Never Mind The Ugly Americans

Laden with overstuffed shopping bags from Ferragamo, an upscale shoe shop, Yumi Yamada, 27, stands happily surveying her purchases near Rome's ritzy Via Condotti. A Tokyo-based stewardess, Yamada headed straight to Rome this summer after hearing about how the sinking lira has made Italy a shopper's dream. "Things are cheaper now. My favorite thing about Italy is the shopping," Yamada says.

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