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

Cafe Life – La Dolce Vita

Joe, Gerry, and Jochen at Cafe FarneseJoe, Gerry, and Jochen at Cafe Farnese, Rome, 2012

Relaxing outdoors in one of the thousands of cafes that line the streets is part of the Roman way of living.  Cafes come in all shapes and sizes from the very humble to the very chic. One attribute they all share – the waiters will not rush you.  In Italy no one will bring the check until you ask for it – a refreshing change to be sure. Nothing is more enjoyable that sitting outside with friends and family.  People watching,  discussing the news of the day, or planning where you may be going next can take hours!

You will undoubtedly discover a cafe to call your own, generally if you visit an establishment more than three times you are considered a regular, however if you need a suggestion or two some of my favorites areas/cafes include:

Campo di Fiori – Cafe Farnese

Via Veneto – Cafe de Paris

Navona/Piazza Pasquino – Il Piccolo

Piazza del Popolo – Canova

Via Marmorata – Tram Depot

Please share any of your favorites !!!!

Cafe de Paris, Rome, 2013