You can find almost everything here - clothing, stationery, Lundt chocolate shop, music, books -- and on a sweltering Rome day, the air conditioning alone beckons to you if you are anywhere near the entrance. The Galleria Alberto Sordi was built in 1914 on the former Palazzo Piombino and is named after the famous Italian actor who died during the year before it re-opened, honoring his name. The arcade facility is located right in front of the column of emperor Marcus Aurelius. The arcade had always been one of the city's strategic meeting places. Obscure actors were know to gather here during the first half of the 20th century in hopes of securing an engagement. For 20 years arcade had gradually fallen into decay and became an abandoned place where the homeless spent the night. Its revival and reopening in 2003 permitted two generations of roman people to step into the former Galleria Colonna for the first time in their life.
For those who are familiar with Milano, you might say it is reminiscent of the Milano Galleria - only on a much smaller scale - perhaps it is the glass ceiling.
The lovely stained glass ceiling is complimented by a centrally located bar and cafe where you can leisurely await the final hour(s) of your companion's shopping sprees.
What to buy: Almost anything - always check tags for "Made in Italy" as there is so much now that is "made in China"
What to pay: From average prices to slightly more expensive than the off-Corso shops.
Via dei Coronari is a narrow pedestrianised street located close to Piazza Navona.
Both side of the street are lined with antique stores and galleries.
When we were there in October, we happened across the antique fair that is held here twice a year (in Oct & May).
The street (which is about 500 metres long) was lined with a green carpet and as the sun set, torches mounted up high on the walls were lit outside each shop, making for a very interesting wander and window shop.
Twice a year, mid-end of October and mid-end of May, an antique fair is held in this street which become full of lights with the shops opened during the whole day.
What to buy: Antiques of course! And art.
We didn't buy anything....not that into antiques...and no room in the suitcase!!
What to pay: E.x.p.e.n.s.i.v.e.
Tourists in Italy arriving from outside the European Community are entitled to the refund of I.V.A. (Value Added Tax) which ranges from 12 to 35% on amounts exceeding 155,00 euro spent in the same shop. To enjoy this benefit it is necessary to apply to shops that have an agreement - Tax Free, Italy Free Shopping, Tax Free System, Euro Tax, Tax Refund posted in their window and/or inside. The refund can be obtained inside the shops with the proper sign - or at Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport of Fiumicino in the Customs Office or by post. Items must be new, in original boxes, and you must have all receipts. Go early to the airport if you intend to complete the procedure there.
I'm updating this tip with the following information from a visitor to my pages indicating that he has used this tax free service in Italy and they were very efficient:
Happy shopping in bella Italia.................
Marco says that he maintains a laboratory for the reproduction of archeological artifacts. They are quite good - many excellent marble/alabaster statues, both large and small. Lots of Gladiator artifacts that look as if they could be or could have been cinema props. Excellent array of reproduced ancient jewelry. Very entertaining!
What to buy: Reproductions of Roman artifacts - Jewelry especially
What to pay: Negotiate with Marco Bocchio - always ask for the tax to be deducted over 155 €
This is a small shop - right across from Bartolucci's wood working shop and close to the Pantheon. The owner is most accommodating and has a great number of fascinating masks to choose from.
What to buy: Fantastic Masks
Campo de' Fiori is the oldest market in Rome, where food and flowers are found. Its name comes from the Piazza (south of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II), where the market takes places since 140 years. In fact, the traditional food market was located since 1478 in Piazza Navona, but it was moved here in 1869. The market is open every morning of the week except Sunday. Campo de' Fiori, surrounded by many bars and restaurants, is a popular destination at night for locals and foreigners alike
This lovely and charming shop offers artisan quality terracotta and ceramics, much of it perfect for your garden, as you see in the photo.
What to buy: Busts, masks, vases and other art objects, most of them copies of typical ancient Roman art objects.
What to pay: You can spend anywhere from 10 euros up to hundreds on the largest items. I bought several items and paid in cash and was able to bargain for a discount of about 15%.
Great selection of paper, portfolios, pens, art supplies, cards, wrapping paper, boxes, mailing tubes, decorative paper plates and napkins, and briefcases. Come November, they also have the most magnificant Christmas decorations shop you've ever seen! Walk through the store, toward the back right corner, then out the door, across the alley, into the next building. And "Buon Natale" to us all!
