When we were in Italy, we started to get blisters on our feet. We asked several pharmacies for moleskin (fustagno according to the translator app) but they all shook their head. It's too late for us but it could help future travelers. Where do you buy moleskin in Italy if not at a pharmacy?

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    I'd use "vescica" the italian translation for blisters and point to my feet and let the pharmacist direct me to the right product.
    – Max
    Oct 16, 2018 at 18:42
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    How about a store that sells camping or moutaineering equipment and supplies? Oct 16, 2018 at 18:49
  • Max, I wish I had thought of that. I was fixed on the solution I knew that I did not consider there could be another way to fix the blister. Oct 16, 2018 at 18:51
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    It may well be that the moleskin you asked for is not the name of the product in Italian. It might be for the skin of the animal, for the fabric or even for the (note) books that go by the name.
    – Willeke
    Oct 16, 2018 at 19:03
  • In Italy, salvapelle is used to prevent blisters by dancers, those playing sports, etc. Literally, it's save skin.
    – Giorgio
    Oct 16, 2018 at 20:35

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Moleskin is only a US brand name; the word literally means:

  1. the skin of a mole used as fur.
  2. a thick, strong cotton fabric with a shaved pile surface.

Its translation in Italian has little relation to what you wanted.

Always describe your problem, not the solution - Blister translates to Bolla, which would have enabled the guy to understand what you need.

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