When you visit Rome, shopping should be on your to-do list. Italy is known for its high-quality goods and it would be a shame if you came home empty-handed.
Wondering what to buy in Rome? Check out the leather goods, jewellery, antiques, and clothing when you're in Tridente. This shopping district comprises three main streets (Via del Corso, Via del Babuino, and Via di Ripetta) and the alleys that link them together.
Rome is home to Italian designer brands as well as smaller boutiques. If you want to find a bargain, try your luck at the flea markets.
Although it's only a short street, Via Margutta is full of interesting things. This was where artists such as Caravaggio, Picasso, and Fellini resided. It’s also where Gregory Peck’s character in Roman Holiday lived. Today, it's lined with small local shops selling high-quality items. You’ll find genuine leather goods, furniture, and jewellery all along this stretch of shops.
Although its name literally means ‘baboon's street’ because of a hairy statue, Via del Babuino is actually quite sophisticated. This character-filled street is lined with Italian and international brands carrying the latest in Roman fashion. You can also browse antique stores and art galleries. If you need a new novel to read, drop by a bookstore to find some books in English.
After walking down the Spanish Steps, keep strolling down the Via Condotti. It's an excellent place to go window shopping as the stores have interesting displays. You'll also find Italian designer brands such as Gucci, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Dolce & Gabbana. Enter their stores to get excellent customer service provided by knowledgeable staff.
Visit Via del Corso when you're in search of international brands. Rome's main thoroughfare is also the address of Galleria Alberto Sordi. Covered by a stained glass ceiling, this shopping and leisure centre is a great place to wander around. Via del Corso gets packed around noon, so be sure to do your shopping in the morning.
Apart from food markets such as the Mercato di Testaccio, you can also visit markets dedicated to clothes and furniture. You'll find many locals going to Porta Portese, the biggest flea market in Rome, every Sunday morning. For anyone looking for literature, art and antiques, visit the Fontanella Borghese Market. Here you'll find sellers who can tell you the history of their wares.