Rome has a vast array of petit boutiques, art and design
shops, fashion houses; in fact, you should be able to find almost anything
you wish. Department stores are rare in Italy and therefore Rome as
well, which means that there are lots of individualistic shops, which
cater for just one sector. This can mean that shopping for wares can
be more time consuming, as you have to shop in different shops, but
it also makes it more fun! Increasing rents for the shopkeeper means
that it is becoming more and more difficult to find real bargains -
however there are still some around. Generally, shops in tourist areas
are now open non-stop, i.e. circa 9.00am - 8.00pm, Mondays to Saturdays.
Away from the city center, you will discover that the siesta is still
maintained and many shops will be closed for lunch between circa 1.00pm
and 4.00pm. Generally, it is difficult to find a shop open on a Sunday,
unless it is the run up to Christmas, etc.
Near to Piazza Navona, there is a large cluster of antique
dealers. We recommend that you walk down Vie Dei Coronari and the prestigious
Via Del Babuino. Do not forget that many of the dealers will be closed
during siesta time.
Ad Antiqua Domus
Via Paola 25 - 27, Rome.
Via Dei Coronari 41, Rome.
Via Della Stelletta 17, Rome
Via Della Stelletta 32, Rome.
Piazza Navona 25, Rome.
Via Del Babuino 150, Rome.
Main Shopping Areas
Cola Di Rienzo
Close to the Vatican, this is a long, straight street that runs from
the Tiber to Piazza Risorgimento. Its large streets are clogged with
traffic, so we recommend you do one side at a time. Goods are reasonably
Try around the Pantheon and Via Del Governo Vecchio.
Piazza Di Spagna
The most elegant and expensive shops are concentrated in the area of
Piazza Di Spagna, walk down either Via Borgognona or Via Condotti to
find the haute couture shops of Rome, such as Versace, Dolce and Gabbana,
in fact all the designer names are found there. Here you will find hyper-rich,
smartly dressed men and women not only from Rome, but all over the world.
The goods sold here are mainstream and prices are generally moderate.
A mixture of small, stylish boutiques, well-priced leather clothing
shops and small Italian chain stores. Be careful of the horrendous traffic
Via Del Corso
This long street connects Piazza Del Popolo to Piazza Venezia and is
arguably Rome's major shopping aisle, several international and Italian
chain stores can be found here and the street mainly attracts Rome's
Porta Portese, Via Di Porta Portese, access from
Via Ippolito Nievo and off Viale Trastevere. Bus route: 75.
This is Rome's major flea market which takes place early on Sunday mornings
(7.00am - lunchtime). You will be able to buy most things here, but
be warned - it gets very busy with tourists and Romans alike. And like
all markets, beware of pickpockets.
Underground Car park, near Via Veneto, Metro: Barberini/Line
Usually taking place on the first weekend of the month (October to June)
from 10.00am - 8.00pm, this underground car park near to Via Veneto
offers a complete mish-mash of goods, from genuine finds to real junk.
Via Sannio, near to San Giovanni In Laterano. Metro:
S. Giovanni Station/Line A.
Previously known for antiques and junk, etc. The market which is partly-covered
is now better known for selling clothing and many fake or reproduction
garments can be found in the stalls.
Coin, Via Cola Di Rienzo 173 and San Giovanni In
Laterano. Metro: S. Giovanni Station/Line A.
Coin offers the shopper good quality clothing, housewares, perfumes,
etc and is one of only a handful of department stores in Rome.
Rinascente, Piazza Colonna/Via Del Corso 189.
Rinascente is one of the larger department stores which is conveniently
situated in the main shopping area (Vie Del Corso). The store offers
a wide range of high quality goods.
Federico Buccellati, Via Condotti 31, Piazza Di
Beautifully designed gold and silverware, by one of Italy's most renowned
metalsmiths. Designs are often influenced by the Renaissance period.
Bulgari, Via Condotti 10, Piazza Di Spagna.
Famous the world-over, Bulgari has been in the capital since the late
1800s. Its prestigious and meticulously created wares are the envy of
many people. Prices can at times be affordable (obviously depending
on your budget) but often insane! It is worthwhile just to look at the
Diego Percossi Papi, Via Sant'Eustachio 16.
Diego Percossi Papi is a small boutique shop with an upscale clientele
which offers fine ornate jewellery.
Maria Teresa Nitti Valentini, Via Della Stelletta
Maria Teresa Nitti Valentini is known to jewellery lovers for vintage
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