This is a shoping center, mall just in the outskirts of Roma at metro stop Cinecittà from termini.
The place was an idea to check how local lives their daily life and get away from the center of roma. This is the way we travel. We love the fact tha we can see wonderful sights with interaction with the local and their daily routines. Really get to know the country.
the cinecittà due mall is two levels nicely architecturally done, air conditioned and plenty of parking. The two levels have eating places, and surrounded by many stores with terrace space for a look at Rome from the outside.
What to buy: the gang love the gamestop store for video games and we had a great lunch at bartender factory.
What to pay: general mall prices
well when visiting with grownup kids the video games are a must to visit,and you need to balance from old stones to modern film to keep all happy.
So we when to find these places and found gamestop, its a nice store full of video games in all systems found in shopping centers like porta di roma.
its all you need for your video games needs and more, the young will appreciate coming here
What to buy: video games in all systems
What to pay: good prices comparable to France where we live
We came upon this store by accident, walking along Via Ottaviano towards the Vatican. We saw a figure of a knight in armour on the sidewalk (pavement) and went closer. Inside a small courtyard was another figure of a wizard by a sign that said "Storia e Magia" and we saw that there was a shop in there. When we went in we discovered it was chock full of beautiful and wondrous things. Not only are there lovely gift items but a lot of the shop contains items related to famous fantasy movies and series like Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter etc. And this isn't cheap tat either. You can buy full sized swords as seen in these movies, you can buy a replica of Gandalf's wooden staff. You can purchase gold LOTR engraved "Precious" rings.
There are amazingly detailed sculptures of LOTR characters, They have costumes for medeival role playing. There are beautiful and very different types of chess sets. There are small cast metal figures of knights, soldiers. You can buy beautiful writing implements, jewellry, ornaments. There's a whole room with figures of fairies, elves, and angels. Another room has the chess sets and other modern movie related items. You could spend hours in there looking at everything.
The only downside we found was that the staff were very picky about taking photos and followed us around the whole time we were browsing. I found that a bit off putting but i did manage to sneak one photo of the sword display.
What to buy: All types of things relating to medieval interests, fantasty movies.
Check out the website, a very small selection of what they sell. It is only in Italian but it seems like they do sell online.
What to pay: It's not a cheap store but the items are top quality and very collectible
De Sanctis 1890 has Beautiful Italian pottery. A nice selection of S de Simone pieces. Very nice and helpful sales, they have global refund forms and can ship anywhere. Well worth the visit
What to buy: Italian pottery
What to pay: I found the prices to be just about the same as what I would pay in USA if it were available. Much better selection
Be sure and check to see if the stores you shop support global refund. You must get the paper work at each store in which you purchase goods. You have to spend about 156euros in one day to be eligible but if you are buying nicer items it is well worth the time and effort. You take the completed paper work to the airport and get a custom stamp. The custom stamp is given in an office to one side in the area where you get your boarding pass in the airport. Then the refund is directly across from that. There were no lines and everything was very easy. Global Refund.com has a list of the sites where these are available. Be aware that the site may not be up to date so check the airport site as well.
Go out to the factory outlets about 20 miles outside of Rome, heres a link:
Fashon District Valmontone Factory Outlet
00038 Valmontone (RM)
Via della Pace, località Pascolaro
Tel.: 06 9599491
Located in Valmontone, one of the main towns in the outskirts of Rome, the outlet is about 40 km away from the Capital, on the Roma-Napoli artery in the "Roman Hills" area.
cheers tommy x
What to buy: everything leather
What to pay: euro is down so the deals are great 2012
This family-run shop features fine Italian Jewelry. The owner, Fabrizio Bevilacqua, welcomes you in a friendly atmposphere giving professional suggestion on each selected piece present in his shop. Tax refund available.For shopping lovers one place not to miss when in Rome.
You can contact him and find some of his best jewels selection in his web-site. Shipping all around the world.
What to buy: You will find prestigious brand names as Mikimoto, Mirko Visconti, Aor, Unoaerre, Fiorella gioielli...
Some exclusive pieces sold on line, creation upon request of personal jewels.
Watches: Breil, Raymond Weil, Philip Watch, Fossil, Altanus, 1a Classe.
Silverware: Acca, Del Conte.
