4422 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814   •   (301) 656-1670   •   ciao@bethesdatravel.com
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:30pm  •  Saturday: By Appointment   •   Sunday: Closed


  • Retail stores and offices, including small-town car rental agencies, often close for lunch.  The duration of lunch-breaks varies, but can be 2.5-3 hours.

  • Many boutique shops are closed on Sunday and occasionally on Monday mornings.

  • Sales tax (VAT) is already included in the price of anything you buy. 

  • The VAT refund (look for a TAX-FREE decal in the window) can result in big savings on major purchases (above ~750€) but be prepared for paperwork procedures.