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 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
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
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
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 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.
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.
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
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