Many luxury shops list in their windows the cities in which they sell their designer products. And if we are talking about those which list different cities in Italy, Padua is always there after Milano, Roma, Firenze and Venezia. However, it often features alongside such international metropoli as Paris, New York and London. All of which confirms a trend in retail within the city that began with the economic boom of the 1960s.
There are opportunities for shopping throughout the old city centre – from the market stalls of the squares and Prato della Valle to the designer boutiques of Via San Fermo, Via Roma and Piazza Insurrezione, to the historical shops. And the clientele here is becoming ever more international: the traditional French, British and German customers have now been joined by the Chinese, by Russians, Indians and Brazilians. All of whom are particularly interested in the clothes shops.
And of course there are shopping opportunities in Padua’s outlying areas – especially in Abano and the entire area of the Euganean Hills, Montegrotto, Galzignano and Battaglia, where Italian products can range of lace and other craft work to gastronomic delights and quality wines.