So you have a few days in Rome and you would like to see a few landmarks here and there, eat like and Italian, but also you may want to do some shopping, after all Italy is land of designers fashion and fashionista. So here comes the big question: Where to go shopping in Rome? Only if you could have imagined how many times we have been asked this question you too would have realize the importance of a good shopping center in Rome, so ready? Here we go:
1- Via Del Corso: if you do not have really enough time on your hand our only suggestion is “Via Del Corso”, a long ancient street between “Piazza Del Popolo” and “Piazza Venezia”. Via Del Corso is at the heart of Rome’e historic center so it is really easy to reach out and since it is next to many of Rome’s important landmarks including “Spanish Steps”, “Galleria di Alberto Sordi”, “Marcus Aurelius Column”, “Altar of the Fatherland” and… the shopping experience can become both shopping and sightseeing. Almost all of famous Italian and non Italian names and brands can be found easily in or around Via Del Corso and you can almost buy anything in there, from cheap flip flops to luxury expensive watches. So if you are going to stay only 2 – 3 days in Rome and you do not want to spend a whole day or a big part of your time for shopping, simply go to Via Del Corso.
2- Porta di Roma: if you are a serious shopper and really want to do some serious shopping, you may want to go to one of the Rome’s shopping centers (Centro Commerciale in Italian), like: Porta di Roma. Porta di Roma (meaning Port of Rome in Italian, obviously :-P) is located in northern part of the city and is almost out of the city itself, so it will take you sometimes to get there and to go back to your hotel and considering the time that you will be spending there, you probably may want to leave 5 to 7 hours of your time. If you want to use public transportation system of Rome, the bus lines 38 and 80 from Termini station and Piazza Venezia respectively will take you to Porta di Roma directly. Apart from almost all of famous clothing and fashion stores, an Ikea center, a multi salon cinema, Leroy Merlin center and so many restaurants and fast food stores can be found in Porta di Roma. We strongly recommend visiting Porta di Roma during the Christmas and New Year’s period for the festivals and ceremonies that are going on.
4- Euroma2: At the exact oppsite side of the Porta di Roma, southernmost part of the city you can find Euroma2, perhaps not as big and luxurious as Porta di Roma Euroma2 is another Rome’s big shopping center. Euroma2 is almost identitcal to Porta di Roma in so many ways, so all we can tell you is that if your hotel is located in southern parts of the city you may want to go to Euroma2 instead of Porta di Roma. The only tiny problem is that you have only one option to get there using Rome’s public transportation system: but number 71 which leaves from metro Linea B station EUR Fermi. Or perhaps you may want to rent a car, or use a sharing car system or even buy a new car, like a Ferrari, after all you’re in Italy, land of Ferrari.
5- Castel Romano Designer Outlet: So if you have come to Italy just for shopping, forget about Via Del Corso, Porta di Roma or Euroma2, you have got to go to an outlet, like Castel Romano Designer Outlet where you can find everything from %30 to %70 percent off all year long, so we have to warn you: be careful about your credit card. Going to and coming back from this outlet will take almost one complete day, since it is so far from the city there are shuttle services from Rome’s main train stations (Termini, Tiburtina and Ostiense) that will take you there and back to the city.
6- Valmontone Outlet: Another outlet near Rome, with a huge food court where it will give you a new sense of shopping and eating, or eating and shopping, identical to Castel Romano, a shuttle service from city center will take you there and back, so you will easily enjoy you’re experience where again you have from %30 to %70 percent off all year long. So everything and everyone is ready to help you destroy your credit record… hahaha.
A few final notes:
1- Check the websites of the outlet centers and shopping centers and make sure about the opening hours and shuttle services and their time table to avoid any inconvenience.
2- Enjoy your time in Rome and in Italy in general as much as you can, it’s a must, you have no other option, seriously!