Shopping Till You’re Dropping – Rome

Via Margutta, Rome, 2012Via Margutta, Rome, 2012

Romans, like most of us, love to shop and I am not talking about window shopping!

Outdoor and weekend markets, upscale clothing, kitchen wares, decorative design and furniture – there is something for everyone.   Via Cavour, Via Condotti, Via Veneto, Via del Corso all great streets for shopping and worth a visit.  One of my favorites, however, is Via Margutta.  A narrow street in the historical center near both the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo.  Sometimes referred to a “the foreigner’s quarter”.  Originally home to craftsman and artisans, workshops and stables, you will now now discover art galleries, restaurants, chic hotels, and boutiques selling decorative arts and clothing.

Beyond Via Margutta there are several special shops that I discovered while living in Rome and would encourage you to visit if you have the time.

Gusto – For the latest in kitchen gadgets.  You can literally spend hours here.  Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 7 

Ditta G. Poggi – Art supplies, fountain pens, paper, inks, etc. Via del Gesù, 74/75

Confetteria Moriondo & Gariglio – Amazing homemade chocolates and candies.  Stepping into this shop is like stepping back in time. Via del Pie’ di Marmo, 21/22 

Roscioli Salumeria – A wine bar, delicatessen, bakery, gourmet emporium.  I can’t say enough about the staff or some of the amazing prosciutto including venison.  Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22