What to buy: Mailing tubes for that huge poster you bought on the street, Italian birthday cards, italian Christmas cards, lovely wrapping paper, and Christmas decorations starting in early November.
What to pay: Reasonable prices for Rome and the quality offered.
I beleive this market is on every day of the week. *** UPDATE The street name is Via Sannio *** from San Giovanni underground, it's a left turn at the exit and you will see it on your left. It just looked like a long street of stalls to one side - but three quarters of the way along there is a turn off to a covered area and a square of market stalls
Daily 0830 -1330 Monday - Saturday
What to buy: I bought 2 bottle openers with kind of ethnic African with doctor heads for EU2 each. There are clothes and fake bags
What to pay: Gucci and D&G fake bags- we were askled for Eu37 but the y took Eu10 and then offered another at Eu8. Elsewhere a Eu25 bracelet went for Eu7. They nearly all negotiate and be aware you could be looking at a fraction of what has been asked
When you ask for anything related to paper and stationery, in Rome everybody will refer to this shop.
But it is much more then that, it will be able to surprice you everytime you return.They sell:
quality leather stuff(bags,wallets,photo book)
quality collectors penns
anykind of boxes
anykind of candles
decorations for parties
Colors and pencils
What to buy: There is also a Christmas decorations shop around the corner(vicolo del lupo 10) and a restaurant/caffee shop right in front of it, still on Via della Croce.
What to pay: from 1 euro up to several hundreds euro very easily
We had quit a laugh with our own joke.
You can see this sort of shops all over Rome
but a concentration of stalls with fake
Louis Vuitton handbags can be seen in front
of the 'Castel Sant' Angelo'.
Yeah yeah , it's fake. Ever since J-Lo sat on
that hunk with this handbag everybody wants
to have one. But it is not within everybodys budget.
We joked it was the Black market since all
the vendors were black.
The strangest thing we saw was a policeman
buying fake sunglasses near Termini.
We saw them talking to a vendor and were
curious what would happen. Was this man getting
arrested? Nope , they are supporting this business.
Well , your in Italy! Wasn't that the most corrupt
country in the world? They got a reputation
Here you can find a wide variety of new and second hand clothes, jeans and shoes.
Very good also for camping and outdoor equipment.
Open every morning except Sunday.
What to pay: Prices are quite low... and you can always bargain.
Whatever happened to Galleria Colonna ? Well at the end of 2003 it reopened as Galleria Alberto Sordi. It was renovated for many years ; 'famoso attore' Sordi - who I think had voiced Oliver Hardy in Italian - died about a year previously I believe, hence it was renamed after him. His 1973 movie Stardust began - and had its finale - at the Galleria
What to buy: Everything form book and DVD shops, 2 open plan cafe bars, clothes - everyrthing you would expect. And regularly cleaned WCs !
Open picture and zoom LHS to see what's here.
What to pay: from less than 1Euro to many 1,000s Euro !
I spent a bit of time walking up and down Via Nazionale (one of the main streets in Rome). There are many shops and boutiques along this road. Ice-cream parlours as well!
You will find quite a lot of shops on this street selling gloves, scarves, leather items, ties and shoes, shoes and more shoes. While Via Nazionale has a few big name stores on it – like Furla, there are also some more mid-range stores as well, like United Colours of Benetton (not a shop that I’m actually a fan of though, not really my style).
There also many cafes, restaurants and bars along the street for if you need a break.
Oooops! The recession has many victims. Including this shop. It's gone! Sorry! But I'll leave the tip here in case it returns.
Well, maybe just a test drive?
Is this the ultimate in window-shopping or what? Yellow never looked so good on a car.
The Lamborghini shop in Rome is appropriately found on the fabled Via Veneto. Stop in on your way from Piazza Barberini to the Capuchin Crypt, which is just 50 meters down the road toward the Villa Borghese.
The 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago is priced very reasonably at US $279,900 or 223,880 Euros. But if you're watching your centisimi (pennies), maybe you'd prefer the Gallardo. starting at $175,000?
What to buy: The Murcielago (also available as a convertible) or Gallardo
What to pay: The equivalent of the Gross National Product of a small third world country
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