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Shopping in Rome

The stores for shopping in Rome, especially in the glamorous fashion vias adjacent to the Spanish Steps, are brimming with ideas fresh from the catwalk.

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THE BIG SHOPS

The Rome shopping scene is less department stores, more streets of boutiques.

La Rinascente: Piazza Colonna, Open for shopping Monday to Saturday: 9.30 am - 10.00 pm and Sunday 10.30 am - 8.00 pm. Men's accessories, women's accessories, lingerie, men's underwear, sportswear, streetwear, gifts, perfumes, jewellery etc. map 1

THE SPECIALISTS

For antique prints: one of the oldest galleries of its kind in Rome, the Galleria di Castro (Via del Babuino 71) is a gallery for antique prints from the 16th to the 19th century specializing in Roman scenes. Open Monday through Saturday 10 am 8pm. map 2

For accessories: leading world producer of luxury accessories and clothing, at Gucci (Via Condotti 8) you'll find quality materials, a craftsman's care, and avant-garde designs. map 3

For a bag: Furla (Piazza di Spagna 22 and Via Condotti 55-56). Bags, small leathergoods, shoes, jewellery, watches, sunglasses, belts. map 4

For children's clothing: Pure Sermonetta (Via Frattina 111) offers clothing for children 0 - 14 years of age. Brands include Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli Junior and Gianfranco Ferrè. Silvana del Plato (Via della Vite 75) sells clothes for chi ldren 0 - 12 of age by some of Italy's most prestigious companies as well as handmade baby clothes in wool, cotton and cashmere made to order. map 5

For chocolate: hidden down a tiny alleyway, Chocolate & Praline Cioccolateria (Vicolo della Torretta 18) has delightful presentation boxes of traditional chocs and candied fruits with organic ingredients. map 6

For affordable clothing: Sisley (Via Condotti 59 and Via Del Corso 413-4-5) is a brand that offers a revolutionary way of dressing compared with the standards of the time, in perfect tune with the most avant-garde. The Benetton Megastore (Via del Corso 414) carries complete casual womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and underwear collections, as well as a wide selection of accessories, offering a full range of Benetton style and quality. The Diesel flagship store (Via del Corso 188) has grown from a simple jeans and clothing company to a major fashion brand, offering the maximum of creativity and innovation. map 7

For decorative prints: Diana Marchetti (Via Vittoria 28) specializes in decorati ve prints, mostly floral subjects, from the 17th to early 20th centuries. Also sells feature views of Rome and prints of cats and dogs. map 8

For flowers: Florist Franz Steiner, a former Swiss guard at the Vatican, is famous worldwide for his Art Nouveau bouquets of tulips and Coburg roses as well as camellias, ivy, and thyme, yellow Iceland poppies. Tulipani Bianchi (Via dei Bergamaschi 59). map 9

For food products: Chiurato (Via due Macelli 61, next to McDonald's off Piazza di Spagna) offers a vast assortment of food products (pasta, balsamic vinegar, spices) and items for the home. map 10

For gloves: highest quality with stars and politicians among his faithful clients, Giorgio Sermonetta (Piazza di Spagna 61) has an inventory of 100,000 pairs of gloves. map 11

For gold and silver: Pulcini Gino (Via del Lavatore 93) is one of Rome's most famous gold and silversmiths. Selection of cameos featuring cats and dogs. Corals and custom-made jewellery. map 12

For a hat: the Italians really know how to do good hats and the place for classic headgear in Rome has to be Radiconcini (Via del Corso 139). This narrow shop has every shape and colour for any occasion. map 13

For jewellery: Bulgari (Via dei Condotti 10) is the Italian design store for jewels, watches, perfumes and accessories, representing the height of Italian jewellery. Its Renaissance-inspired pieces are famous the world over. map 14

For kitschy t-shirts and accessories: Fiorucci (Via Mario de' Fiori 54) displays Fiorucci's signature angels on T-shirts and delights adolescents with kitschy gadgets and accessories. map 15

