Rome in an expensive city, so don't expect to find too many bargains. Nevertheless, window shopping is a joy and you will find good value for money, especially if buying leather goods (shoes, bags, gloves and belts) and certain decorative items (lamps, Italian modern designer goods and glassware).
Shops in Rome usually open at 9am-1pm and 3.30-7.30pm (4-8pm in Summer), except on Sundays and Monday mornings.
Grocery shops also close on Thursday afternoons.
Some bookshops (where people often met) and some clothes shops (around Campo dei Fiori, for example) open on Sundays, 10am or 3-7pm.
August is traditionally the month when small business take their annual holiday.
In Rome, most shops and restaurant in Rome close for about two weeks around 15th August.
Whre to go for that:
The area around Piazza di Spagna is where to find the boutiques ( for ladie's suits, jewellery, shoes, etc.)
- Prada, Valentino, Gucci, Fendi (which takes up a large tract of Via Borgognona)
- Missoni and Armani are all to be found within a short distance of one another.
The more prestigious antique shops, as well as several smart restaurant, are to be found in Via Margutta, Via del Corso, and contemporary designers and stylists in Via del Banbuino. For high street clothes shopping and cheap and cheerful fashion, try Via del Corso , Via Nazionale or the area between Ottaviano Metro and the Vatican. Interesting boutiques with more striking fashions can be found along via del Governo Vecchio, in the historic centre.
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