Whether you are looking for designer Italian wear or some budget friendly buys, Rome has one of the best places to shop in Italy. Italy’s finest designers are located just beside independent boutiques and stalls; surely Rome caters to every budget.
Here are best places to shop in Rome irrespective of whether you are looking for Chanel or a good bargain.
Via del Boschetto
If you are looking for one-of-a-kind things to buy, clothing and jewelry, head to Via del Boschetto, which is an easy, walk from Via Nazionale, the Roman forum or the Colosseum. Located in the heart of Rione Monti, this shopping destination is packed with high end boutiques, artisans and ateliers who sell everything from hip clothing, handcrafted jewelry to vintage bags. Most of the prices are at par with that of a high street store.
Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps
Find the Prada to the Armani, Valentino to the Bulgari, in the home of Italy’s favorite designers. The shops alongside Via Condotti are Rome’s main drag for haute couture and feature the best celebrity street style fashion. The Italian fashion flagship continues with the boutiques on Via Borgognona, Via Frattina, Via Sistina and Via Bocca de Leone.
Via del Babuino
Located near the haute couture shops around the Spanish Steps, it is famous for its antiques especially furniture and paintings. Between Via Giulia (a street that runs parallel to the Tiber and west of Campo de’Fiori) and Via del Governo Vecchio is also a great place for antique shopping in Rome.
Via Cola di Rienzo
A busy shopping street located behind Castle St. Angelo is a home to mid-price shops featuring a mix of both designer boutiques and high street chains. Brandy, a teenage clothes shop located in the basement and COIN, Rome’s department store is good for a visit.
Also take a break from shopping to grab a bite at Castroni, which sells international food alongwith the awesome Italian food.
Via del Corso
Located in the heart of Rome’s historic center running from Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo, Pantheon and Trevi fountain; this long narrow street is packed with shoppers. This is the place where the regular Romans shop.Apart from high street stores like Mango, H&M, Levis, Zara and Diesel, the street also has small designer boutiques, bookstores and Galleria Alberto Soldi shopping centre.
Porto Portese Flea Market
The largest market in Rome and the place to come for a great bargain, this market is held every Sunday morning (7am till 1pm). Browse through the endless rows of stalls for new and second hand goods, antiques, art, jewelry, posters, housewares and lots more. You can take Tram 8 Largo Argentina to Trastevere station and walk to Via Ippolito Nievo (5 mins) to reach the market.
This upscale shopping centre in the EUR area of Rome is spread over three floors and is designed in an elegant temple structure with ornate glass domes. Designer shops and chain stores alongside coffee shops and restaurants, this mall caters to every budget. It’s a great place to take some relief from the sun during the summers, as it is air-conditioned. To get there, take a Metro to EUR Palasport Metro Line B and then the free shuttle bus that stops right outside the mall.
Castel Romano Outlet
A designer outlet village, which is a part of the McArthur Glen chain, located 15km south of Rome. Get discounts on brands like Burberry, Calvin Klein, Robert Cavalli and Dolce & Gabanna. You can book a private shuttle from most hotel receptions or can use a bus service that operates from EUR FERMI Metro Line B to get there.
It is another flea market located just a few blocks south of the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterno. The market predominantly sells clothing and jewelry including designer knock-offs (illegal though). It operates from Monday to Saturday (mornings only).