Posted on July 29th, 2011 No comments
The eternal city of Rome has a number of desirable high street shopping areas and designer boutiques and If you want to spend time shopping in Rome, there is an endless choice of places for you to choose in the old center.
Throughout the city of Rome, the city’s shops and stores are very attractive with their elaborate window displays of colourful fashion items and numerous interesting oddities. In the old center all the streets are always over-flowing with shoppers from around the globe looking for their own version of Italian style.
The greatest ateliers are situated in the so-called “quadrilateral” area, which includes the most refined elite shopping roads of the capital. Via Borgognona, Piazza di Spagna, Via Bocca di Leone, Via Tomacelli, Via Mario dei Fiori, Via Belsiana, Via Gregoria-na and Via del Babuino. If you’re looking for accommodation, have a look at this vacation rental apartment in the spanish steps area !The best shopping area for fashion is along Via Condotti and Via Frattina, from Via del Corso to Piazza di Spagna, and all of the avenues in between. Shop windows are dressed with jewellery, foot-wear, and Italian designer clothes. Piazza di Spagna, nowadays closed to traffic, has prestigious boutiques like Valentino, Dolce e Gabbana, Missoni, Sergio Rossi, Genny, Rocco Barocco and Krizia. You can also find historic antique dealers such as Carlo Maria Fallani, Franco and Alberto Di Castro, Fabrizio Apolloni, Antonnacci Efrti, Ida Benucci and Cesare Lampronti. The Spanish Steps square leads then into the most famous and elegant shopping streets of Rome:
- Via Condotti is one of the most elegant streets in the world, lined with the shops such as Bulgari, who opened his “atelier” here in 1905, Hermés, Cartier, Ferragamo, Battistoni (an historical Roman atelier of male tailored fashion), Valentino, Gucci, Prada and Max Mara.
- Via Frattina (Gente, Pollini, Versace, Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti).
- On Via del Corso, alongside century-old shops (such as Radiconcini which sells men’s hats and classic accessories), there are a variety of megastores that sell everything from leather goods to athletic wear and casual clothing.
Some information for shopping lovers
VALENTINO – Valentino opened his first atelier in Rome in Via Condotti, and hit success and is one of the cinema world’s famous designers: stars such as Liz Taylor, Joan Collins, Julia Roberts and Claudia Cardinale wear his creations at gala evenings such as the Night of the Oscars. LAURA BIAGIOTTI – so-called the “Queen of Cashmere”, is famous for her fine cashmere knitwear and for her frequent use of the white colour in her creations. FENDI – This maison was set up in 1925 in Rome as a fur coat and leather goods shop. Later, the five Fendi sisters created the label that is famous worldwide. GAI MATTIOLO – Born in 1968 in Roma, he began his career as a fashion designer very early and is now one of the most popular “young” names in fashion.GIORGIO ARMANI – Understated and elegant, the Armani woman is unmistakably always at ease.
Delicately strong day-wear and evening designs inevitably leave a memorable mark. CHANEL - Exclusive maison of style’s spacious quarters near the chic Piazza di Spagna, featuring accessories, perfume, jewellery, watches and the luxurious prêt-a-porter collections.
The most prestigious antique shops are in Via Margutta, Via del Corso, and contemporary designers and stylists are in Via del Babuino.
Shopping in Rome: VIA DEL GOVERNO VECCHIO / NAVONA
Via del Governo Vecchio is a tiny street accross Corso Vittorio Emanuele and behind Piazza Navona. This is the place where all the new trendiest designers want to open a shop. You can find stores like S.B.U, Luna & L’Altra, Josephine de Huertas & Company, which sells bright, irreverent shirt dresses and candy-hued blouse.
They are also the exclusive seller of Paul Smith Women in
Italy. Check out Arsenale for something elegant. Structured gowns and floor-length skirts made by its owner, Patrizia Pieroni, (recently on sale for 310 euros) look more like sculpture than something you’d wear. Visit then Paola Frani a designer who made a name for herself with girlie tops and floral dresses.
Wonderful antique shops are also located in both Via dei Coronari and Via Giulia, the street behind Palazzo Farnese. This latter street, situated between the Palazzo and the Tiber River, is filled with shops containing extensive selections of antique furniture and art, making it one of the most fascinating streets in Rome. Generally all the shops are open from 9 am (9:30 in the center city) to 1pm and from 4 pm to 7.30 pm.
Always open (from 10am until midnight) is the gorgeous shoe and jewels shop diSanGiacomo (Via di Tor Millina, 10/11). They make fab and unique handmade jewels and sandals with jewels produced in the workshop just behind the shop!
Recently listed by the Guardian amongst the 10 best shop in Rome:
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