There is a whole little row of street-vendor type book stalls right at Piazza Republica at Termini. Salvatore is my favorite seller there and I stop by every chance I get. He always has something new and now knows what I like - here he found Rafaele books I had been looking for and kept them for me. All the seller here carry Italian language books - the art books are incredible and great bargains. Salvatore and the larger stall up toward Termini are the best of the lot.
What to buy: Art books at great prices
What to pay: They will all work with you on prices
This just happens to be my personal favorite here in Rome as it was in Milano - primarily due to the personal assistance rendered by the staff here - perhaps it also has to do with finding the little hardcover, elasticized, pocket notebook indispensable to many writers - the "Hemingway notepad" as it is sometimes called. Load up when you find them as they are not so easy to get - perfect size for waist pouch. Photo 3. You will find foreign books in 60 languages (including English), books for kids, computers, didactic, dictionaries, eastern philosophies. The staff here will find the book you want - if not in their particular shop, they will search other Feltrinelli shops to see where it might be available for you. They treat you as if you were a permanent privileged client - not a transient tourist. They had no way to know that I do, in fact, reside in Rome and am not a tourist.
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What to buy: Books in your choice of 60 languages.
Interesting shop to poke around in - photographs, guides, postcards, magazines, and art books (mostly in Italian) but because they are devoted to film, they are mostly filled with photographs. Also, some nice cinema posters/playbills.
What to buy: Italian version posters of American movies. - very fun! Jerry Lewis looks even more wacky with Italian captions!
What to pay: From a few euros on up.
For friendly help with finding that rare read you have been looking for, go to the English bookshop on Via di Ripetta, just off Piazza del Popolo. It had all the current best-sellers and two of the friendliest ladies helped me find the book I wanted.
I saw quite a few of these shops around Rome, with the best being in the mall along Via del Corso, across from the Parliment building going towards Piazza Venezia. The other one I used was located on Via Babuino near Piazza del Popolo. The one in the mall definitely had a bigger selection of English books. You can find your best sellers as well as guide books and maps.
What to buy: For those down-time moments around town, you need a book right?!?
What to pay: Most books I saw were 8-12 Euro
What to buy:
I wanted to buy Alessandro Baricco novels while I was in Rome. I was in Trastevere one day and I happened to find a small shop where I bought "Novecento", "Seta", and his latest, "Senza Sangue". I think you can also get these books in the English version online. If you saw the recent movie "Legend of 1900", it was based on the book Novecento .
What to pay: Cheaper than in US.
Novecento cost 4,50 Euro.
This shop specializes in all kinds of books (in Italian). I bought cookbooks, magazines, and Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio book (the movie had just come out). Of special interest to me was a Roman recipe book with pictures.
What to pay: Italian books and magazines in Little Italy, NY would cost much, much more.
MEL bookstores are available in few big cities in Italy and I just happened to get into this one here in the centre of Rome. It was rather impressive selections of books and also CDs and DVDs. Most in Italian of course :)
You can get every sort of books. Travel books, travel maps, every sort of school books, and of course literature from the past and the present. Also CD's and DVD's are being sold there.
Every shop I saw was beautiful and hug. I could have spent hours there...
What to buy: Books, books, books... I was looking for an easy one in italian, because my little knowledge in this language isn't used that often.
What to pay: Normal prices. Books aren't cheap anyhow.
In Rome at the piazza della Republica are a few book stands with very cheap secondhand books. Though most books are Italian you can find a lot of books about art there with great pictures. They're worth buying even if you can't read Italian.
There are also a lot of old cards of Roman monuments. Tourism in Rome seems to be of all ages and so are these cards. It's nice to see how some of the monuments looked so many years ago. You can even find out what the people thought about it, because some of these cards still have their stories on it.
What to pay: I used to pay 3.000 lires for those nice art books. That should be 1,5 euro now. I don't remember how expensive those cards where, I presume only a few cents.
There are also nice, but very expensive old maps.
Rome is the most beautiful city in the world for its fascinating monuments and archaeological sites.
Walk in the Imperial Fora, or in the Roman Forum, visit the Colosseum or the St. Peter Basilica, they all make the sensation of walking into the past. But often a tourist can't see how a monument was at the time of its creation: Vision guides "Past & Present" are the first, original archaeological guides that give an immediate sight of the past and the present, by using transparent reconstructions of the ancient monuments.
A unique gift to remember a trip to Rome!
What to pay: The guides cost is around € 10,00 (a cheap way to bring home a piece of Rome)
This is the store in roma for books, music and video games, they are with many locations some only with books like near us, and then bigger store in shopping centers and the most famous at galleria alberto sordi
for the cultural and music lover in you ,this store is for you, a must to visit while in Roma. Great selection, good prices ,nice decor, and friendly service.
What to buy: books, music cd's and video games were our load.
What to pay: similar prices than France
What to buy: Paper products, hand made book!
What to pay: 30~40 euro for a hand made book, the cover of this book used marbling technique