Italy is synonymous with fashion: la dolce vita, the sweet life,and fare la bella figura, the belief in the importance of making a good impression, are philosophies that are inextricably linked with the Italian way of life. Italians take pride in being well groomed, well dressed and well informed, flocking to pop-up events around town and always staying in the know about the latest hotspot or new restaurant opening. From vintage boutiques and luxury retailers to the city’s chicest rooftop bars and exhibition spaces, we’ve got you covered for a fashionable tour of the Eternal City.
This winding street near Piazza Navona is packed with trendy boutiques, vintage shops and little cafés. Whether you’re looking for handmade jewelry, vintage eyewear, a new leather jacket or some pumps, you’re sure to find treasures. For one-of-a-kind clothes, check out Dafano Omero and Cinzia Vestiti Usati, which are filled to the brim with vintage tees, chic handbags and more. For great basics in tonal shades, Kolby has an extensive menswear collection and a small selection for women, and Nicotra di San Giacomo creates unique hand-woven gold and silver jewelry that is sophisticated but wearable—the perfect accessory to round off your outfit.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find department stores in Rome’s historic center, as Italians tend to favor personal service over convenience, but la Rinascente is an exception. With locations at Via del Corso and in Piazza Fiume, this upscale retailer has an enormous range of clothes, accessories, beauty products and homewares conveniently located under one roof. Another great bet is the Coin Excelsior on Via Cola di Rienzo in Prati; you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into Harrods or Barneys.
Rome is best known for its colorful farmer’s markets, such as the food and vegetable market that opens every morning in Campo de’ Fiori, but the city has a number of noteworthy clothing and accessory markets, as well. On Saturdays and Sundays, try Mercato Monti, which exhibits a wide variety of clothing, accessories, home items and other knick-knacks. Many items are handcrafted by local artists, though there are some vintage pieces. The Porta Portese flea market is another weekend appoint in the city that takes place on Sundays in Trastevere. You can find a bit of everything at this unique shopping experience.
Chiostro del Bramante is a Renaissance cloister commissioned in 1500 and designed by Donato Bramante. The space is evocative and exudes an aura of grandeur and grande bellezza. The cloister hosts some of the most intriguing exhibitions in the capital, including retrospectives of artists, such as Marc Chagall and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and thematic shows, such as last year’s “Love” exhibit and the upcoming “Enjoy” show. This is one of Rome’s trendiest exhibition spaces, and it brings out crowds on the weekends.
Chiostro del Bramante, Arco della Pace, 5, Rome, Italy, +39 06 68 80 90 35