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SHOPPING Shopping in Rome T


here are few places in Rome that offer significant discounts, but whether you buy or just browse, stroll, window shop


or people-watch, it’s a wonderful thing to do in the city, especially in some of the specialty markets and on bustling neighborhood streets. Most shops are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00


p.m., and 3:30 or 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 or 8:00 p.m. at night. Most shops are closed on Sunday. If you’re going in mid-August, most shops close for two weeks for holiday. Although the recent decline of the Euro has made buying more palatable, we suggest that you use a major credit card. Be sure to get receipts if you want to go through the VAT tax refund process at the air- port on your way home.


Some of our Favorite Shopping Places…


High Fashion If it’s designer clothes and accessories that inter- est you, the Via Condotti (near the Spanish Steps), Via Borgognona and Via Frattina are some of the best streets for shopping. Here you’ll find Armani, Hermès, Ferragamo, Gucci and Prada. The list goes on and on. Mid-priced shops can be found on the Via Cola di Rienzo.


here, as well as galleries and restaurants. In the fall and spring, the street becomes a festive open-air gallery.


Department Stores & Shopping Centers Not dissimilar to Macy’s or Bloomingdales, there are now large department stores worth visiting, notably La Rinascente (located in the Piazza Fiume) and COIN (on the via Cola di Rienzo). Also, visit the fancy Galleria Alberto Sordi shopping mall on Via del Corso. Here, you’ll find clothes and lots of other prod-


ucts to fit any budget. There’s also Euroma in the EUR (Esposizione Universale di Roma) area, a shop- ping center that’s worth the trip.


Outlets Located outside the city, Castel Romano Designer Outlet is near the airport and has pretty good dis- counts. There’s also Valmontone, about 25 miles to the south. Organized trips and transportation are available from the city. Ask your concierge.


Food Stores & Markets For gourmet and specialty foods to eat on the spot or take home as gifts, try Castroni or Franchi, two large stores with endless choices. They’ll even vac- uum-pack your purchases for you to take home, if you ask. (Ask for “sottovuoto.”) Located in the Piazza Testaccio, the indoor Mer-


cato stands sell vegetables, fruit, meats, cheese, fish, seafood and dairy products. A feast for the eyes and palette. The oldest food market in Rome, Campo dei


Fiori, is open every morning, but closed on Sunday. There are lots of places to eat and drink here, too. For books and prints, visit the Mercato delle


Stampe.


Spanish Square Fountain of the Old Boat and Via Condotti by night. © tanialerro/Bigstock


Art & Antiques Head to the Via Marqutta, a street in the Campo Marzio region. There are lots of antique dealers


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Flea Market There’s one in almost every city and Rome is no exception. Open every Sunday morning in the Via Ippolito Nievo, the rows of stalls seem to go on forever. This is a great place to spend a couple of hours browsing for just about anything, including enough tchotchkes that makes it seem as if it all came from every cellar and attic in Rome.


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