Women's Clothing, Rome
This is one of the very few boutiques selling nearly new ladies designer wear and accessories. A glimpse in the window and you would believe that all is new. In fact it has a wide range of labels and the quality is great. The staff and the owner make it a wonderful experience. Prices are also very competitive as you are basically getting things that are 'as new' at much below the retail prices and there is no doubt that all items are genuine.
The only problem is that each piece is unique so if you like something you need to buy as next time it might be sold.
What to buy: Ladies Bags
What to pay: articles range from 50 euros to over 1,000
Via Nazionale in Rome is full of great places to shop for women's clothing. It has quite a few shops for anything and everything a woman could want!
What to pay: Via Nazinale has mostly middle-of-the-road priced Shops
Starting at the Spanish Steps, Via Condotti is the place to go to if you have the cash and are after designer shopping, in particular Italian brands - the street it rather narrow and it's always packed, with shoppers, window-shoppers and locals alike.
Brands are: Louis Vuitton, Pucci, Hermes, Cartier, Fendi, Valentino, Armani, Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Ferragamo, Trussardi, Valentino, Gucci, Bally, Celine, Yves St. Laurent - indeed, pretty much any label you can name
Did you know that?
Shops in Via Condotti used to charge an entry fee to customers - although the 'Free Entry' sign is now in place on all of them (something that I found surprising on my first trip - why would a shop charge for entry? little did I know...)
What to buy: Fashion (both ladies and gentlemen), accessories, jewelry
What to pay: Lots, unfortunately, unless one is just window-shopping or people watching!
Popular and largest Rome mall - short and pleasant Regional train ride - you exit the train from Termini or Trastevere at the stop BEFORE Fiumicino and the Mall is right there. For the serious Rome "shop till you droppers!" A city within a city - always great buys and choices here.
What to buy: Anything and everything!
What to pay: very competitive prices - reasonable
UPIM is an Italian chain department store, not the most exciting over all, but the one just off the Trevi or Barberini is very easy to miss if you do not look out for it - see the large sign at high level in the shot
What to buy: Not going to lecture anyone on sartorial elegance here......!
What to pay: A lot or a little......
There are plenty of streets to shop in Rome.
Alot of them, like Via Condotti (near the Spanish Steps) are way out of the average travellers price range.
In other areas, such as along Via del Corso, you will find more middle of the road style shops which are perfect for when you feel the need for some retail therapy.
Just remember that a lot of shops close for a couple of hours early afternoon.....this gives you the perfect excuse for a long lunch and a glass of wine or two!
What to pay: Depends on which country you are coming from - not too bad on the USD or GBP, but if you are on the AUD - ouch!!
A chain of women's clothing at affordable prices - taking Italian fashion and translating it for the mainstream.
What to buy: They have everything from casual going out clothes to items you can wear to work.
What to pay: I got a great pair of dress slacks for less than $50 US.
Dont listen to half these bs tourist remarks from people who dont spend much time in rome. Taking the metro or bus will cost you 1 euro to one of the two malls just outside rome. They actully have cheaper prices than the exact same stores do in rome, due to the fact that its a high tourism area. I am a canadian citizen, currently married to an italian and living in romw for 10 years now. Take my advice. Leonardo or eur roma 2 are the way to go if youre looking for a good buck saved
“I love beauty…it’s not my fault.”
— Valentino (1932-)
During our May 2007 trip to Rome Valentino’s boutique on via Condotti was undergoing a renovation. To conceal the work-in-progress a wooden wall was erected and then covered in Valentino Red. The two nuns stopped in front of the red wall to pose for a friend. I could not resist taking a photo for myself of a sight that screamed “Rome!”.
Along the very fashionable via Condotti Valentino shares the street with other big names in Italian fashion, including Bruno Magli, Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, La Perla, Prada, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Other luxury brands along this street at the foot of Piazza Espagna are Cartier and Christian Dior.
The Castle Romano outlet is a waste of most shoppers time. By taxi from the center of Rome it will cost you at least $38 Euro, and once you get there it will cost $50 Euro to get back. There are no buses and the only Taxi back is private and at a fixed price.
