Two Italian guys who accused me of being Neopolitano because I haggled so much...
What to buy: A marble...err....porcelain statuette for your garden
What to pay: 115 euro sticker price, 35 final purchase - still feel like I overpaid
What to buy:
In mid-November the department stores like Upim and Standa were just beginning to put out their Christmas items. I was able to pick up some small pieces just as they were unpacking their shipment. Now, we're not talking high quality museum pieces like you would find in Spaccanapoli in Naples. I bought some small plastic bags of flour, pottery, stucco farmhouse fragments covered in moss, donkey pulling a cart, and some figures. Nice additions to my Nativity.
What to pay: They were inexpensive between 2 and 7 Euro.
This shop specializes in many religious articles, including figures for a Nativity scene. I purchased about a half dozen Fontanini figures, less than 10 Euro apiece. They also had these wonderfully realistic clay sheep, which were more expensive, but gave me a great idea to make some when I got back home!!
What to buy: Religiious articles, statues, and souvenirs.
The biggest and most famous street market in Rome is Porta Portese where you will find whatever you are looking for !! It's an amazing mess of benches and people, so move carefully around and don't bring with you valuables nor purses. For the rest enjoy the folklore of the vendors...
What to buy: Everything... such as clothes, antiques, books, car pieces, animals... etc......... :)
What to pay: Usually prices are lower than average, but remember always to trade !! Even because you will look like a tourist (tourist = higher price).