Window-watching in the high fashion streets of Rome - such as via Condotti, via Frattina, etc - is indeed a pleasant experience. But should you want to go for shopping where the locals go, please find here some tips from CNDCEC staff…
Via Cola di Rienzo (Prati neighbourhood, close to the Vatican): it is a popular shopping destination for Romans. There are many shops selling fashions, bags, shoes etc. Here you can find good quality clothes and accessories for reasonable prices.
Via del Corso (City centre): Many shops in this street cater to younger crowd, and are great if you have teenagers traveling with you. Zara, H&M, KIKO Makeup, Sisley, Disel, Guess, Miss Sixty, Energie, Luisa Spagnoli, Adidas, Puma, Nike, … The list is almost endless. Half way up there, at piazza Colonna, is a posh looking complex of shops and spacious indoor cafe areas - the Galleria Colonna.
Tired from all the shopping you did? In a sidestreet (via di Lucina) you can stop for a movie at the Cinema Nuovo Olimpia, one of the few movie theaters in Rome showing films in their original language.
At the bottom of via del Corso, you will find Piazza del Popolo: this a beautiful square to visit, and its sidestreets (such as via del Babbuino) will delight you with small shops and original boutiques.
Via del Governo Vecchio (close to Piazza Navona): this is home for young/independent designers who have here their small boutiques and vintage clothes shops. If you're looking for something a bit more original, that's where you want to go. Also - via dei Giubbonari, connecting piazza Campo de' Fiori and via Arenula, has some interesting stores for clothes, shoes and bags.
Via Nazionale (only a tube stop from Termini station): Come to find plenty of shops where you can shop on a budget and get more value for your money. You can stop halfway for a good coffee and food souvenirs at Castroni, one of the most famous delicatessen shop of the city.
If antiquities and art is what you crave for, then don't miss via Margutta, a beautiful quiet street, where Federico Fellini used to live, or via dei Coronari: this pedestrian street is the reign of antique shops. Here it is possible to find pieces of every century: lamps, chairs, writing desks, pictures, stamps. Everything is quite pricey, but you can find little treasures to bring back home.
Porta Portese: Like Portobello in London, or Maché aux Puces in Paris, this is by far the biggest and most famous market of Rome. It is open only once a week, on Sundays mornings: so, if you happen to be in town and enjoy to go searching for the perfect dea,l this is the right place to go. Of course, pickpockets love it as well, so be careful with your belongings.
Wonderfool (via dei Banchi Nuovi 39): wellbeing, relax and shopping are key ingredients of this rather unique place, only a few steps from the lovely Piazza dell’Orologio. It is a wellness centre, but also a barber shop, a store and much more. Men are especially welcome and will have a chance to enjoy a luxurious barber experience, combining the most authentic Italian tradition with the latest trends in hairdressing.
Food lovers and gourmets: the place for you is Eataly (close to Ostiense Station). This is the local temple of Italian food and cuisine, where you can find specialties from each and every all Italian region, books of recipes (in English too) and small thematic restaurants and cafés for tasty and not expensive meals.
For an authentic taste of Rome, we would also suggest you try one of the many unpolished “pizzeria” and “osterie” of Rome. Dar Poeta (Trastevere neighborhood ), Baffetto (via del Governo Vecchio), Augustarello (Testaccio) are among our favorites. Please be informed that in informal places like these, it is not always possible to book a table. You just have to drop in!