Rome is an excellent city for shopping. From crowded local
markets to major fashion houses, the city has something for everyone.
So, whether you're looking for a designer handbag, an
antique print or just some cheap souvenirs, here is your guide to getting the
most out of shopping in Rome.
Traditional Roman food and produce markets offer a glimpse
into local color and customs, and can be a great place to pick up unique,
low-priced souvenirs. The most famous, and oldest, market in the city is the
Campo de' Fiori market, which dates back to 1869. Popular with tourists, the
market is a great place to pick up olive oil, balsamic vinegar or fresh
Other more local markets include Piazza dell’Unità Market
and the international Piazza Vittorio Market. The Piazza San Cosimato Market in
Testaccio is small but full of interesting snacks. Stop by Volpetti, one of
Rome's greatest charcuteries, while you're in the area.
If you can name an Italian fashion house, then you can find
their flagship store in Rome. For those with massive budgets, this is the
perfect city to pick up a designer outfit or handbag.
Most of these expensive designer's shops are clustered
around the Spanish Steps. Via Condotti is Rome's equivalent to Fifth Avenue and
is home to Hermès, Armani, Bulgari, Roberto Cavalli and Ferragamo among others.
Nearby side street Via Borgognona has Fendi, Dolce &Gabbana, Laura
Biagiotti.Tiffany's and Versace are on Via Frattina.
For funky original jewelry and clothes, head to Via del
Boschetto in the hip neighborhood of Rione Monti. Here you can discover small
designer shops, vintage clothing, hand-made jewelry and hip handbags, all at
reasonable prices. Notable stores to look for are Ashanti jewelry, Kokoro and
Pulp, a boutique with new and vintage clothing.
Many locals prefer to skip the high fashion streets and head
straight for the shopping mall. This is the place to check out many mid-price
Italian fashion chain stores like Miss Sixty, Benneton and Furla. Rome has four
major shopping malls, each of which contain more than 200 stores, restaurants
and a cinema. These are: the Mall of Euroma, Mall of Porta di Roma, Mall of
Roma and Mall of Parco Leonardo.
Flea and Antique Markets
Rome is home to one of the largest flea markets in the
world, the Porta Portese. Open Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 7 pm in
Trastevere, one of Rome's oldest neighborhoods. This is the place to find
nearly anything, from clothing to souvenir knick-knacks to electronics. Prepare
to bargain and remember that in Italy it is illegal to purchase knockoff
There are a few upscale antique shops along Via Margutta and
Via del Corso. Antique hunters can also try the Mercato delle Stampe, the
“antique print market” which is open in the mornings Monday-Saturday and offers
antique books, prints and engravings.
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