Vatican Store Heats Up Italy’s Winter Sales Period


With the winter sales period in full swing in most Italian cities, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about one of the more exclusive sales events in the country – the Vatican’s designer sale.

Lots of souvenir shops dotted the area around the Vatican selling postcards, posters, knicknacks, statues, guidebooks, etc.

At the Vatican store, you’ll find televisions, jewellry, designer handbags and clothing – and at some of the bes prices in the area. However, it’s not a case of “come one, come all” – not by a long shot. You’ve got to know a cardinal to get in.

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The store istelf is “officially open only to Vatican staff, clergy and diplomats,” but anyone who knows a friendly priest or (as the article suggests) a “Vatican cleaner” can borrow a membership card and score some amazing discounts. The article doesn’t say why the Vatican has a designer-label store in the first place, but I guess it’s like a company perk – in addition to the fun array of hats to choose from when you become a cardinal, you also get to buy Gucci handbags to match for a fraction of their original costs. It’s no wonder they’re not letting women become priests – they’d never get ’em out of the store.

Photo by: Randy Robertson