Shopping In Rome, Italy – All The Best Shopping Streets! maj 1, 2022 – Posted in: Italy, Travel – Tags: Holiday, Italy, Rome, Shopping, Vacations, Weekend Breaks
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Where to go shopping in Rome?
When you go shopping in Rome, you might as well bring your biggest bag! The city has shops for all budgets, shapes and likes, and there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. There are many designer shops in Rome, but you can also find cheaper alternatives from local brands.
The city has several shopping streets, some of them close to Rome main attractions, making it easy to go shopping in between sightseeing. In this article, you’ll get the best Rome Shopping Guide for Italian fashion, souvenirs and food!
Shopping streets in Rome
If you are looking for the main shopping street in Rome, you will find that each neighborhood has its own major or minor shopping street. In Ludovisi you can find Rome’s most exclusive shopping street, Via Veneto, with brands such as Luisa Spagnoli, known for its classic lines.
From the Spanish Steps, a network of shopping streets spreads out. In Via dei Condotti, Via Borgognona and Via Frattina you can meet all the famous designer shops: Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Michael Kors. All the streets here lead down to what can be described as the Main Shopping Street in Rome, Via del Corso. At del Corso you will find the all the known high street stores, for like Mango, Miss Sixty and Benetton.
On Sunday nights, when cars are not allowed to drive inside the city center, the streets are packed with local Romans strolling around. The shops are open and the atmosphere is amazing!
Happy spouse = peaceful house
And a little bonus info: If both you and your spouse want a joyful shopping trip, there is an excellent sports pub, The Highlander, right around the corner from Spanish Steps. The small Scottish pub shows all kinds of sports all day long, along with serving beers and hot nachos.
Artisan and vintage shops in Rome
However, it is in the smaller shopping streets outside the center that you can find something you just can not get anywhere else. As you walk from St. Peter’s Basilica and up towards the Ottaviano metro station, you will encounter many smaller shops. If you turn right onto Via Cola di Rienzo you will find the large Italian chain stores. Here you can get really smart clothes at fair prices. In the area around the Vatican there are large residential areas and thus also small, local shops, which are worth a visit.
If you are looking for vintage shops, unique crafts and local designers, then take a trip to Monti, Rome’s old working class neighborhood. Get off at Cavour Metro Station. From here you cross over to Via Leonina, continuing further up Via del Boschetto or Via dei Serpenti until you hit Via Panisperna. There are small gems all over, so take a tour down the allys as well.
Markets in Rome
Part of the shopping experience in Rome is also a visit to the wonderful markets that you will find everywhere in the city. Best known is probably Campo de ‘Fiori, the traditional flower market that today trades mostly in food. The market is very touristy, so do also visit one of the local food markets, like the Mercato dell’Unità near the Vatican. Here you will find fresh vegetables, fish and small food stalls.
Every Sunday you will find the town’s longest flea market in Trastevere. Start at Porta Portese and continue along the stalls with dresses, used books, plastic toys and vegetables until your feet are sore. If you come here to shop for exquisite antiques, you will be disappointed, but if you want to experience the local life and a great atmosphere, this is the place!
Shopping Centres and Malls in Rome
There are several shopping malls in Rome, but three of the largest should be mentioned here: Rinascente, Porta di Roma and Castel Romano Designer Outlet. Rinascente is located between the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, while the Porta di Roma is 13 km north of Rome.
Castel Romano Designer Outlet is an outlet village as you may already know it from all the bigger cities. Here you can buy designer goods in last year’s design, often with big discounts. Shuttle buses run from Termini Station to the Castel Romano Designer Outlet.
Opening hours in Rome
The shops in Rome usually open at 9 am and close again at 1 pm. After lunch it is open from 15:30 – 19:30. On Sundays, many small shops are closed, while the shops in the major shopping streets and shopping centers are open. If you are going shopping in Rome, you will also be happy to know that on Saturday night all the Romans are on the streets and the shops are open.
Find a great hotel in Rome
On Booking.com you get thousands of hotels to choose from when you search for accomodation in Rome. It can be difficult to choose – which hotel is actually the best hotel in Rome? Rome offers hotels in all price ranges, and here you get recommendations for good hotels in Rome, all of which can be booked through Booking.com. See more hotels by performing your own search here:
An apartment in Rome for a family
On our last visit to Rome, we stayed in a beautiful apartment with the most amazing view of St. Peter’s Church. St Peter’s View Apartment is located a 10 minute walk from St. Peter’s Square. The apartment consists of two rooms, a living room, shower & toilet and a small kitchen.
However, we never got to use the kitchen! Just around the corner from the apartment is the small café Capitan Cono. Here we had our morning coffee every day and the crispiest croissants, and dinner was eaten at some of all the lovely restaurants in Rome. Read more about the apartment here: St Peter’s View Apartment
A holiday in a medieval defence tower
If you want a completely unique hotel experience, book a room in Residenza Torre Colonna. The tower was built in 1247 to protect the distinguished Colonna family and today houses an exclusive boutique hotel. The old medieval defense tower has five spacious rooms and is located right in the center right next to all the major sights.
Bring your breakfast up on the small roof terrace and enjoy the view of the very oldest part of the city. Residenza Torre Colonna is a hotel for those who want to be in the middle of history, but with a spa and air conditioning.
An affordable hotel in quirky Trastevere
On the other side of the Tiber lies Trastevere, an area that offers plenty of good restaurants and bars. Within walking distance of Campo de ‘Fiori you will find an affordable guest house, Relais Le Clarisse. The small and charming B&B was formerly a convent belonging to the Order of Le Clarisse.
For a small fee, you can have breakfast in the old herb garden of the nunnery, under the shady olive and citrus trees. Right in front of the hotel there are both buses and trams, ready to transport you right to the city center. Relais Le Clarisse is for you who want to stay on a budget in the middle of the historic city life of Trastevere.
How do you get to Rome?
Rome has two airports: Ciampino and Fiumicino. Ciampino is the oldest and smallest and is mainly used by the low cost airlines. Fiumicino is the largest, with more than 25 million passangers every year. Both airports are located south of the city, but at different ends, so remember to take the location of the airport into account when booking your hotel in Rome.