Shopping in Rome

If you want to spend time shopping in Rome, there is an endless choice of places for you to choose from. The most famous designer labels in Italian fashion that dominate the more elegant city streets to the outlets outside the city, to the old craftsmen' s shops and laboratories and the flea markets are the many different aspects of Rome's shopping reality.

The most famous fashion streets in Rome are three parallel streets that all meet with Via del Corso, starting from Piazza di Spagna. These are Via Condotti, Via Borgognona and Via Frattina. The most famous of the three is Via Condotti, which owes its name to the channels that carried water to the Agrippa thermal spa baths. Today it is one of the most elegant streets in the world, lined with the shops of the most famous fashion labels such as Bulgari, Hermes, Cartier, Ferragamo and Battistoni, a historical Roman atelier of male tailored fashion. In Via Borgognona there are other famous names such as Ferre, Fendi, Laura Biagiotti and Gai Mattiolo. Finally, in Via Frattina, there are the ateliers of Tiffany, Versace and Byblos.

Many streets in the old city center are still full of traditional Roman craftsmen' s shops such as old-style carpenters and expert restorers that are still concentrated in Via dei Cappellari. Via dei Sediari has been famous for hundreds of years for chairs, armchairs and other household objects made from wickerwork. The expert wrought iron forgers' laboratories can be found in Via degli Orsini. Via Santa Dorotea is the place to go for vases and other painted ceramic pieces. In Via dei Gigli d'Oro you can find reproductions of antique mosaics. Rome' s antique shops are located in Via dei Coronari, Via Giulia, Via Margutta, Via del Babuino and Via del Pellegrino.

Every morning in the picturesque market in Campo de' Fiori, fruit and vegetable stalls show off their seasonal wares. The bakers' shops and food shops surrounding the square are also waking your desire for food. For good wine lovers, many wine cellars in the city organize wine tasting courses and give information on vineyards, harvesting, fermentation and all the processes linked to the production of this nectar of the gods. Places in the city like that are "La Tradizione" and "Franchi".

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