If you are looking for something specific, Rome has a street for everything:
Via dei Cestari - church costumes and devotional items of all sorts.
Via Condotti - Rome's most elegant shopping-mile
Via dei Coronari - famous for antiques
Via Marguttai - some of Rome's best galleries
Via della Croce - Wine and delicatessen
Via Appia Antica - as the name says (antica - antique) this very old cobblestone street is located somewhat south of the city center near the christian catacombs
Via del Corso - one of the most important streets in Rome, it stuffed full with shops and tourists. Nice to walk around, since it is a pedestrian only street.
Via Guilia - one of Rome's most elegant street. If you can afford a place there - you've got it made!
Via Rasellai - this street bore witness to some of Rome's saddest history: Italian partisans lured a national-socialist group in a trap. The Germans avenged by killing 335 innocent Romans.
Via Veneto - this is a blast from the not-so-distant past: fashion of the 50's and 60's
The big street that starts right in front of the Piazza Venezia is Via Del Corso. It got it’s name from the Italian word “corse” which means horse runnings. The races started during the 1400-ties, when the Paul II was the pope. He loved all kinds of races and competitions, and the Via del Corso was the perfect street for racing. The most popular (Corsa Del Barberi) was when frightened horses were set away running the whole street, and wasn’t stopped until they passed a white sheet at the end of the 2 kilometer long street.
Nowadays it’s a high living street, full of palaces, shops and churches.
Located on the busy via del Corso, the church of San Marcello contains the relics of Pope Marcellus. The church was built in the 16th century after a fire destroyed a previous structure, which dated back to the 8th century. The existing concave Baroque façade, however, was designed by Carlo Fontana and added only in the late 17th century.
From the Piazza Venezia, the via del Corso runs a straight course for about a mile ending at the Piazza del Popolo. The name 'Corso' dates from the 15th century when Pope Paul II introduced horse racing (corsi) along the street - the races were imitations of the ancient games, and it wasn't only horses that ran; there were races for prostitutes, children, Jews and the crippled. They were finally banned in the 19th century.
The street is one of the main shopping thoroughfares, and there are plenty of opportunities for spending money!
Via Del Corso is your target if you wanna go shopping in Rome. This street is full of any kind of shops. Usually, shops on this street are not that expensive, and, actually, many are very cheap. Just pay attention to the side streets, for example Via Margutta, Via Frattina or Via dei Condotti, where shops are VERY expensive! HAVE FUN!
In the evening the Romans close the Via Del Corso down to traffic. The street then fills with people out for an evening stroll. It is very festive and fun. It is also a great way to sharpen your appetite for some good food at one of the many great restaurants in this area of Rome.
So get out and enjoy the passigiatta on the Via Del Corso. It will give you a great memory of Rome.
Via del Corso is the principal, most central and most typical of the old Roman streets. At one end of its narrow straight line is the obelisk of the Piazza del Popolo and at the other end is the Vittoriano. The Fontana Trevi, Piazza di Spagna and Cononna can easily be reached by turning off Via Corso.
There is a long road in Rome, connecting Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Venezia. It is Via del Corso, or more commonly, the Corso.
This is the heaven for tourist wanting to have some shopping. A few Romans there except on Saturday.
Along Via del Corso there is a beautiful square, called Piazza Colonna.
The obelisk in the middle is not roman, anyway, but stolen somewhere in the empire.
Another beautiful obelisk close to Caracalla, in front of the FAO Headquarters. It's been hit by a thunder this winter and heavily damaged.
The slightly younger twin of Trajan's Column is the Antonine Column or Colonna Antonina. It was erected between 180 and 196 A.D. by Marc Aurelius and dedicated to his father Antoninus Pius. The reliefs on the column show the roman victories in Armenia, Persia and Germany but are not as detailled as on Trajan's Column. Pope Sixtus V. added the statue of St. Paul in 1589 (two years earlier, Trajan's Column recieved a statue of St. Peter).
End of Via Del Corso, there are one big piazza and its really beautiful. Even in my traveller books and map, these place are not listed as tourist place. BUt I found this place because I have a plenty time until my train back to Milan. After arrived in this piazza, there are one big garden behind this piazza. Take a walk and around this garden,.Its really beautiful.
On a budget? If you're not up to lunching at one of the sidewalk cafes, you can buy a panini at one of the delis near the Trevi fountain and sprawl down (well, sit if you must)at the Piazza Colloneo, which features the Column of Marcus Aurelius. Have no fear...you'll be in good company.
The interior of this church is beautiful and very bright for its colors. It doesn't look like much from the outside on the street via corso, but I do suggest you go inside and look around. Of all the cathedrals and churches I went into in Rome, this one was the most beautiful actually.
Great place to go shopping, although most of the shops are fairly expensive. As you're walking down this street, take the time to stop and enter many of the fantastic churches on the way. Most people just walk right by them in their quest for the latest fashion, but even if you just spend a few seconds poking your head in through the doors you will be thorougly impressed!