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Shopping and Eating in Rome

Shopping in Rome

The Romans are elegant and you will find enough fashion boutiques in Rome to empty your bank account for good. If you want to shop something in Rome, there must be leather goods in the form of shoes and bags. It is also common to buy clothes in Italy. But these clothes are not cheap, although you save a lot compared to buying in Norway. There are sales in the period July to September and around New Year.

Shopping in Rome

Shopping streets in Rome

You will find the most exclusive shopping streets near the Spanish Steps. Via Condotti street is world famous, but also see the parallel streets Via Borgognona and Via Frattina. You will find many shopping opportunities in slightly cheaper shops in the Via del Corso street, which goes all the way from Piazza Venezia to Piazza de Popolo. At Christmas, the street is closed in the afternoon and turned into a pedestrian street for the merchants.

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A lesser known street for most tourists is the Via Cola de Rienzo in the Vatican. Here you will find leather goods, books, gifts and not least food. If you want antiques, try the Via dei Coronari street at Piazza Navona.

Markets in Rome

Mercato delle Stampe is the market for book lovers. Remember to bargain. The address is Largo della Fontanella di Borghese. Opening hours are at 0700 - 1300 every day except Sundays.

Trastevere has the flea market Porta Portese every Sunday. People come from afar to sell everything between heaven and earth. The address is Via Portuense and Via Ippolito Nievo. The market is an attraction in itself.

One of the most famous markets is at the Campo de'Fiori itself where every morning, except Sundays, vegetables, fruits, meat and fish are sold. The name of the place has nothing to do with flowers. The market is named after the mistress of Pompey, named Flora.

Shopping malls and specialty shops in Rome

One of the biggest shopping malls is called Cinecitta Due Centro Commerciale and is located on the street Viale Palmirao Togliatti 2. Here you will find more than 100 shops as well as restaurants. Another shopping center is La Rinascente, located in Via del Corso 189. They primarily sell clothes and perfume. Benetton has a big sale on the street Via Cesare Battisti 129. Valentino with its famous V-logo is perhaps the most famous fashion house in Rome. You will find a shop in Via Bocca di Leone 16.

In general about shopping in Rome

The stores are usually open from 10am. From 0930 to 1330 and from. 1530 to 2000, but this varies. Most shops are closed on Sundays, although there are exceptions. On Mondays, some shopping centers and clothing stores open later, but most close early on Thursdays.

Tax Free Shopping in Rome

Don't forget that you pay 20% VAT (at the time of writing) and on all purchases (at the time of writing) over 155 euros, or approx. 1250 NOK, you can get a refund of the VAT on departure. Not all businesses have this scheme on their sale, so look for the Tax Free Shopping badge at the entrance if you are going to buy some more expensive items and bring a completed and stamped form and receipt.

NB! It might be tempting to buy a copy of a brand from one of the many African illegal immigrants that you are sure to come across. But be aware that in many places Italian police have given up trying and fining the sellers, as they often have neither money nor ID papers. But it has YOU. Civilian-clad policemen are therefore keeping a close eye on street vendors, and if they see that you are buying a pirate copy of, for example. a Louis Vutton case or Rolex watch at a fraction of the price, you have to expect a stinging fine.

Eating in Rome

Italian cuisine is both good and exciting and consists of much more than pizza. A meal begins with antipasti, which in short are appetizers. Starters can also be called primi piatti. The next dish is Secondi, which is the main course, either fish or meat. When you buy a main course, you must order vegetables, potatoes and the like as well. Finally, order cheese or fruit (cheese is called formaggi), before ending it with dolci (dessert).

Specialties in Rome and Italy are bruschetta. It is toasted bread topped with olive oil, garlic and often with fresh tomato over. Gnocchi alla Romana are small bowls of semolina served alone or with tomatoes. Mushrooms are common in Rome, and the artichokes are delicious. Try Fiori di Zucca e Carciofi Fritti baked squash with deep fried artichokes.

There are many good pizzerias, but try to avoid the "tourist traps" around the main attractions. Here the food is usually made without the personal "touch". Also, it is more expensive than necessary. Ice cream is huge in Italy and maybe the world's best? Ice cream is called gelato in Italian, and you get to buy it everywhere. Perhaps the best ice cream parlor is the Three Scalini on Piazza de Navona. Here it is expensive, but you eat well and in a famous place.

The regions of Tuscany are used as main suppliers of good red wine in Rome. However, if you have good advice, know that Barolo (from Piedmont) likes to be the best red wine. Big, powerful and heavy in taste, and should certainly have been stored for a few years. White wines may be local, for example try wines from the Lazio region. The house wine is called vino de la casa (red wine is rosso, while white wine is bianco). This wine is usually served in liter or semi-liter scaffold. It is good and reasonable.

Mateldorado in Trastevere, Rome

Trastevere is an area known for many good restaurants. Here you will find restaurants of all price ranges. For example, try the restaurant Da Lucia in Vicolo del Mattonato in Trastevere. It is typical Italian service (good and bad). Here real Roman food is served at a reasonable price, and it is possible to sit outside. Another option is Da Paris, which is the restaurant for the discerning. The address is Piazza San Calisto. Here you get fantastic pasta and delicious fish. The price level at Da Paris is higher than at Da Lucia.

Suggestions for other restaurants in Rome

Taverna Angelica

Taverna Angelica is located at the Piazza a Capponi in the Vatican. The prices are medium high and the restaurant is very good on fish and pasta. Located near St. Peter's Church.

Tullio

This is a typical Tuscan restaurant. Tullio serves grilled meats (try Florentine steak) and fish, mushrooms and pasta. Tullio is located on Via San Nicola da Tolention Street in the Via Veneto area.

Osteria dell'Antiquario

The Osteria dell'Antiquario restaurant, located at Piazza Navona, offers traditional Italian cuisine. The address is Piazetta San Simeone 27.

Many cozy restaurants can be found in the small streets between Piazza Navona and Tiber, perhaps less than 400 meters from the square itself. These restaurants offer much more value than the restaurants in the Piazza Navona itself.

Pizzeria in Rome

The best known (and best) pizzeria is Da Baffetto. Alternatively, we suggest Pizzeria Ivo or Pizzeria Panattoni in Trastevere. Da Baffetto is located near Piazza Navona in Via del Governo Vecchio 114. Pizzeria Ivo has the address Via S. Francesco a Ripa 159, while Panattoni has the address Viale Trastevere 53.


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