Shopping in Rome

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Shopping is one of Rome's top leisure activities. The city has a wonderful assortment of boutiques and shops as well as department stores and discount shops. However, the bulk of the boutiques and shops are pricey and the districts you will find them in are extremely high-end as well. The good news is, if you do drop a small fortune on blouse, a pair of jeans or some cool shoes -- they will certainly be one of a kind creations you won't find anywhere else.

Rome's major shopping streets include: Via Condotti, Via Frattina, Via Cola Di Rienzo, Via Francesco Crispi, Via Borgognona, and Via Del Corso.  

Frequented by the filthy rich, Via Conditti is popular for high-end designers, while Via Del Corso is much less expensive as it is targeted towards a much younger and less established crowd in search of jeans and tees. Via Frattina features a large number of chic but very inexpensive shops, and Via Cola Di Rienzo features everything from reasonably priced shoes and trendy clothing to inexpensive jewelry. Via Borgognona features professional apparel for the businessman or woman with lots of money to spare and Via Francesco Crispi probably has the highest concentration of eclectic shops and boutiques selling unique items of all kinds and budget-friendly gifts to take back home. 

Shopping hours in Rome are usually from 10:00 a.m-1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Mondays are a toss up. Some stores may be open from 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

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Discount System

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You can still wear authentic designer fashions without actually paying full price for them. At Discount System, expect to find everything from Armani and Fendi to Valentino for up to 50% of the retail price! Discount system is located at Via Panisperna 209.

type:Speciality shops
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tel:+39 06 4746545
address:Via Panisperna 209

La Rinascente

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Located in Piazza Colonna, this department store is part of am Italian department store chain and it is the largest of all locations. La Rinascente sells trendy fashions for men, women, and children as well as cosmetics, perfumes, household accessories, furniture, and hosiery. While La Rinascente is considered upscale, the prices are actually very reasonable compared to many of the shops and boutiques located throughout the major shopping areas in the city.

type:Shopping centers and malls
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tel:+39 06 6797691
address:Via del Corso 189

Enoteca Buccone

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Choose a bottle or two from the finest selection of wines in all of Rome. This historic wine shop (since the 1800s) is located in the coach house of a former noble townhouse -- a Rome landmark.  In addition to a wonderful assortment of wines, including rare vintages that cost several hundred dollars or more, Buccone also sells beer, sodas, water, candy, sweets, biscuits, cheeses, oil, and vinegar. Buccone's small restaurant serves light lunches and dinners. FYI: Buccone will ship your wines back home for you. How's that for excellent more..

type:Speciality shops
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tel:+39 06 3612154
address:Via Ripetta 19/20

Economy Book and Video Center

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Economy Book and Video Center sells books of all kinds, in English only. You can find a wide selection of new and used books here, as well as greeting cards, videos, and more.

type:Book shops
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tel:+39 06 4746877
address:Via Torino 130

Porta Portese open-air flea market

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Hundreds of vendors come together for the Porta Portese open-air flea market in order to sell everything from paintings and vintage television sets to accessories, furniture, antique books, and more. The market is open on Sundays from 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and it is usually elbow-to-elbow by 10:00 a.m., so arrive early.

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address:Viale Trastevere, near the end

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