Shopping in Rome

shopping in Rome Shopping at a Roman street market.

Whether you're in Rome for a week or a year, at some point you're likely to want to do some shopping. When you do, you'll find that the city has plenty to offer, from top-tier fashion houses to local street markets.

Rome may no longer be quite the style centre depicted in La Dolce Vita, but it's still a city with a rich fashion heritage, and has a full complement of boutiques, from the flagship branches of Bulgari and Valentino to Armani, Prada and Gucci.

"They came, they saw, they did a little shopping"

Graffiti on the Berlin Wall

Rome's street markets are a strong part of the city's cultural and culinary life, selling everything from bric-a-brac to imported spices. Of these, Piazza Vittorio is a must stop for food lovers, as is the market at Testaccio, the heart of Rome's meat-eating area. (Although Testaccio market is currently undergoing a controversial move to a new location, both more modern and more expensive for stall holders.)

There are also plenty of places around Rome to buy art and antiques, and the city's English bookshops will keep you in reading matter from both sides of the Atlantic.

For more detailed information on what and where to buy in Rome, take a look at the menu on the right.