Furniture, Hardware and Appliance Shopping
Where to buy furniture, soft furnishings, white goods and electrical appliances for your Italian home...
Below is a small selection of basic self-service furniture, appliance and DIY hardware chain stores generally found throughout Italy. There is no guarantee that anyone will speak English, but once you have found what you need, little more than basic Italian should be necessary for the transaction.
- Look in the Yellow Pages or on the stores' own websites for the branch closest to you.
Hypermarkets, Supermarkets and Superstores
- Auchan: French owned hypermarket with branches throughout Italy. Nectar card holders can earn points with purchases.
- Bennet: Supermarket chain based in northern Italy
- Billa: 67 stores in Italy with a wide selection of products including its own bakery section.
- Carrefour: Supermarket chain with prepared foods, fresh meat and cheese produce.
- Conad: Large supermarket chain which offers its own range of organic items: pasta, jams, oil, honey, rice, coffee, etc., as well as non-organic food stuffs.
- Coop: A consumer's cooperative and the largest supermarket chain in Italy. Coop also operates Ipercoops which are large Coops that are also department stores.
- Esselunga: Supermarket chain with self-produced organic products and online-shopping.
- Famila: Superstores around Italy
- IN’s Mercato: Supermarket with its own brands
- LD Market: Market with food and home wares.
- Lidl: Discount supermarket chain for household goods and foodstuffs including frozen foods, alcohol, bread and a limited range of fresh fruit and vegetables. Many economy brands in stock.
- MD Discount: Discount stores with branches throughout Italy
- Metro: Cash and carry for cardholders, food products and supplies for restaurateurs, hoteliers, retailers, food retailers and other large consumers.
- Pam: Superstores with a wide variety of fresh products
- Penny Market: Supermarket with its own brands and regional products
- SMA: A division of Auchan supermarkets, this nation-wide chain offers own-branded items Sma Auchan as well as fruit and vegetables, meat, bread and confectionery. The Carta Club card allows holders to earn points that can be used in store.
- Eurospin: The largest discount supermarket chain in Italy. Products sold include textiles, frozen goods, fruit and vegetables, alcohol, bread and ready meals.
- Crai: Large chain of Italian supermarkets offering own-brand items as well as more well-known brand names, organic goods and food items for coeliacs. The Carta Piu card allows customers to earn points towards prizes
- Sisa: Chain of supermarkets including Ipersissa, Sisasuperstore, Sisa, Issimo and Negozio Italia. Offers the Sisa fidelity card which entitles clients to in-store discounts.
Furniture and Appliance Shops
- IKEA: The largest chain of furniture shops in the world. For indoor and outdoor furniture, sofas, dining tables and chairs, bookshelves, futons, kitchens and storage containers
- TRONY: White goods and home appliances including televisions, DVD players, PCs, fridges, washing machines, dishwashers and accessories for cars and motorbikes
- Euronics: Electrical equipment specialists. For televisions, DVD players, PCs, air conditioning units, cameras and mobile phones
- COBRA: Large chain selling consumer electronic goods including audio and video accessories, Mp3 players, CD players, amplified loudspeakers, home theatre systems and clock radios
- UNIEURO: For digital cameras, games and entertainment systems, domestic appliances and HI-FIs
Building Material, Hardware and DIY
- Brico Center: home improvement specialists for marquees, awnings, lighting, wallpaper, home and garden accessories, bathroom equipment, mechanical and plumbing instruments
- Brico IO: Italian home improvement chain for hobby equipment, wood, household and garden tools, paints and varnishes and lighting. Branches nationwide
- Leroy Merlin: Large hardware superstore chain with branches all over Italy. For tools, electrical equipment, paint, wood, plumbing supplies, bathrooms, kitchens, building equipment and lighting.
Office Supplies and Stationery
- Metro Italia: For discount office supplies including office furniture, stationary, box-files, desk-top and lap-top computers, paper shredders and printers
- Avery Italia: Printing specialists with an online order service. Products include labels, CDs, software, printers and printer paper
- Buffetti: Office equipment specialists with many franchises all over Italy. For office furniture, stationery, computer accessories and meeting equipment