Dear Ms. Cabot,
Where can I go shopping within walking distance from Trastevere? Sincerely, Desperate Shopper
Dear Desperate Shopper,
Fashion is a modo di vivere in Italy, and Italians have long been known for their fine and exquisite taste in fashion. If you are looking to add some new pieces to your wardrobe this semester, the shopping scene in Rome will not disappoint. There are two major shopping hotspots in Rome: Via Cola di Rienzo and Via del Corso.
Via Cola di Rienzo is in the Prati neighborhood behind Castel Sant’Angelo. There are a lot of cool boutiques if you want to find some Italian-made, one-of-akind pieces. If you’re a fan of the department store model, check out Coin Excelsior which has clothes, shoes and accessories from a wide arrange of brands and designers.
Via del Corso sits between Piazza Venezia and Piazza del Popolo. This is more traditional shopping street with a wide variety of designer stores interspersed with small boutiques here and there. If you are a Zara-holic like me you will be happy to find a four-story Zara with a wide selection of styles. This is also a great street if you know exactly what you are looking for. If you need some new denim check out the Levi or Diesel store, and if you are looking for some new athletic clothes or shoes go to the PUMA or Nike store.
Twice Vintage Shop on Via di S. Francesco a Ripa in Trastevere is the place to go if vintage is your aesthetic. They have an eclectic selection of pieces spanning several decades. This is the place to go if you have been itching for a classic leather jacket or some unique 60s-style dresses.
If you have not yet bought souvenirs for all of your friends and family at home, my favorite place to go is the gift store in Vatican City. I have found that they usually have good quality items as opposed to a lot of low-quality souvenirs I have seen at some tourist trap gift shops. If you come from a Catholic background like I do, you also added benefit of getting religious items like rosaries or saint medals at the Vatican which can mean a lot for whomever you are buying the gifts. Yours truly, Ms. Cabot