Rome is the Eternal City and is the Magnet for Tourists around the World to Visit it's various attractions and the Vatican City so don't be surprised to see a large number of souvenir shops and stalls and stores along the sprawling City, particularly aound Saint Peter's Square, Spanish Streps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Pantheron, etc so you would expect and find a large number of souvenir shops and stores in and around this area and these souvenir stores and shops sell everything from typical touristy items such as Rome and Vatican City post cards, shirts, books, fridge magnets, shot glasses, mugs, cups, Caps, Sweaters, Paintings, Trinkets and a lot more.
most shops are open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday
What to buy all the typical touristy items you can think of and other local souvenir items as well and religious articles such as crosses, saint statues, books, roman empire inspired memorabilia and a lot more.
What to pay you can haggle at the hole in the wall small souvenir shops but not on the larger ones
Trevimage is an adorable photography shop located in the Trevi area, not far from the Barberini subway stop.
The place offers beautiful photographs by Carlo De Gori, the photographer and owner of the store. The pictures come in all sizes and for all budgets... from the small hand made magnets to giant photos. Some are even of limited edition.
Carlo also offers photographic shoots around the city. There are pre-set itineraries, or you can make you own and choose with him where you want your pictures taken.
Trevimage is the kind of place you enter to buy a little present, but end up leaving with so much more!
What to buy If you have many gifts to buy for many people and you are on a limited budget, I suggest you get the small magnet-frames that can go either on a wall or on a fridge. They are all hand made so if you want another picture instead of the ones that you see, they'll make it for you.
Since this shop is all about Rome with the photographer there ready to answer your questions, you can't really go wrong with any of the different variations of pictures in the store. It really depends on where the picture has to go (size and color are important!).
What to pay You'll spend anywhere between 5 euros (for the smallest items) to as much as you want...! The bigger works start at 110 euro.
Tacky tchochke shops, like the one above, clutter up every street and every corner around the tourist hot spots and they all carry the same junk: ‘David' key chains; glow-in-the-dark Virgins; plastic Pietas; lurid, mass-produced Venetian masks (wrong city, folks); Colosseum ashtrays; the Pope slapped on everything from tea towels to fridge magnets.
C’mon, are you really gonna use any of this stuff when you get home? Didn’t think so.
Consider these instead:
• Leather goods: Italy is known for leather and nice gloves or a wallet won’t add weight to your suitcase. Please, please don’t buy the knockoffs of designer labels hawked in the streets, OK? It’s illegal to produce/sell those and there are plenty of reasonable, legitimate leather goods to be found.
• Scarves: light, easy to pack, and available in tons of colors and fabrics
• Ceramics: hand-painted kitchenware is an Italian tradition. Larger items can usually can be shipped.
• Books: nice picture guidebooks from the gift shops of museums you visit - especially those which do not allow photos - are great keepsakes when you get home
• Music: CD's offered by street musicians you may have enjoyed
• Art: a small drawing or watercolor piece from a street artist
• Italian soccer or bike jerseys: also lightweight and packable, fans of the sports will love them
• T-shirts: not a thing wrong with one if you’ll wear it later. Choose well-made products with images of your favorite attractions
• Biscotti or amaretti cookies, liquorice or other wrapped, Italian sweets. Also dried pasta.
• We always pick up a Christmas ornament when we travel to a new destination. Putting up the 'Travel Tree' is an event at our house that brings back lots of great memories.
As expected for a tourist city like Rome there are countless of souvenir stores all over the city center with the typical magnets, postcards etc We liked some small magnets with pinocchio
At Piazza Navona there was a big Christmas bazaar with many colorful souvenirs (pic 1) but also many street artists were selling watercolor paintings. We also saw similar paintings (plus some oil paintings) at Piazza di Spagna where they were also people that can draw a big caricature of you.
If you visit La Bocca della Verita don’t miss the man that sells some unique small flutes that have the shape of Bocca della Verita (pic 2)! And they cost only 5 euros! Great!
We loved this shop! It’s a store full of wooden items, small games, dolls and of course some beautiful Pinocchios in many different sizes. We liked the quality (comparing to other similar stores we checked) and we bought a medium size Pinocchio with a beautiful wooden chair.
