Where to go shopping in Rome
The Italians certainly like their fashion so you wont be short of places to go to use that credit card and pick up some Italian or other famous brands that are on offer in the City. The city has various zones where you can go to do a spot of Shopping in Rome and its worth having a read before you set out to the shops to see which is the best place to start for what items or budget you are on. Most of the shopping can be done in the city centre areas or if you prefer to travel a little further the shopping malls usually offer better prices and will have many of the local brands too.
Luxury and high end Shopping in Rome
The most famous fashion streets to do Shopping in Rome are three parallel streets that all meet up with Via del Corso, starting from Piazza di Spagna or near there. The most famous shopping street and probably the most expensive is Via dei Condotti which is the street facing the Spanish Steps. Here you will find most of the worlds top brands including Prada, Gucci, Burberry,Bulgari, Luis Vuitton and many more, Via Borgognona and Via Frattina offer similar high end brands but are not as chic as those found in Condotti.
Trendy and Mainstream Shopping in Rome
For a little less expensive option and for or mainstream labels and chains focus your energies on Via del Corso which is the long shopping stretch that runs from Piazza Venezia all the way to Piazza del Popolo, here you can find many brands a little less expensive along with local brands at reasonable prices some of the well known brands include Adidas, Nike, Zara, Sisley, Miss Sixty and Disney. Also worth a looking at for some stores is Galleria Alberto Sordi facing Piazza Colonna on Via Del Corso.
If you dont find what your looking for at Via del Corso head up towards Piazza del Popolo and towards the Vatican City where you will walk down Via Cola di Rienzo which is a shopping street offering good quality Italian branded clothing and you can also find Castroni food store selling packaged Italian specialities from all regions of Italy along with International specialities.
Closer to Palladini Hostel you can try Via Nazionale for Shopping in Rome which has a selection of mid-range stores and plenty of shoe shops, also at Termini station there are many shops such as Nike, Desigual, Footlocker and Benetton and even a department Coin with many famous brands on sale which is at the end of the street from the hostel should you need to do some quick shopping for a night out or some gifts.
Markets in Rome
Porta Portese market is located at Via Portuense and is the only one on Sundays. You can take bus H from Termini station and tell the bus driver for the stop to Porta Portese. The market is large and sells a wide range of items from new and second to leather, arts and crafts, clothing and electronics and gadgets. The market strarts at 6.30am and runs till around 2pm.
You can try Rome’s oldest market is held on Campo Dei Fiori where you will find great fish, fresh vegetables, spices and other items for the kitchen, its only a small market so if your looking to have a good look around for different things Porta Portese is the best choice.
Shopping Outlets / Malls
Castel Romano Designer Outlet is an outdoor Shopping in Rome mecca just outside of the city with plenty of top Brands at better prices than you will find in the city centre. Open from Mon.-Thurs. 10am-8pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-9pm. Castel Romano is located at Via Ponte di Piscina Cupa, 64, Castel Romano. It’s got: 110 stores and you can get there by shuttle bus (40 mins), take the big red bus from Via Marsala 8, just outside the Termini station which is the opposite side of Termini station from Four Seasons Hostel buses are at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, or 6:45pm, for 12 euros return.For further information about the outlet, the shops,directions and up to date opening/closing and stores listings you can see the website www.mcarthurglen.com/it/castel-romano-designer-outlet/en/
A second option for out of town Shopping in Rome is the Valmontone Outlet which is open from 10am-8pm Monday to Friday, 10am-9pm on weekends and is located at Via della Pace, Pascolaro, Valmontone. By shuttle (50 mins), take the shuttle from the Terracafe at Via Marsala 29 outside Termini at 10am, and the price is approx 5 euros return but you can go to Terracafe to check exact times and prices. For more information about the shops at there and directions you can check the www.valmontoneoutlet.com
Porta di Roma shopping mall is a more out of town typical shopping mall which boasts a network of stores of more than 220, from clothing and accessories, technology and food, among which you will find the Auchan supermarket and a cinema complex. Its open from Monday To Friday From 10:00 am until 10:00 pm and Saturdays and Sunday from 09:00 am until 10:00 pm. Bus 38 from Termini station or Metro Line B1 to Conca D’Oro then take bus 80 or 38 outside the station which stops at Porta di Roma. For the Porta di Roma website see www.galleriaportadiroma.it