Famed the world over for its fantastic art, vibrant culture, and breathtaking architecture, Italy‘s capital is one of the most stylish cities in existence. Join Rome’s chic residents for a day of discovering the designer boutiques, vintage wonderlands, and expert artisans that have made Rome’s shopping scene a tourist attraction in its own right.
Rome’s bustling Piazza del Popolo | Courtesy of Stefan Hunt
The Spanish Steps and Via Condotti
Designer heaven: the area around the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti is Rome’s most exclusive shopping district where Prada sunglasses rub shoulders with Gucci handbags in the chic boutiques of this elegant district. Glistening chandeliers and breathtaking window displays lure in hopeless passersby and make Via Condotti the best spot in the city for window shopping. Whether you’re here to make a dazzling, diamond-studded investment, or simply spend a day ogling in amazement through the glass, join the celebrities and billionaires of Rome’s population in the luxury boutiques of the Spanish Steps area.
Wandering these mazes of artisan stalls and craftsmen’s treasure troves is one of Rome’s most popular activities. Rome’s markets are legendary and with flea markets, craft markets, book markets, antique markets, and food markets to choose from – no matter your tastes, you’re sure to find something from the best of Italy’s traders. Join Rome’s trendiest residents at the fantastic Borghetto Flaminio flea market or hunt for antique treasures with the local hipsters at the superb La Soffitta Sotto I Portici vintage market. Turn up early with the locals to grab the best of the bargains.
Typical Italian style on the streets of Rome | Courtesy of Stefan Hunt
Italy’s leatherwear is celebrated across the world and Rome showcases the cream of the crop of expert leatherworkers, shoemakers, and designers. For the best of the best in this Mecca of leatherwear, a visit to Marini is essential. This tiny shop has been run by the same Marini family for over a century, creating by hand the most luxurious footwear in Rome. Crossing the threshold of this stunning building will feel like stepping back into another era of expert craftsmanship, haute-couture, deep leather chairs, and dark wood. Book in for a fitting to join the likes of Robert de Niro, Marcello Mastroianni, and Gregory Peck as one of Marini’s illustrious customers.
A must-visit for foodies, the Campo de Fiori farmers’ market is a feast of gastronomic delights. With gourmet Italian cheeses, tottering piles of fresh and exotic fruit and vegetables, and cold cuts of Italy’s world-famous hams, here you’ll find everything a food fanatic could possibly dream of – from the most luscious peaches you’ll ever eat to tomatoes bursting with juice and flavor. The market is also a great place to pick up interesting souvenirs such as locally made limoncello liqueur in a hotchpotch of creativel shaped and sized bottles and artisan delicacies such as olive oil from the local Lazio region and truffle infused oils.
This historic street is one of the ancient walking routes of the center of ‘Old Rome’. Via Del Governo Vecchio is lined with beautiful, intriguing old doors – most leading to tiny shops jam-packed with teetering piles of dusty, second-hand bargains. These hole-in-the-wall vintage stores brim over with character, as well as outstanding value finds. The discoveries of these Aladdin’s cave style stores have earned this street its reputation of the best vintage shopping district in Rome. Expect 1960s jeans, 1940s hats, 1980s records, and much, much more in these cornucopias of classic style.
A hot-spot for history buffs and antique fanatics, the cobbled slabs of this beautiful Renaissance street charm visitors from the first glance. The street’s name is derived from the coronari, the rosary bead sellers that worked on this street in medieval times. An ideal location for a stroll, soak up the best of Rome’s ancient atmosphere in the historic architecture and fabulous antique stores on Via dei Coronari. Most of the architecture dates back to the 1500s or earlier but the dusty jewels inside even rival the buildings in terms of character, beauty, and history. Quaint shop fronts hide secret hoards of antique books, clothing, jewelry, and art.
For those seeking all the luxuries of home, look no further than Via del Corso. Rome’s main street, the Via del Corso is constantly bustling with tourists, shoppers, and life in general. The street stretches like an artery through the beating heart of Rome’s central district. Here can be found all the high street favorites plus many stylish Italian shops where you can pick up some of the high-quality gloves, hats, silk ties, and leather bags that the nation is famous for. The Galleria Alberto Sordi shopping center is another sure-fire haven for shopaholics in Rome.