Lots of people take the opportunity to shop while on vacation in Italy, and while there’s technically no limit to what you can spend – there is a limit to what you can spend duty-free.
Duty-free exemption amount for foreigners
Individuals may bring up to US $800 of goods for personal consumption or gifts from Italy back into the U.S. This only includes stuff you’re bringing back with you – so anything you shipped to the U.S. from Italy doesn’t count in this US$800 limit. Within this US $800 limit, there are separate limits on the amount of alcohol and tobacco you can bring back. You are limited to one liter of alcohol and no more than 200 cigarettes and 100 cigars.
Limits for EU citizens
If you’re a citizen of the EU country other than Italy and you’re visiting Italy on holiday you can shop to your heart’s content. There are no limits on what you can buy and take with you when you travel between EU countries, as long as it is for personal use and not for resale. Of course, this is because you’re paying taxes on the stuff you’re buying as you’re buying it. One note about VAT is that because it varies by country and isn’t set by the EU, if the country you’re a citizen of has a lower VAT than Italy you can take advantage of the limit-free shopping opportunities to buy things that would be more expensive back home.
Limit of duty-free goods to bring back to Canada
The amount of duty-free stuff you can bring back to Canada from Italy depends on how long you’ve been out of Canada. There are exemption amounts for trips outside Canada of more than 24 hours and more than 48 hours, but let’s assume you fall into the 7-day exemption category.
There are a few categories of goods which must be declared when returning to Australia from Italy. There are general goods (gifts, souvenirs, electronics, leather, perfume, jewelry, stuff purchased at a duty-free shop, etc.), alcohol, and tobacco. But things like new shoes, clothes, or articles for personal hygiene and grooming (this doesn’t include perfumes) aren’t included in these categories.