What to pay: 18kt gold pendant starting from 30Euros(35USD) to exclusive pieces up to 15,000Euros(18,000USD)
The area around Piazza di Spagna was so crowded that we couldn’t pass through! It was christmas period and people went crazy on shopping especially on Via Condotti where you find some of the huge brand names like Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Gucci, Prada, Bulgari, Cartier etc
People were lining outside many of these luxury stores just to get in! I wonder if they all had a lot of cash with them… :)
Although we didn’t buy clothes in Rome we had a feeling that clothing in Rome is less expensive than in Milan and of course you can find many small boutiques with much lower prices. There are some malls at the suburbs (we didn’t go but I’ve read about them) but there are so many streets with clothing stores that I cant see any reason for someone to go off the beaten path. Some streets you can check are Via Nazionale, Via del Corso and Via Cola Di Rienzo.
Department store probably similar to Frasers in the U K or JC Penney in the US, branches throught Italy and a total of six in Rome. The two we visit frequently are on the Via Cola di Reinzo which runs from the Tevere towards the Vatican, which has a basement supermarket, and the one by San Giovanni Metropolitana station (pictured).
Remember it is pronounced with two syllables - co-een
A great shop for finding the unexpected
What to buy: I always come back from my travels with a local cookbook - in coin I usually but some cooking utensils, such as an avocado corer last time I think!
What to pay: Average
(by no means a definitive list, they were just areas I happened to actually look at shops)
I liked the area Sta Maria in Trastevere and the river Tiber (Lgt Raff. Sanzio).
Also around the Trevi fountain.
and finally for windowshopping of all the top designer brands: Via dei Condotti, leading right up to the Spanish steps.
Mentioned elsewhere: Porta Portese market on Sundays 7 am to 2 pm.
L'Altra Cartolina sells postcards and posters with unique and non conventional scenes of Rome.
There are about 60 shots in all, portraying peculiar views from various areas of the city.
All print formats are provided in high-quality inks and paper
What to buy: Postcards (various sizes)
Larger formats are available by ordering
Avoid shopping in the Gardini Leather factory. My husband purchased two leather coats. One for himself and one for me. After wearing his coat two times, the dye started to rub off on the cuff. The salesman promised that if my husband purchased the wrong size for me, it could be exchanged for the correct size. We mailed my coat back insured from the United States for an exchange in size and Gardini refused delivery. We now have two coats that are useless to us.
The afternoon in late May that we walked into Sermoneta on via del Tritone a charming saleslady (please see photo) helped us with our purchase.
We were on the hunt for all-cotton, scene-patterned, jacquard, kitchen dishtowels. There were 10 scenes to choose from, the saleslady, who was very good in a subtle way, displayed all the choices. We picked one each from the olive oil, wine, kitchen and bread scenes, in colors blue, yellow, green and red.
Sitting on the Quirinale Hill, one of Rome’s seven original hills, this 1898 location was the first for this charming, old-fashioned, linen shop. There is one at Piazza di Spagna and another branch on the Corso.
The entire shopping experience at Sermoneta was unhurried and friendly. What a civilized way to do business. The saleslady did not speak English; it did not matter. We got our business done in a most pleasant fashion.
The store carries bed and table linens, and bath and kitchen towels at the high end of the market.
If you want to bring back some high quality religious souvenirs, there are 2 places where you can find a large variety of items: in the stores close to St Peter's Basilica or in any of the stores along Via dei Cestari (by the Pantheon).
While in Rome we purchase a couple pieces of art. Nothing very expensive, but which will be treasured keepsakes for us.
The first piece of art we bought was of the Temple of Apollo from a street vendor in the vicinity of the Piazza Venezia. It cost only 10 euros. We had a brief, but pleasant conversation with the artist, a young Russian fellow, while he told us about the artwork and personally autographed it for us.
The second piece we purchased was higher quality from an art dealer with a shop in Trastevere. It was just before closing time and the artist was getting ready to go out to dinner with his wife. He had an assortment of beautiful paintings ranging from 50 euros to several hundred. We selected one on the lower price scale that we both liked, which will grace a special place in our home. I really liked his oil paintings, but those were very expensive.
What to pay: 10 euros for artwork from a street vendor to several hundred or even thousand for a piece of art in a storefront.
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