The place is ideal for gifts, most of the items are nicely carved and the variety is huge, even if you don’t have a lot of money you can buy a small item.
Stepping into this shop is like being transported into Pinocchio's world. The shop has toys, games, whatnots such as wall clocks, name plates, refrigerator magnets all finely carved. We are transported into old Gepetto's shop, albeit with a modern touch (a video showing the master craftsman-owner at work), on the left entrance of the shop where we see an array of tools that are used for the creation of these beautiful pieces of work.
Impressive are the displays of car, and a lifesized motorcycle on the door. It is a shop where everybody will feel like a child again, and it was a place I felt I could easily spend hours in...just admiring and touching objects that evoke memories of childhood.
This shop is busy, a lot of people come in, but service is also quick. A funny detail was a framed letter from Mrs. Obama thanking Bartolucci (i think the shop carries his name) for the wonderful time her daughters had in the shop in their recent visit. It could have been a simple photo of a couple of young girls anywhere, except for those secret service agents surrounding them!
On one side of the shop is a small hole trying to replicate a shop where tourists could go in and take photos of themselves.
What to buy Woodcraft souvenirs -- everything is beautiful! Lovely as gifts...
The shop is located on the second floor of the Colosseum. It's a nice shop because you can buy books and other souvenir items.
Make time to just look around and check out all the materials the shop has.
What to buy There are many things to buy here, but mostly souvenir items like key chains, refrigerator magnets, books, vases, pens, etc.
What to pay Depending on what you buy. I bought a bookmark for 2.99 euros.
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”
— Michelangelo (1475-1564)
For a wide variety of marble objects, Marmi Line offers three locations in central Rome. These works in marble are mesmerizing. The detail and polish of each item shows off the skill and craftsmanship that Italians have been known for since before the Caesars ruled the Roman Empire.
Unlike the handwork that Michelangelo used to create his David, the items for sale here were largely created with power tools. A looping video in the shop near the Pantheon shows how the process begins in the marble quarries and continues to the workshop using modern electric-powered tools for cutting, chiseling, grinding, sanding and polishing.
Do not let these up-to-date techniques stop you from buying some of these beautiful dishes, bowls, lamp bases or decorative items. We bought two fruit compotes and some marble fruit. The Bosc pear is remarkably life-like, until you pick up this piece of ‘fruit.’
What to buy Whatever suits your fancy, but remember marble is heavy!
Piazza Navona is a great spot to stop in and buy some art pieces. There is a large variety of watercolor paintings and oil paintings. The prices are usually displayed, but you can negotiate if you buy more than 1 painting from the same artist.
We got some really nice watercolor paintings and also an oil painting from here. Make sure you negotiate the price especially if you buy more than 1 piece from the same artist.
What to buy watercolor and oil paintings
What to pay 8 Euros per watercolor painting (if you buy more than 2 from the same artist); 75 Euros per oil painting (original asking price 100 Euros)
We found a wonderful little outside vendor just down the street from Trevi Fountain. She had a wonderful display of jewelry, specifically amber. I found some beautiful pieces for very reasonable prices. For example, I found several beautiful amber necklaces (actually they were the sliders but if you negotiate she will include the chains for free) and the cost ranged from 10-15 Euros each. Up the street there was a jewelry shop that had the same pieces for 30+ Euros each.
What to buy At the top of the Spanish Steps are many local artists selling everything from caricatures to huge oil paintings. These paintings are great alternatives to overpriced souvenirs.
The cheapest tend to be small watercolor paintings, but the best deals are on the oil paintings. The subject matter of the paintings are really diverse, from landscapes, Roman attractions, to florals and imitations of the Mona Lisa and Sistine Chapel.
Just remember to make sure you have room in your luggage because shipping art from Italy is difficult and expensive.
What to pay For a small watercolor painting, depending on the painter and the subject matter, can sell for as low as 5 Euros to a maximum of 10 Euros.
The price of an oil painting is harder to determine, because it really does depend on the seller and the actual quality of the work.
But just keep in mind, the first price quoted is always negotiable! :)
Best place to buy souvenirs will be the booths on the side streets of main tourist areas.
A nice t-shirt 5 Euros.
When looking at prices be aware that the shirt may look the same but you will find differences in the silk screen compared to embroidery as well as the type of material.
Purchase one size larger than you wear in the US.