Made in Italy! – A Shopper’s Guide to Rome

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If you’re looking for top designer names or brands you may want to start browsing along Via Condotti. This renowned street leads up to Piazza di Spagna and is home to top designer stores such as Gucci, Fendi, Prada and Dior just to name a few. Many Rome guidebooks will highlight this area as the main shopping point. However, don’t be disappointed if you are on a more modest budget, Via del Corso is just right around the corner! On this street you will hit a wide variety of local stores as well as international favorites such as Benetton and Zara. Book lovers are not to miss the multi-level Feltrinelli bookstore located within a small shopping mall called Galleria Alberto Sordi. This is also a good place to stop for a foamy Cappuccino or a coffee while you’re there. If you’re in the Vatican area you may want to take a stroll down Via Cola di Rienzo and visit the Coin department store. Here you’ll also find a wide variety of local shops and street merchants that sell at very low prices.

Do beware of vendors selling fake handbags and sunglasses particularly around the Termini station and Piazza Vittorio (Rome’s Chinatown). Under Italian law, it is a crime to buy or sell any type of imitation items. Possible fines could be up to 3,000 euro, usually handed down by the undercover police. So it’s best not to risk turning your holiday into a legal nightmare.

As for markets, here is where you will find Rome’s best bargains! The largest and most popular one is near Trastevere and is called Porta Portese. This market is only open on Sundays and sells both new and used items at great prices. Information on Porta Portese can be found in most major Rome tourist guides. There is no admission fee to enter and it’s a great place to buy cheap souvenirs. During weekday mornings, great bargains can also be found along Via Sannio close to the Church of San Giovanni. Getting here is easy since it is located right off the Metro A stop of San Giovanni.

Unfortunately, for some travelers visiting from outside the European region, the Euro is likely to be much stronger. In this case, finding a good buy may be a bit trickier.

write by Neala


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