in which the kiddos and I visit an Italian shopping mall


Our time is running out in Italy, and I keep telling myself to enjoy the last bit of European shopping while I can!  In Europe, everything goes on sale on January 1 and July 1, and July 1 is right around the corner, so it’s a good time to start scouting out things I might like to buy on sale. At least that’s what I tell myself; in reality I visit this mall about every nine months. Such is life with two kids!

Anyway, today I decided to make things happen, grabbed my phone, and photographed our little outing. Come along and shop with us!


Parked and ready to go. Lena is thrilled.


Up into the breezy, open corridors of the mall. This mall, Centro Sicilia, is especially pretty on a Tuesday afternoon during riposo (ie. siesta) when there is almost no one else there.


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Obligatory stop for a ride. Gil didn’t know that I didn’t pay for his. Ignorance is bliss!


New store since I was here last time (6 months ago…). Looks the same all over the world!



Always makes me laugh.


Loved these alternative carts for bored little shoppers!




You can’t tell, but she’s barefoot. Hence the maniacal giggles.


And finally: two favorite Italian-only things about the mall. On the left, a vendor with a pop-up shop in the middle of the hallway. She’s not selling face cream or hair clips, though, she’s selling espresso machines!

And on the right, a parking sign indicating that the “pink parking” is reserved for women with children or in dolce attesa (literally “sweet waiting”). Now how dolce is that?! ;)

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9 Responses to in which the kiddos and I visit an Italian shopping mall

  1. Anna June 3, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    I have been in this shopping mall few days ago, what a pity I didn’t met you!

    • Becca June 3, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

      What are the chances! I’d love to meet you if we get another chance. :)

  2. Abi June 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    Jorge and I wandered into the “Lush” store in Venice while on our honeymoon. Before we knew it the salesman had zeroed in on Jorge and started giving him a hand massage with some sort of gritty lotion! Maybe it was the novelty of seeing a big American guy with giant bear paws… anyways, it was a very… memorable… experience! So did you find anything good that you’re gonna go back for??

    • Becca June 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

      Hah! That’s priceless! I thought I’d seen Lush stores in the States so that’s why I took a picture of it, but maybe I’m wrong. You can smell everything from the hallway, no need to go into the store!

      I didn’t buy that dress I was wearing because it was too long, but now I’m having non-buyer’s remorse. Maybe I’ll go back for it! I did buy the skirt, though, sale or no sale. I’ve been wanting a maxi skirt and really liked that one!

  3. Kaylee June 3, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    Love this! So fun! By the way, what kind of stroller do you use? And do you like it?

  4. Rebecca June 4, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    The pop-up shop in the middle of the hallway is very common here in Belgium too. At least it is in the bigger malls.

    It’s something I seem to like doing when on a trip : visit a mall. Strange habit though. Over here in Belgium you go to a mall because it’s raining so often and then it’s nicer to shop with a roof above. When we were in the US for our roadtrip (Westcoast) we went to the mall because it was nice and cool. :D

    • Becca June 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

      Malls really do give you a taste of the local culture… but all in a very Westernized setting. I remember being absolutely fascinated by a HUGE mall in Cairo a few years ago. So much looked familiar — glass elevators, Asian noodle restaurants, Starbucks-like coffee shops — and yet everyone was speaking Arabic and there were women wrapped from head to toe. It was a fascinating experience.

  5. Jess June 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Looks fun!! I like the long dresses…speaking of, I have a few long dresses and skirts to lend while I’m in Guat :)

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