Via del Corso
Via del Corso, one of the city’s longest streets, is located right in the historic centre of Rome. Comparable to London’s Oxford Circus, the bustling thoroughfare is lined with a wealth of high-street stores and designer boutiques, including leading international brands such as Zara, H&M, Massimo Dutti and Pinko. Via del Corso is also home to an array of international shoe boutiques offering everything from classic Italian leather footwear to the latest in sportswear chic. Those looking to invest in Italian leather should make a beeline for Gazelle, one of Rome’s most trusted leather goods brands. Part of the street is pedestrianised for an even easier shopping experience, making Via del Corso well worth seeking out.
Via dei Condotti
Head over to Via dei Condotti for some of Italy’s most prestigious fashion brands. Home to exclusive international and Italian fashion houses such as Gucci, Dior, Bulgari and Dolce & Gabbana, the street is one of Rome’s premier shopping destinations. Those looking to invest in Italian design will be spoilt for choice and the new season collections are sure to tempt discerning fashion lovers. Located close to the Spanish Steps landmark, Via dei Condotti attracts an elite fashion crowd looking for luxury gifts while its striking classic architecture also makes it the perfect place to window shop.
Via Vittorio Veneto
Via Vittorio Veneto is one of Rome’s most striking streets and its vibrant elegance has been immortalised in Federico Fellini’s classic 1960 film La Dolce Vita, which used the street as its principal setting. The charming avenue is renowned for its café society, stylish hotels, lively bars and exquisite shops, and a walk down this celebrated boulevard will showcase some truly unique and special stores. Via Vittorio Veneto features everything from high fashion to authentic Italian boutiques, including Casuccio e Scalera which offers vintage and highly collectable shoes. This is also a must-visit destination for those looking for handmade clothing and intricate embroidered household linens.
Via del Boschetto
For one of a kind, handmade items, head to Via del Boschetto in the Rione Monti district. An easy walk from several of Rome’s most iconic sights, this chic street is a great place to explore. As well as world-famous international brands, Via del Boschetto also offers collectible and artisanal pieces. The Rione Monti district is famous for its artisans and ateliers, selling everything from handcrafted jewellery to vintage clothing and accessories. Kokoro is a great place to shop for unique fashion buys – its pieces are entirely handcrafted and the boutique is a celebration of colour, prints and textures. For jewellery, visit the Eliodoro store.
For a less crowded, more relaxed shopping experience, head to Via Borgognona, located parallel to the famous Via dei Condotti. Its cobbled streets are lined with upmarket designer fashion houses as well as lesser-known boutiques – perfect for picking up some unique gifts. Major Italian brands include Emilio Pucci, Moschino, Gucci and Fratelli Rossetti, and discerning gentlemen should pay a visit to chic menswear store Eddy Monetti. Originally founded in 1887, the brand offers sophisticated clothing and accessories. Il Bisonte is a great place for stocking up on leather bags and accessories while Iro’s minimalist menswear, womenswear and accessories styles are perfect for all seasons.