Summer is approaching and Rome is one of the most popular destination to travel to during this season. And when you visit a place you always do some shopping right?
Here's a few tips from a local on where to shop and make the most of your time (and money!)
Shopping for Haute Couture and Designers in Rome
You can find some of the biggest names in Italian fashion - Fendi, Valentino, Bulgari - in Rome, as well as boutiques by Prada, Armani, Versace, Ferragamo, Cavalli, Gucci, and many others, along the streets near the Spanish Steps. Via Condotti is Rome's main place for haute couture and it is also great for window shopping, but there are many other boutiques in Via Frattina,Via Sistina, and Via Bocca de Leone.
Chain Stores and Mainstream Shopping in Rome
If you want to shop where Romans do, (more average prices for sure!), Via del Corso is one of the best spots. , there are several good places to go.
The mile-long street which runs from Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo has all kinds of shops, including the Ferrari store, shoe stores, popular fashion brands like Diesel and Benetton, lingerie, make up and department stores (Rinascente, COIN). Be aware that especially on the week end you are going to find big crowds, also because the street is almost pedestrians, only a few cars are allowed in certain parts.
Outdoor Flea Markets and Antiques in Rome
There are so many and beautiful markets in Rome. Let's start with the most famous: songs have been dedicated to this place, it is really one of a kind, its name is Porta Portese, (located not far from Trastevere) which operates on Sundays from 7am until 1pm, the most important flea market in Rome and is one of the largest flea markets in Europe. Here you can find everything you can imagine, from antique housewares to secondhand clothing and music to original art, jewelry, posters, furniture, etc.
Another flea market to try is the one at Via Sannio located just a few blocks south of the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. This market sells mostly clothing and accessories, including designer knock-offs. It operates in the mornings Monday through Saturday.
Several neighborhoods also are full of antique stores. Via del Babuino, near the haute couture shops around the Spanish Steps, is renowned for its antiques, particularly antique furniture and paintings. A picturesque street on which to do your antiques shopping is Via Giulia, a street which runs almost parallel to the Tiber just west of Campo de' Fiori. You can reach this antiques district by starting at Castel Sant'Angelo and walking south on the lovely Ponte Sant'Angelo.
Are you ready to shop?