From January 2, 2011, in Italy started a nationwide sales season, which involved shops of all areas of the country. Among the first regions of Italy, which announced the early discount season, were Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia and Basilicata, and such cities as Palermo, Naples, Potenza and Campobasso. Sales season in Milan and Rome - the main shopping centers in Italy - starts on January 6. Skiing in Italy - cities in the Aosta Valley - will announce the start of sales on January 10.
Sales season in Italy usually lasts 1.5-2 months and ends on the eve of the Lent. Thus, sales in Rome this season will end on February 16. Next shopping season in Italy opens in mid-summer - July 7, 2011.
Sales in Italy in 2011 will be remembered not only for big discounts. From the New Year supermarkets in Italy supply buyers with packing bags of a new type. From January 1, 2011 in Italy is legislatively banned trade in environmentally harmful plastic bags.
Italy became one of the first countries in Europe, where plastic bags are prohibited for sale. One of the reasons why the authorities made such a radical step is garbage crisis that Italy suffered for the past year.
It is worth noting that Italy has long been a country, where the consumption of plastic bags per capita was among the highest in the world. On average each person in the country, including infants, are accounted for 300 plastic bags per year.
In place of plastic bags in Italian shops are now introduced packages made from corn fiber. It is noted that the products are environmentally friendly.