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shoping during Easter

by PrincessMB Online Now Nov 14, 2008 at 12:36 AM

Boungiorno!
My colegues and I plan a tour to Italy in april, 2009. We are interested to buy some souveniers in San Marino duty free zone, and we will be there right at Sunday, the Easter...I saw there are some interesting events like Egg hunting, so I wonder if there are souvenier stores working on that great holiday or we should move the start of the tour. We are especially interested in parfumes, wines and katanas (samurai swards), so the next question is where to find originals (not made in china) and if it is legal to bring out of the Republic...and are there limits for person?
with regards
Biljana Kokanov Kurc

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    Re: shoping during Easter

    by chinaguy Online Now Nov 14, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Shops in San Marino are loaded with jewelry, leather goods, luggage, purses, etc., most at a better price than in Italy. During one visit Emmy found a blue leather purse she liked. The price tag said 27,000L ($22), the lady suggested 20,000L, Emmy offered 13,000L ($11), and the lady said sold. The next morning we went back up the hill to buy a couple of large leather bags for gifts. They are made very well, and only cost17 or so, each.

    One year Emmy bought two coral necklaces, one for her, and one for her Cousin Toni in Germany. The next time we were in San Marino, Emmy bought a pair of coral ear-rings to go with her necklace.

    The first year we were in San Marino we paid about50 for a very nice copper pot with silver-like and brass decor, that we still use as a flower pot. In the nearby parking lot a tour group of senior citizens awaited their bus. While they lingered, a man played an accordion and several of the elderly people danced what must have been a folk dance of some kind.

    A few years later Emmy saw a similar copper pot, and was immediately ready to buy. I convinced her that since we are on our way to Greece and Turkey, and those countries are famous for brass and copper pots, let’s wait for the real thing. We were there a month, and found no pot nearly so nice. Ha!

    Stamps and coins are the Republic’s best known industries. When we bought a postcard in San Marino, we didn’t have to hunt for a post office to buy a stamp, it was already pasted on the card. Come to think of it, we didn’t make a note of the value of the stamps, and don’t remember if additional stamps were needed for mailing to the USA.

    In one store we found some nice marble stack-tables at a lower price than the similar tables we had found in Paris, but we didn’t buy these either— couldn’t figure a good way to get them home. For lunch one day we had what looked like a hot dog on something called Pradina Calda. Tasted like a pita, but a bit more bread-like. Costs about 1,000L each (70¢).

    At the butcher shop we were shocked when the butcher wrote the price of a small beef roast as 30,000L ($25). We decided it was far too much, but when he cut the roast in half, the price was now only 3700L ($3). Wonder who made the mistake the first time?

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    Re: shoping during Easter

    by Ina08 Online Now Nov 14, 2008 at 1:33 AM

    (At the butcher shop we were shocked when the butcher wrote the price of a small beef roast as 30,000L ($25). We decided it was far too much, but when he cut the roast in half, the price was now only 3700L ($3). Wonder who made the mistake the first time?)

    :-) He told you the price per kilo of the beef.

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    by MichaelRees Online Now Nov 14, 2008 at 2:10 AM

    It must be a while since Chinaguy was in San Marino, since it is nearly seven years since the country last used lire as currency.

    Postal rates in San Marino are the same as those in Italy: 65 cents for Europe and the Mediterranean basin, 85 cents for mnost of the rest of the world and one euro for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific destinations.

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