A note about the Sottocoperta site: It’s in Italian, but scroll down to see the list of “REGIONI” – the “SALDI INVERNALI” are the winter sales dates, and the “SALDI ESTIVI” are the summer sales dates. Some have set date ranges, some have a start date and then run “per 60 giorni,” or for 60 days.
Many tourists will stay away from Italy in January simply because the weather isn’t conducive to the picture they have of an ideal Italian vacation. If you’re a shopaholic, however, January may be one of the best times to go – it’s winter sales season.
The winter sales period starts in January, usually near the beginning of the month, and lasts through mid-February or until inventory is gone.
The summer sales period in Italy also coincides with one of the most popular months for tourism – July. The first time I visited Italy it was July, and I had no idea what a rare treat all those sales were. If I had known, I might have come home with an extra suitcase.
The summer sales begin in July, usually near the start of the month, and last through about mid-August or until inventory is gone.
What date will the Summer Sales period in Roma in 2016 start?
Hi, Richard – that information won’t come out until probably early 2016.
What date will the WİNTER Sales period in Roma in 2016 start I wıll be there 22-25 jan for shoppıng
Thanks for the question, Vildan – that information isn’t out yet, either, apparently. The link in the article above to the 2015 calendar has a note that says “stay tuned” for the 2016 dates. Keep checking that link, or this page, which I’ll update when I hear about 2016 sale dates.
I think they are on the first Saturday of July, so for 2016 they should be July 2nd. But again, we will have to wait for the official announcement.
I am planning on going to Milan, merely for shopping, for the 2016 summer sale season. Would you recommend me a preferrable period and where the best places (ex. Via something) are for shopping?
Thanks for the comment, Yoojin. The site linked near the top of this article hasn’t yet updated with the summer 2016 sale season dates, but I put together a list in the meantime. Milan is in Lombardy, so that’s the region to look for on either site for sale dates. As for where to shop, I’m not a shopaholic, so I don’t know all the best spots – but the Quadrilatero d’Oro in Milan’s city center is where many of the designers have boutiques. Via Montenapoleone is a good place to start.
Thanks for the reply 🙂
Hi Jessica, have there been any official announcements about the Summer Sale dates in July 2016?
Well, the site I referenced still hasn’t updated, no. They got as far as changing the title to “Summer Sales 2016,” but all the info is still about last summer! I found another place with some information (though not as detailed), which I wrote about here.
When is the winter sale in Milan and Roma? I’m gonna be there at the end of December, will there be any?
The official sales periods start in January and (usually) July, not December – but you may find some special holiday stuff going on, since the Christmas/holiday season doesn’t really end until January 6th in Italy.
TORINO SALDI will start Jan.5th
so from JAn.5th 2017 to March 2nd 2017
When will the summer sale 2017 begin in Rome and Athens this year? Thank you.
The first link in the article above, on the sottocoperta site, now seems to be updated with 2017 summer sale information for Italy. I don’t follow sales seasons in Greece, though.
Do you know if there will be sales in late May, early June?
The sales periods are pretty well determined as outlined above, Gabi – one in summer, and one in winter.
Hey Jessica, Im planning to come to Rome on 7th of July until the 10th. I would like to know when exactly the sales will start, if will be those days or after. Thanks
You can find out all the current, specific annual sales info in the link I provide above in the highlighted area of the article, near the top. Happy shopping! 🙂
Do you happened to know until when is the sale in Rome? Will be visiting 12-14Aug. Any malls/area you would recommend? Thank you
There’s a link in the article above, Eric, that will take you to a site that details all the sales dates for every region in Italy. 🙂 (Rome is in Lazio, so look for that one.)
hi ! do you have the exact dates for the winter sales in milan january 2018? is it published already? thank you!!! barak
No, those dates haven’t been published yet. Check back toward the end of this year.
Dear Jessica, do you have any news in regards to when January sale on 2018 in Milan wil start? Need to book some tickets so would be really helpful if I knew the dates 😀
I’ve just updated the article above with a link to a new list of the 2018 winter sales dates! 🙂
Wis there a boxing day sale in Italy on 26 December. And best city to be in for shopping in italy
It depends on what you’re shopping for! 🙂 Milan is great for high fashion, Florence’s leather markets are wonderful, Venice has gorgeous glass from Murano, and Rome has a bit of everything – just to give you an idea. To my knowledge, the sales in Italy are limited to the ones listed in this article, and don’t include “Boxing Day” (which isn’t really a holiday in Italy).
when does the sale start in this year
I’ve just updated the article above with a link to a new list of the 2018 winter sales dates! 🙂
Hi, can you please tell me when the summer sale will start for the luxury outlet stores near Florence. we are planning to arrive in Florence on the 27 June – 1st July 2018. Thanks
Check the link in the highlighted section above – that’s where current information is posted. 🙂
We will be in Milan and Florence the first few days of July and hence will be there a few days before the official sale dates unfortunately. Does this mean there will literally be no apparel on sale in those cities or might there be retailers where we can still find discounts?
Oh, everything is available to purchase year-round, and sometimes you’ll find small sales on at different times, but the biggest sales are during these official sales seasons.
I will be in Rome in June the 4th to the 10th.
i am a good customer for Valentino, versache and Miu Miu. is there any pre-sales?
I’m not aware of pre-sales outside the official sales dates, but there are outlet shopping centers open year-round.
Hi Jessica 🙂
First of all- thank you very much for this blog! 😀 🙂
I am planning to go to Trieste Palmanova Outlet soon (not sure June-now or later on July) so I am looking for some info when should I go. I read all comments and checked the link in the highlighted section above and it says summer sale in Trieste starts on July 7th. My question is: does this info link also include Outlet sales?
If it does- that’s mean that season summer sales start on 7th of July, but before this date there are usually some discount or pre-sale, right? Please, some advice when should I go?
I hope these sale dates are correct and updated 🙁
My understanding is that the seasonal sales really only apply to regular shops – not outlets – because the outlets offer sales year-round (which the regular shops can’t do).
Can you please tell me when the saldi starts this summer in Italy ?
Thank you & best regards
The link above in the highlighted yellow section has all the information you’ll need! 🙂
Many thanks for this information. Do the sales work how they do pretty much in the US – as in only the unattractive and unpopular sizes left? I’m evaluating whether it’s worth even holding out (I need to do quite a bit of winter shopping). Also, what is the shopping in Bari like in Sept vs Milan (again looking to upgrade my winter wardrobe, but am leaning towards Bari to explore a new town and somewhere with a beach!)?
In my experience, basically everything is on sale at the start of the sales season. The discounts grow as the season goes on, but waiting means running the risk that the most popular sizes/styles will sell out earlier. I’m afraid I can’t compare Bari and Milan in terms of shopping – Milan is incredibly fashionable, but I can’t think of anywhere in Italy that isn’t. 😉
We will be in Rome from July 1st till July 3rd, then heading to Milan. While in Rome I would like to buy a Gucci bag, from your experience do they have good discounts for this season?
I’m so sorry I didn’t see this question earlier! I hope you found a bag you wanted! For reference for other readers, July is often part of the summer sales season, but the start/end dates vary by region and by year.
hi iam preparing to visit sesto calende by September will is there any availability to catch the sale there
I’m not familiar with Sesto Calende, but it’s in Lombardy – so check the sales schedule linked above for the Lombardia region.