The Restaurants are also poor at this location, nothing good to eat topped it all off for us. Waste of almost $100 Euro to travel out 30 minutes to a small outlet mall with Adidas, Pumas and Nike rejects.
It would be ok if they had a cheap shuttle, but I just don't understand their logic. Let's stick a outlet mall 30 minutes out of Rome and charge tourist 100 Euro to get to and from it.
My advice is to avoid this place, and stick to the other closer malls and shopping areas. If you are American or have shopped in Asia even, there is nothing special at this place that makes it worth the trip.
For a different kind of shopping experience, you should head to Via dei Giubonarri, right off Campo de Fiori. There are lots of tiny shops here that sell very nice clothing. You will find very cool and different designs and the quality is not bad at all. There are also classic design clothes that you can buy if you want. I got a very nice merino wool jacket and an angora sweater at much cheaper prices that I could ever get in any department store in Chicago. The design on them is very different than what I can find here, so this makes the purchase even more valuable :)
Interesting clothing at Georgia/Saxon's located on Via Cavour,15, near the Termini Train Station, but be very cautious of the very slick talking young male salesman, who unlike the female saleswomen is extremely pushy and sold me what turned out to be damaged goods with broken zippers and gave me the wrong size of boots which are way too small to wear. I discovered this once home in the US and cannot return them and of course they don't answer their telephone, but they are very quick to take your money. I would avoid this store unless you enjoy getting ripped off.
What to buy: Your best bet is to buy some inexpensive Murano glass jewelry in Rome and treat yourself to a beautiful piece of gold jewelry in Florence. Their craftmanship and styling is exquisite. The leather market in Florence is also fun to walk through and pick up small gifts such as leather gloves and belts at good prices.
What to pay: Expect to spend a few hundred dollars on a beautiful artists designed piece of unique costume jewelry in a fabulous little boutique very near the Trevi Fountain in Rome called Danae. Skip the clothing stores. They are a ripoff.
When you are in Rome there is no point to go to shopping malls. First, because the stores which are in shopping malls are also in the center of Rome. You will find the same boutiques in Via Cola di Rienzo, Via del Corso and Via Nazionale. On Via Cola di Rienzo and also close to Metro station S. Giovanni there is a big fashion store COIN. Another similar La Rinascente is on Via del Corso, so you can do your shopping while sightseeing.
In the center there are also lots of small boutiques, which offer unique clothing at a good rate. Look for them on Via del Governo Vecchio, Via dei Serpenti and many more in the heart of Rome.
Additionally, the prices in shopping malls are often more expensive than in small boutiques. And what's important you will lose lots of time to park your car, I heard up to 1,5h to park your car in Parco Leonardo shopping center during weekends.
Personally I was once, 3 years ago, in fashion outlet Valmontone (about 70 km out of Rome, direction Cassino). I will never go there again, first I got sick of all these stores and secondly the prices were really high.
My advice: the best shopping is in the center of Rome!!!
Shopping in Rome can be really nice experience, even if you do not have lots of cash.
Of course it's worth seeing designers stores like D&G, Valentino, Prada which are located in Spanish Steps area; Via Condotti, Via Frattina.
However there are fashion shops in Rome which offer nice clothing at much lower rate:
United Colors of Benetton www.benetton.com
Coin department store: clothing, accessories, beauty, children, home decoration
Geox : shoes www.geox.com
Stonefly: shoes www.stonefly.it
Furla: handbags www.furla.com
Coccinelle: handbags www.coccinella.com
Prenatal: childresn clothing www.prenatal.it
All these stores you will be able to find on Via Nazionale, Via Cola Di Rienzo and Via del Corso.
There are also very nice small boutiques on Via del Governo Vecchio (nearby Piazza Navona)
Walking about Trastevere, I found this tiny shop in an equally small street which I can't find on the map. However, I went in to ask for a business card, so the address below should be correct.
What to buy: The shop is filled with the craziest shoe designs I ever saw. See the photo.
What to pay: I have no idea! There were no prices and therefore I expect to pay a lot!