Via del Corso, Rome
What to buy:
Via Veneto might be the more well-known shopping street in Rome, but I prefer Via del Corso. My reasons are not only that it is generally much cheaper, but you can start in my favorite piazza, Piazza del Popolo, walk the full length of the street and end up in Piazza Venezia! Sight see and shop at the same time! Every imaginable type of clothing, for all genders and ages, line the street. Of course, there are great places to eat along the road, but don't waste your money there. Just a few streets off del Corso, you can find great eateries that the locals eat at, and they are almost invariably cheaper.
A histroical note; the length of Via del Corso was used for horse racing. But, not the kind we know. Leave it to the creators of gladiatorial games to invent a cruel way to treat an animal and get some laughs out of it. What they used to do was to drug the horses with a kind of hallucinagenic substance, starve them for food for days, and then put them at the end of the del Corso and let them lose down the track. Drugged, hungry, pissed off horses; hows that for entertainment?
Yeah, me either...
Via del Corso is one of the main streets of Rome and my favourite shopping spot. Here you can find the big international stores, like Zara, Nike and Adidas, the big Italian stores, such as Feltrinelli (the equivalent of Fnac, where you can find Italian books and music), Carpisa (bags) and Havana (affordable women clothes) and some other smaller shops with great bargains (and, sure, also some shops where I do not even dare to enter - my wallet and my boyfriend forbidden me!).
Make sure you enter Galleria Alberto Sordi (who was a Roman actor, btw) - it's a very nice building and there are some caffés inside where you can relax if you're too tired and it's too hot.
In all of my visits to Rome, a trip through this street, from Piazza Venezia up to Piazza del Popolo (where we always stop to eat an ice cream seated in the steps of one of the churches) is mandatory. I try to leave to the last days, though, or no more money for pizza and gelato! :P
What to buy: Everything - clothes, shoes, bags, cds, books, toys, souvenirs, etc.
What to pay: There's plenty of choice for all kinds of wallets!
this district is a paradise for those who feels urgent need to spend lots of money. Starting from Piazza di Spagna there are several streets going: Via Condottoi, Via Frattini, Via Borgognona, and Via Babuino plus some smaller ones crossing these ones. they go eaither to Via del Corso or Piazza del Popolo. In this small district, you can find all fashion shops - LV, Gucci, Dolce&Gabanna,PRADA, YSL, Celine, Pollini, Baldinini, Sergio Rossi, ETRO.... and much more. Via del Corso, from Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Colonna is full of small shops of local brands (perfect conbination of price/quality) like Nara Camicie, HFN and internationals - like ZARA, Benetton, etc.
Every time I am coming to Rome I am spending one day in this district and always find something nice and stylish.
What to pay: you can spend lots and lots... the only limit is a credit card LOL Espacially if you are shopoholic as I am.
When you walk on via corso you will see the main stores of all the big designers. When you pass to the side streets though you will find nice shops too with reasonable prices. Also you are free to walk in and out in those shops while in the main street the shopowners will follow you around in the store which bothered me very much.
What to pay: Be sure to have a lot of money when you want to buy on Via Corso