Rome is the most beautiful city in the world for its fascinating monuments and archaeological sites.
Walk in the Imperial Fora, or in the Roman Forum, visit the Colosseum or the St. Peter Basilica, they all make the sensation of walking into the past. But often a tourist can't see how a monument was at the time of its creation: Vision guides "Past & Present" are the first, original archaeological guides that give an immediate sight of the past and the present, by using transparent reconstructions of the ancient monuments.
A unique gift to remember a trip to Rome!
What to pay: The guides cost is around € 10,00 (a cheap way to bring home a piece of Rome)
Address: Rome, near the Colosseum
This just happens to be my personal favorite here in Rome as it was in Milano - primarily due to the personal assistance rendered by the staff here - perhaps it also has to do with finding the little hardcover, elasticized, pocket notebook indispensable to many writers - the "Hemingway notepad" as it is sometimes called. Load up when you find them as they are not so easy to get - perfect size for waist pouch. Photo 3. You will find foreign books in 60 languages (including English), books for kids, computers, didactic, dictionaries, eastern philosophies. The staff here will find the book you want - if not in their particular shop, they will search other Feltrinelli shops to see where it might be available for you. They treat you as if you were a permanent privileged client - not a transient tourist. They had no way to know that I do, in fact, reside in Rome and am not a tourist.
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What to buy: Books in your choice of 60 languages.
Address: Galleria Alberto Sordi
Directions: Via Alberto Sordi and Via del Corso
There is a whole little row of street-vendor type book stalls right at Piazza Republica at Termini. Salvatore is my favorite seller there and I stop by every chance I get. He always has something new and now knows what I like - here he found Rafaele books I had been looking for and kept them for me. All the seller here carry Italian language books - the art books are incredible and great bargains. Salvatore and the larger stall up toward Termini are the best of the lot.
What to buy: Art books at great prices
What to pay: They will all work with you on prices
Address: Piazza della Republica
Directions: Termini Station
I saw quite a few of these shops around Rome, with the best being in the mall along Via del Corso, across from the Parliment building going towards Piazza Venezia. The other one I used was located on Via Babuino near Piazza del Popolo. The one in the mall definitely had a bigger selection of English books. You can find your best sellers as well as guide books and maps.
What to buy: For those down-time moments around town, you need a book right?!?
What to pay: Most books I saw were 8-12 Euro
Interesting shop to poke around in - photographs, guides, postcards, magazines, and art books (mostly in Italian) but because they are devoted to film, they are mostly filled with photographs. Also, some nice cinema posters/playbills.
What to buy: Italian version posters of American movies. - very fun! Jerry Lewis looks even more wacky with Italian captions!
What to pay: From a few euros on up.
Address: Via del Governo Vecchio, 80
Directions: Not far from south-western corner of Piazza Navona, just up the street from the sculpture known as "Pasquino"
For friendly help with finding that rare read you have been looking for, go to the English bookshop on Via di Ripetta, just off Piazza del Popolo. It had all the current best-sellers and two of the friendliest ladies helped me find the book I wanted.
Address: Via Pipetta 248
Phone: 06 3203301
You can get every sort of books. Travel books, travel maps, every sort of school books, and of course literature from the past and the present. Also CD's and DVD's are being sold there.
Every shop I saw was beautiful and hug. I could have spent hours there...
What to buy: Books, books, books... I was looking for an easy one in italian, because my little knowledge in this language isn't used that often.
What to pay: Normal prices. Books aren't cheap anyhow.
Address: Gall. Alberto Sordi 33, 00187 Roma
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In Rome at the piazza della Republica are a few book stands with very cheap secondhand books. Though most books are Italian you can find a lot of books about art there with great pictures. They're worth buying even if you can't read Italian.
There are also a lot of old cards of Roman monuments. Tourism in Rome seems to be of all ages and so are these cards. It's nice to see how some of the monuments looked so many years ago. You can even find out what the people thought about it, because some of these cards still have their stories on it.
What to pay: I used to pay 3.000 lires for those nice art books. That should be 1,5 euro now. I don't remember how expensive those cards where, I presume only a few cents.
There are also nice, but very expensive old maps.
Address: Piazza della Republica, Rome
Directions: Near Central Station Termini.Related to:
This shop specializes in all kinds of books (in Italian). I bought cookbooks, magazines, and Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio book (the movie had just come out). Of special interest to me was a Roman recipe book with pictures.
What to pay: Italian books and magazines in Little Italy, NY would cost much, much more.
Address: corner of Via del Corso and Via del Tritone
Directions: Largo Chigi
What to buy:
I wanted to buy Alessandro Baricco novels while I was in Rome. I was in Trastevere one day and I happened to find a small shop where I bought "Novecento", "Seta", and his latest, "Senza Sangue". I think you can also get these books in the English version online. If you saw the recent movie "Legend of 1900", it was based on the book Novecento .
What to pay: Cheaper than in US.
Novecento cost 4,50 Euro.
Address: Via della Lungaretta, Trastevere
Directions: Near Santa Maria in Trastevere church, in Trastevere.
What to buy: Paper products, hand made book!
What to pay: 30~40 euro for a hand made book, the cover of this book used marbling technique
Address: check http://www.ilpapirofirenze.it/ENG/dove.htm