Shopping and Eating in Rome, Italy

By | December 15, 2022


From Rome you can bring good leather goods (shoes, jackets, bags), clothes of Italian fashion designers, knitwear, fine linen, porcelain, crystal, jewelry and bijouterie, souvenirs, old-style picture frames or a custom-made copy of an old statue. Read more: shopping in Rome.

According to topbbacolleges, the main shopping streets in Rome are Via del Corso, Via del Tritone and Via Nazionale, which starts at Piazza Venezia, goes to the northwest and is the central artery of the area, which consists almost entirely of shops. The latest, exclusive models of shoes, clothes, accessories and jewelry from Armani, Gianfranco Ferre, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Laura Biagiotti, Valentino, Rocco Barocco, Trussardi and many others are sold in the Piazza di Spagna area.

Prices in Rome are lower than in Milan, higher than in Naples. In winter, from January 15 and in summer, from August 16, the sales season starts (sconti and saldi); if you get closer to the end, the discount will reach 70%.

A couple of minutes walk from the Trevi Fountain is one of the most prestigious shopping centers in Rome – Alberto Sordi Gallery. It is history and art in itself, take a look here at least for the sake of interest – centennial stores do not come across on every corner. The modern malls Euroma2 and Roma Est also deserve attention, however, it is more difficult to get to them, but when did this interfere with a real shopaholic?

Fans of spending the day in outlets will have to get out of the city: it is 25 km to the second largest Castel Romano in Italy, and about 45 km to the Valmontone outlet, one of the largest in the world in terms of area. But there are several family mini-outlets in the center of Rome – look for UPIM signs, this network works with Italian brands and offers good discounts all year round.

Be sure to visit at least a couple of Rome’s flea markets: Porta Portese with the opportunity to find everything in the world, buy spices at Mercato Campo de Fiori, look at the original wardrobe detail at Mercato Monti, Vintage Market and Borghetto Flaminio, and at Mercato delle Stampe find a rare comic book or your favorite old edition book.

In the narrow streets of non-tourist areas, look out for inconspicuous grocery stores that can surprise gourmets with incredible sauces, sweets, cheeses, sausages and coffee. Be sure to visit the authentic book and stationery shops – they trade in second-hand books, sell old and new postcards, posters, reproductions and cool calendars. On the streets near the Vatican, you will not be overwhelmed by religious souvenirs, you will also find themed Roman-Italian things there, but first compare prices in several shops.

What to try

Pizza in all its manifestations, delicious ice cream from old family gelaterias, coffee, coffee and more coffee.

Fans of non-alcoholic pops are advised to hunt for the local drink of the gods – “chinotto”, an unusual and aromatic soda made from the extract of bitter orange-orange fruit. Try several different varieties and find the best one. The unusual refreshing taste of “chinotto” will make you run around Russian grocery departments for a long time (and, most likely, unsuccessfully): unfortunately, this drink is brought to us extremely rarely, if not by accident.

Small drinking fountains are scattered all over Rome: you can and should drink water from them! It is much tastier than some Russian mineral water and is absolutely harmless, as it is still delivered through ancient aqueducts. In addition, it is economical: once you buy a bottle of 0.5 liters of water and pay about 2 EUR for it, you can constantly replenish your supply of life-giving moisture absolutely free of charge in these same fountains.

Cafes and restaurants in Rome

In Rome there are trattoria and hosteria – analogues of the Russian concept of “tavern”. Such establishments, as a rule, are distinguished by good cuisine. Eating here costs a little less than in a restaurant – about 15 EUR for a full lunch or a multi-course dinner.

Rosticeria – small restaurants with home cooking. This is the most economical option – lunch or dinner here will cost about 9 EUR. Rosticeries are usually located in quiet lanes, away from bustling tourist spots. They are visited with pleasure by the Italians themselves. Well, the cheapest way to have a bite is to take a pizza to go for a price of 3 EUR.

Do not try to demand a piece of pizza in an institution under the sign of Pizzicheria – this is an ordinary grocery store, a small deli. Cheese and ham – please, pizza – very unlikely.

They eat breakfast in Rome on the run, swallowing a cup of coffee and a croissant in three minutes. Lunch, as a rule, is also in bars (panini sandwiches or takeaway pizza – pizza al taglio). Dinner starts around 19:30 and lasts until midnight.

When choosing a restaurant for dinner, be guided by the public. The best sign of a good place is several noisy Italian families and companies of different ages at neighboring tables.

Roman cuisine is delicious, but very ambiguous. For example, for frying, they often use not refined olive oil at all, but fat from salted prosciutto ham. With a strong spirit and stomach, we recommend you go all out and try the oxtail stew popular in Rome for several thousand years – “coda alla vaccinara”, pig brains, stewed giblets and veal intestines as a main dish or pasta ingredient, tripe with cheese under the code called “trippa” or fried testicles of a ram or bull. There will be something to remember and tell later.

Those who do not agree to such experiments can treat themselves to saltimbocchi, abbachio rolls in spices and herbs from lamb, cod baccala fillet with vegetables in the form of steamed thick fish soup or one of the many pastas. Just be aware of the likely tripe or salted pork cheeks-guanciale in the composition. If you are really scared, then choose “cacio e pepe” – traditional Roman spaghetti with grated cheese, olive oil and black pepper. For an appetizer in both cases, order the slightly-burned bruschetta.

Eating in Rome, Italy