Where to Shop in Rome This Christmas

Christmas is one of the most beautiful times to be in Rome. The narrow streets of the historic center light up with strings of Christmas lights while enormous Christmas trees are erected in the most iconic piazzas, such as in front of the Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. The holiday atmosphere is rounded out by shop windows dressed with some of the best things Italy is known for: fashionable clothes and accessories. If this is the kind of shopping you're after, than the streets around Via del Corso should be your starting point. Here you can find many brands like Zara and Gap, along with some particularly Italian ones. For high-end shopping head to sparkling Via Condotti that ends at the Fendi store lit up for Christmas.

If you like vintage shops or small boutiques, then the area of Monti is where you'll want to shop as new boutiques pop up all the time. Via del Boschetto has the largest selection. On the weekend in Monti there is a market where you can find anything from vintage telephones to handmade jewelry.

For Christmas goods, like statues for nativities and tree ornaments, there is the Christmas market in Piazza Navona that is held every year. The market is the best place to get in the Italian holiday spirit, as there are plenty of sweets, snacks and fun for kids too.

Not too far from the center of Rome is one of the largest shopping malls in the Eternal City. Galleria Porta di Roma has over 220 stores and restaurants. It also has mega multi-sala movie theater with 24 different screens.The mall which is...  Read More

This small shop between the Spanish Steps and Via del Corso is the perfect solution for anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, for yourself or someone special. Inside you'll find the owners Vincio and Susan cutting and piecing together leather...  Read More

If you want to warm up the hands of someone this winter, why not get them a super-soft and luxurious pair of Sermoneta leather gloves? Located in Piazza di Spagna, this shop stocks both lined and unlined gloves for men and women. Sermoneta...  Read More

If you're looking for edible gifts that shout Italy than head over to the Campagna Amica market near the Circus Maximus held every weekend morning until mid-afternoon. Here you can stock up on real Italian delights, such as olive oil, wine, jams...  Read More

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Unique international ingredients from floor to ceiling. If you want to make that interesting recipe that calls for special ingredients from an unusual place in the Mediterranean or anywhere in the world for that matter, this is the place to find...  Read More

Held every weekend in the area of Monti, this "urban" market is a good place to go shopping if you're looking for a unique gift for someone special, or even for yourself! At Mercato Monti you can find young and old handmade designers who create...  Read More

Castel Romano is the leading designer outlet complex located a short distance from both Civitavecchia and Rome. From Civitavecchia it's about an 1.5 hour drive away and many local tour operators offer day trip tours with a coach service that...  Read More

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This is where it all started. In 1918, Adele Casagrande opened a boutique specializing in furs and leather; in the 1960s, Karl Lagerfeld joined the family and what was already a successful Italian operation became an international fashion...  Read More

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Big American-style department stores don't really exist in Rome. But there is one store that comes pretty close and that is La Rinascente. Located in the heart of Rome in the Galleria Alberto Sordi (on Via del Corsto and not far from Piazza di...  Read More

The Christmas market in Piazza Navona is where to go in Rome to get the highest concentration of Christmas cheer. There are stands selling mulled wine and sweets along with all sorts of Christmas decorations, which make wonderful souvenirs and...  Read More


Meet Maria Pasquale

Born to Italian parents, Maria always knew Rome was her destiny, although she was raised in Melbourne.

She has a formal background in political science and policy and now runs her own event...  More About Maria

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