Rome

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When it comes time to bring home a souvenir from your vacation, ShermansTravel experts know just where to go. Whether it’s a high-end leather purse or an authentic, locally made craft, we show you which stores and markets to hit up for all your shopping needs – while highlighting the best steals and bargains in your destination.

Shopping in Rome

Città dell’ Altra Economia

The Città dell' Altra Economia, meaning "the city of the other economy," opened in late 2007 and has become a gourmet mecca with a market, shops, and café devoted to organic and fair-trade goods.

Largo Dino Frisullo, 011-39-348-805-9332, www.cittadellaltraeconomia.org
Tags: shopping | great value | things to do

Mondello Ottica

People from around the world make pilgrimages to this eyeglass store, but the funky stylings don’t come cheap.

Via del Pellegrino 97/98, 011-39-06-686-1955, www.mondelloottica.it
Tags: shopping | expensive | smart splurge | trendy | sunglasses

Piazza di Spagna

The streets just off the Piazza are where you’ll find the main showrooms for big names like Armani, Prada, Valentino, and so on. Start off on Via dei Condotti and then keep wandering.

Piazza di Spagna, www.rome.info/shopping
Tags: shopping | expensive | editor pick | things to do | designer

Piazza Navona

You’ll discover art galleries and antique shops in the streets surrounding this piazza; there’s also a great toy shop called Al Sogno, where Pinocchio fans can get their fill.

Piazza Navona, www.alsogno.com (Italian only)
Tags: shopping | expensive | art | things to do | eclectic

Porta Portese

Rome’s best flea market offers great bargains on antiques, clothes, housewares, and just about anything else you can imagine. Just keep your hand on your wallet at all times.

Via Portuense and Via Ippolito Nievo, www.rome.info/shopping/markets
Tags: budget | shopping | great value | things to do | flea market

The Corso

This broad avenue stretching from the Piazza del Popolo to the Victor Emmanuel Monument is lined with stores and shopping malls featuring familiar names like Adidas and Diesel as well as shops selling knock-offs.

, www.rome.info/shopping
Tags: shopping | moderate | trendy | designer

Via Cola di Renzo

In this upscale neighborhood north of the Vatican you’ll find a pleasant shopping street anchored by the COIN department store as well as Castroni, a gourmet food shop that sells all kinds of regional Italian specialties.

, www.castronigroup.it
Tags: shopping | moderate | culinary | menswear

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