Rome Shopping

In Rome, shopping is an art form. Perhaps it’s the fashionably bespectacled commuter wearing Giorgio Armani as he deftly zips through traffic on his Vespa, or all those Anita Ekberg, Audrey Hepburn, and Julia Roberts films that make us long to be Roman for a day. But with limited time and no Hollywood studio backing you, the trick is to find what you’re looking for and still not miss out on

the city’s museums and monuments—and, of course, leave yourself plenty of euros to enjoy the rest of your trip.

Since you may be pressed for time, knowing how and where to put your best fashion foot forward is crucial. Luckily for shop-till-you-droppers, you can still fit your shopping sprees in between sights. A visit to the Trevi Fountain means not only reliving the movie classic Three Coins in a Fountain, but puts you within striking distance of some of the city's best shopping. Pose for a picture-perfect snapshot at Piazza di Spagna, as you keep your eye on that delicious handbag in the window at Dolce & Gabbana.

There may be no city that takes shopping quite as seriously as Rome, and no district more worthy of your time than Piazza di Spagna, with its abundance of shops and designer powerhouses like Fendi and Armani. The best of them are clumped tightly together along the city's three primary fashion arteries: Via dei Condotti, Via Borgognona, and Via Frattina. From Piazza di Spagna to Piazza Navona and on to Campo de' Fiori, shoppers will find an explosive array of shops within walking distance of one another: a shop for fine handmade Amalfi paper looks out upon the Pantheon, while slick boutiques anchor the corners of 18th-century Piazza di Spagna. Across town in the colorful hive that is Monti, a second-generation mosaic artist creates Italian masterpieces on a street named for a pope who died before America was even discovered. Even in Trastevere, one can find one of Rome's rising shoe designers creating next-century nuovo chic shoes nestled on a side street beside one of the city’s oldest churches.

This chapter will help shopaholics choose the perfect souvenir for someone back home, find a vintage poster, choose a boutique for those molto chic Versace sandals, or rustle up some truffles. When you’re done filling your bags with memories of Mamma Roma, you can be sure of two things: that you’ll be nostalgic for Caput Mundi long after you arrive back home, and that you’ve saved a few coins to throw into that fabulous, famous fountain.

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Superga

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In business for over 100 years, Superga sells those timeless sneakers that every Italian wears at some point, in classic white or—yum—a...

Taro

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Designed by owners Marisa Pignataro and Enrico Natoli, Taro's chic handmade knitwear in unusual yarns and striking colors is handmade...

Tebro

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First opened in 1867 and listed with the Associazione Negozi Storici di Roma (Association of Historic Shops of Rome), Tebro is a classic...

Tod's

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With just 30 years under its belt, Tod's has grown from a small family brand into a global powerhouse so wealthy that its owner, Diego...

Trimani Vinai a Roma dal 1821

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In business since 1821, Trimani Vinai a Roma occupies an entire block near Termini station with one of the city's largest selection of...

Valentino

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Since taking the Valentino reins nearly 10 years ago, creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have faced numerous...

Versace

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Versace's new Rome flagship, which opened in a palazzo at the Piazza di Spagna in fall 2013, is a gem of architecture and design, with...

Vestiti Usati Cinzia

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Vintage clothes hunters, costume designers, and stylists alike love browsing through the racks at Vestiti Usati Cinzia. The shop is fun...

Via Sannio

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The mercato (market) on Via Sannio is the perfect place for flea-market junkies looking for something borrowed or something new. Rummage...

Volpetti

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A Roman institution, Volpetti sells excellent cured meats and salami. Its rich aromas and flavors are captivating from the moment you...

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