For knitwear: Missoni (Piazza di Spagna 78) has a magical way with knitwear, on display in the windows facing the Spanish Steps. There is plenty more for men and women inside. map 16

For lingerie: if you're going to splash out on some stylish undies, La Perla (Via Condotti 78) is the place to go. Pricey, but less than other European cities such as London. map 17

For linen: Lavori Artigianali Fem minili (Via Capo le Case 6) offers embroidered household linens, exquisitely embroidered layettes and christening dresses, hand-knitted suits for babies and small children, and women's blouses. map 18

For trendy kitchens: tea-strainers never looked so cool - Arte (Piazza Rondanini 32) is full of ultrahip, ultramodern household items from chic names like Alessi, all housed in a magnificent 18th-century palace. map 19

For marble and mosaic art: Maurizio Grossi (Via Margutta 109) specializes in tasteful marble and mosaic reproductions of classical works of art, as well as original souvenirs, like his life-size marble fruits and vegetables, which make stunning table decorations. The figs and peaches look so real you'll want to eat them! map 20

For men's clothing: Ermenegildo Zegna (Via Borgognona 7e) is one of Italy's finest manufacturers of men's clothing. Zegna's classic ready-to-wear line is made of the firm's premier fabrics (the clothing line is a spin-off of the family's century-old textile industry). For outdoor wear, Zegna has developed innovative fabrics for rain jackets and car coats. map 21

For music: You can listen to Italy's Top 40 pop hits at the entrance of Messaggerie Musicali superstore (Via del Corso 473). A large selection of sheet music is available, including songbooks by Italy's most popular roc k stars. map 22

For shoes: Campanile (Via Condotti 58) is the name in classic Italian shoes for men and women. The shoes are costly but their quality is unbeatable. map 23

For sportswear: Belfe e Belfe (Via del Gambero 9) stocks sportswear, including boating and golf shoes, as well as all-weather jackets, soft sweaters, and designer running suits. map 24

For stationery: Francesco Pineider (Via dei Due Macelli 68) opened his first custom stationery shop in 1770s Florence, fast becoming stationer of choice for princes and poets. Wonderful gifts for the sophisticated - the finest papers, writing sets and leather goods designed by Italy's master craftsmen. map 25

For sweets and cakes: At Pasticceria D'Angelo (Via della Croce 30) you'll find beautifully decorated and heavenly tasting cakes and petit fours. map 26

For ties: After his success with gloves, Giorgio Sermonetta (Piazza di Spagna 78 A) created a new line for ties and foulards. Half of the store is Sermonetta products, the other half designer items. map 27

For toys: Galleria San Carlo (Via del Corso 114) has an ample selection of Italian-made dolls and a forest of wooden Pinocchios. map 28

For a wedding dress: Valentino (Via Condotti 13, Via Bocca di Leone 15, Via del Babuino 61). map 29

For wine: Rome's oldest and best wine shop was founded in 1821 by Francesco Trimani (Via Goito 20 - close to Des Artistes) his descendant Marco now presides. Purchases can be shipped anywhere. map 30

THE DESIGNERS

  • Giorgio Armani: Via Condotti 77 map 31
  • Dolce&Gabbana: Piazza di Spagna 93 map 32
  • Versace: Women: Via Bocca di Leone 26 - 27, Men: Via Borgognona 24 - 25 map 33
  • Salvatore Ferragamo: Women: Via Condotti 73-74, Men: Via Condotti 65 map 34
  • Roberto Cavalli: Via Borgognona 7a map 35
  • Fendi: Via Borgognona 36 - 40 map 36
  • Laura Biagiotti: Via Borgognona 43 map 37

SHOPPING HOURS

Many shops in Rome don't open until lunchtime on Mondays. From Tuesday to Saturday, traditional times are 9am-1pm and 4pm-7.30pm. In December, these are often extended