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 delicous 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 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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A. Testoni

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Amedeo Testoni, the brand's founder and original designer, was born in 1905 in Bologna, the heart of Italy's shoemaking territory. In...

Ai Monasteri

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Among dark-wood paneling, choirlike alcoves, and painted angels, at Ai Monasteri you'll find traditional products made by Italy's diligent...

Al Sogno

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If you're looking for quality toys that encourage imaginative play and learning, look no further than Al Sogno. With an emphasis on the...

Almost Corner Bookshop

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Busting at the seams, with not an ounce of space left on its shelves, this tiny little bookshop is a favorite meeting point for English...

Anglo-American Book Co.

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A large and friendly English-language bookstore with more than 45,000 books, Anglo-American Book has been a mecca for English-language...

Anteprima

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For afro-style and gypsy chic inspired clothing, Anteprima has a delightful selection of eye catching pieces that will have you turning...

Antica Caciara Trasteverina

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All of the Trasteverini come to this deli to get their hands on some of the freshest ricotta in town. Step inside and you and you'll...

Antica Erboristeria Romana

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Complete with hand-labeled wooden drawers holding more than 200 varieties of herbs, flowers, and tinctures, Antica Erboristeria Romana...

Antica Farmacia Pesci dal 1552

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In business since 1552, the Antica Farmacia–-likely Rome's oldest pharmacy–-is run by a family of pharmacists. The shop's 18th-century...

Arsenale

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Roman designer Patrizia Pieroni's sleek, unique, high-end fashion items that stand out no matter the season. Her store, Arsenale, features...

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