There are several souvenirshops that sell 20 postcards for €1,-. It sounds unbelievable, but it's true. Most of the postcards are useable to send to your homecountry. There are also postcards looking like made in Microsoft Word. But who cares receiving them?
One of the souvenirstands that sells the postcards is located opposite of the Castle Sant Angelo.
If, like me you collect Xmas decorations from each destination you go to, you'll have a hard time!
For me, tt has to be a "touristy" one, and relate to the city (as in have the city name on it and maybe some of the sights). But I really struggled in Rome to find one that wasn't a tacky velvet box in the shape of Santa.
I wanted one to do with ancient Rome, rather than Christianity because they were all basic. Unfortunately I just didn't find one.
In the end I had to get a Christian one, a cross with the miracles of Jesus on it. I got this in a bookstore by St Peter's Sq - the main road the runs down to the river.
I used Laura Morelli's book, Made in Italy, on my recent trip to Rome. There are invaluable shopping tips and listings of many great places to find traditional handcrafted goods all over Italy.
I recommend it!
There are many shops where you can find all kinds of souvenirs and next to the main atractions like coliseum, forum, fontana de trevi, etc. You can negociate the price with the vendor and you will get the best price.
Hay mogollon de tiendas de souvenirs dispersas en toda Roma, tambien encontraras puestos de souvenirs junto a los monumentos, museos y edificios principales como el coliseum, el foro, vaticano, etc. Si eres avispado puedes regatear y ahorrarte algunos euros.
We found this small shops and we were very well attenden for the old lady. Is a souvenir shop but she sell more jewellery than souvernirs like mugs, cards,,,,. We bought 2 clasp and hanger as present and for ourselves, they are made of Murano. They are so beautiful. Sorry for the pic is very little but i could not get higher from my computer. The lady is very nice and she has very beautiful things to sell.
Encontramos esta pequena tienda en los alrededores de la plaza de Espana y nos gusto mucho. La atiende una senora mayor que es encantadora. Vende souvenirs, pero el principal motivo por el que entramos es porque vende colgantes, broches y piezas hechas de cristal de murano, muy famoso en Italia sobre todo en Venecia. Compramos varios broches y colgantes para regalos y para nosotras.
Sure, they're all over the place in most of the cities we visited, but if you want to actually buy some of their wares, this is the place. it's great fun to pick up something, look at it skeptically, and bargain down the price with the vendor. commonly sold items include leather goods (shoes, purses, belts, wallets, fake louis vuitton, etc), silk scarves & ties, flags, soccer jerseys, calendars, mugs, ferrari memoribilia, postcards, and all sorts of hokey trinkets you could never imagine.
De Sanctis is in the Piazza Navona, it's been open since 1890. It's a great place to get a nice handpainted ceramic made in Italy. They have handpainted tiles of saints, and also cups & saucers, plates, etc. It's all beautiful and though not all exactly cheap it IS handpainted.
What to pay: The small tiles were 30 euro, a teapot made in Florence was on sale for 25 euro.
If you want a great souvenir of Rome in print, book, or antique form, you HAVE to check out this market! Throughout the city there are hundreds of "antique" stores that are selling old prints of the various monuments and piazzas of Rome for 100's of Euros. I found some of the same prints here for under 20.
What to buy: I love the old time stamped "prints" of the sights and piazzas on the faded, textured matting. Mine of Piazza del Popolo, my favorite piazza in Rome, is pictured here. The other great bargain are the prints of cappucino and coffee ad posters from France, similar to the famous Vermouth one.
What to pay: Small prints are 5 Euro, Medium 15, Large 25
Magazine covers and books are varied
Located next to the Information Office (on the left hand side as you face St Peter's Basilica), the Vatican Post Office is a very popular place for both tourists and local Roman's as the Vatican postal system is reputedly fast. Inside, you can buy a large variety of Vatican stamps, coins (although the Euro collections sell out very quickly), postal covers and albums etc.
Remember: you cannot post mail with Italian stamps in the Vatican post office nor can you post mail with Vatican stamps in the Italian mail system.
What to buy:
There are a lot of nice jewellery shops in Rome. You can really find something nice there.
What to pay: it depends, you can buy nice jewellery with the Glass from Murano , the small pendant -10 Euro and also the expensive jewellery from the jellow gold or white gold with the diamonds or other precious stones.
Souvenir shops are set up outside all around the big sites.
What to buy: Most of the stuff they sell at souvenir shops is pretty junkie, but if you like something, get it. Remember, though, many of these souvenir vendors have pricetags that are RIDICULOUS. I bought a small replication of the Pieta for my grandmother. The price tag said 85 Euro...EIGHTY FIVE EURO! I got it for 15 and still think I should have gone down to 10. Act interested but poor. Keep saying the price just doesn't fit your budget. When they say they won't go any lower, start to walk away. They'll go lower. Remember, when it comes to this little souvenir places: NEVER PAY WHAT SEEMS LIKE A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY!!!
This cool mask shop is in Sicily not in Rome unfortunately. Got this cool pix from a friend who went there and found this cool shop. I like these masks sooooooooooo much that I wanna share it with you.
What to buy: These cool masks are all hand-made. It's got its own unique shape/style that you won't find it elsewhere. Can be very cool decoration in your house. Cool gift with no doubt! If you come to visit me, I don't mind you bring one or two these cool masks as a gift. Tee-hee-hee.....*_^
What to pay: My friend paid about 20 pounds for this. (it varies according to the size of course)
It is harly a shop , but we liked it ,
and just like many people we stopped and
had a look.
What to buy:
Plaster suns , little angels , the mouth of truth ,
or why not , a table foot...
All that for a couple of euros.
Everything is made just behind that
table you were looking at.
There are lots of souvenir shops all over Rome, especially close to the tourist attractions.
What to buy: They have a lot of religious items, statuettes, t-shirts, fans, and other typical souvenirs.
What to pay: depends on the item, but some places are cheaper than others so it's best to compare prices before buying.
Some good shopping areas are: a street just off the Camp dei Fiori that I can't remember the name of...it is the street that Ethic (which I describe in other shopping tip) is on; Via del Corso (which gets very crowded); Via Nazionale, and Via Cola di Rienzo.
What to buy: Italian shops mostly feature very trendy items, so you can find a lot of the same stuff in the stores. I actually prefer shopping in Paris, because there is more variety and I prefer the less-flashy style. However, if you like the trends that are featured in the shops at the moment, then you'll be happy.