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 spread out over several floors includes men's and women's clothing, children's wear, shoes and accessories, sporting good stores and Swedish furniture giant IKEA. Some of the most popular stores aside from IKEA include H&M, Bata (an Italian shoe store), COIN (a department store) Zara clothes and home store, Sandro Ferrone (a designer from Rome), Mediaworld and Sisley. The restaurants include everything from fast food such as McDonald's or a middle-eastern kebab to sit down restaurants such as Fratelli La Bufala pizzeria. BUS: 80, 38.
Recommended for Men's Clothing because: Your one-stop-shoppping center not only for men but the whole family.
Maria's expert tip: During the summer, the mall organizes all sports of outdoor activities in the courtyard such as rock climbing and skate boarding for kids. They also organize free concerts from time to time as well. In the winter, the mall sets up an outdoor ice skating rink on the terrace.
Many would say this is the best of all the men's tailors in Italy. For over 50 years, Brioni has provided his fine line of custom and pre-made suits for such celebrities as Clarke Gable and James Bond. Men who don suits by Brioni are flawlessly dressed in ultimate style. There is a capsule women's collection in the Rome flagship store too. The store continues to offer a customised personal shopping experience where shoppers can be measured for the suit of their choice which is generally tailored in a few days. It's the ultimate in style and service in menswear. Metro: Barberini.
Recommended for Men's Clothing because: Brioni is an exclusive brand of tailored clothing, made-to-measure service, and sportswear for men.
Maria's expert tip: Take advantage of the made-to-measure custom design service.
Business suits and jackets of the highest quality and style are found in this upscale men's store. Lightweight cashmere scarves and sweaters are also popular items as is their wide selection of designer leathergoods including bags, belts and gloves. Zegna has been dressing the world's businessmen for many years. The most popular feature of this classic line of clothing is that the material is suitable to wear year-round, and the designs almost never go out of style. The Spanish Steps area has been home to this shop for many years and it is popular with locals and tourists alike. Metro: Spagna.
Recommended for Men's Clothing because: Zegna is the ultimate in men's couture in Italy and globally.
Maria's expert tip: There is always a small selection of sale items on display if it's a 'bargain' you're after.
Battistoni is a bastion of Rome style and elegance on the ever stylish Via dei Condotti - Rome's famed street which is dotted with just about every world famous fashion house you can think of. Since 1946, Battistoni has clothed numerous celebrities, actors, politicians and business people - both locally and internationally. This boutique is small and displays casual clothes, shoes and swimwear for men. The look is classic, stylish and sporty and the service is the ultimate in elegance and refinement. Battistoni has earned its reputation not only for style, but for the finest and highest quality. Metro: Spagna.
Recommended for Men's Clothing because: In shopping terms, Battistoni has just about all a man could be on the hunt for.
Maria's expert tip: Ask about their expert alteration service.
One of the most reputable and renowned fashion houses in the world, the famous Italian designer's name is found on the numerous pieces of hip but casual clothing in this store. Located on the upmarket and stylish Via Babuino which sits right by Rome's couture and high end fashion street: Via dei Condotti, the store Armani sport coats, shirts and sweaters for the in-style, younger male items are available here at prices much more affordable than the famous Armani suits. The styles are perfect for most any occasion, from a night at the disco to a romantic evening for two. Metro: Spagna.
Recommended for Men's Clothing because: Armani remains one of the top fashion houses in Italy and the world.
Maria's expert tip: Visit the website for information about scheduled fashion nights and events.
Big American-style department stores never really existed in Rome - until now. The Italian brand gallery, La Rinascente has moved location and this new, designer store is multi-level and will impress the fussiest of luxury shoppers. Located in the heart of Rome, between the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain on Via del Tritone, it features 6 floors (across 14,000 square meters) and sells clothing, shoes, accessories, beauty products and household items. Among many more, you'll find brands like Gucci, Fendi, Michael Kors, Swarovski, Tod's, Stone Island and Lacoste. The new flagship store has brought the first Alexander McQueen to Rome and sells quality, top of the line children's clothing and a personal shopping service is available on request. There is a rooftop terrace and a gourmet food court too. METRO: Spagna, Barberini
Recommended for Men's Clothing because: The new Rinascente is a well trusted Italian brand of department stores and centrally located, is perfect to meet your shopping needs.
Maria's expert tip: Visit at lunch time and enjoy the diverse offering at the 6th floor designer food court.
When one thinks of high-end Italian fashion, the first thing that comes to mind is Dolce & Gabbana. The former couple got their start in fashion as assistants at a fashion atelier in Milan in the 80s. Soon after, their inspiration and experience drove them to open their first store in 1982. Since then, the designers have left their mark in the fashion world leading them to become of the most successful designers around the world. The Dolce & Gabbana store at Piazza di Spagna is flashy and full of colors and sequins. The exuberant Rome stores sells both men and women's clothing.
Recommended for Men's Clothing because: Dolce & Gabbana is the pinnacle of classy and quality Italian fashion and design.
Maria's expert tip: The high-end fashion store also sells sunglasses, shoes and bags for men.
The internationally reknowned Missoni brand was established in 1953 by Italian athletic star Ottavio Missoni and his wife Rosita and rose to prominence in the early 1960s when they started using machinery that was traditionally used to make shawls and bedspreads to make clothing. It was at this point their signature zigzag knit was born. Conveniently located just across from the Spanish Steps, this lively boutique will provide an entertaining shopping experience. The bright colors and trendy styles cater to young men and women shoppers. New and old hip designs combine to create the ever-popular retro patterned look. Metro: Spagna.
Recommended for Men's Clothing because: One of the ultimate Italian fashion houses, Missoni is known the world over for quality garments.
Maria's expert tip: Sign up to the Missoni catalogue newsletter for news on collection launches and sales.
Open in 1926, Davide Cenci is a high-end specialty clothing store where the most affluent of Romans shop. Here one can find a wide range of Italian brand names in cashmere, silk, men's tailored suits, sophisticated women's skirts and trousers. This classy outlet caters for men, women and children and stocks brands like Giorgio Armani, Versace, Burberry, Hogan, LaCoste and Tod's. The store located in the heart of the Centro Storico also features leather boots and shoes and children's clothing. Walk in, even just to check out the stylish minimaist fit-out design. BUS: 116, 80, 492, 53, 52. METRO: Spagna.
Recommended for Men's Clothing because: Davide Cenci is renowned for its style, class and quality designer brands.
Maria's expert tip: One can find some pretty good bargains here during Rome's summer sales in July and winter sales in January.
Like La Rinascente, COIN is an upscale department store located in the Prati area right by the Vatican. The store is actually located on one of Rome's famous shopping streets in Rome on Via Cola di Rienzo. The store has several floors featuring homeware, bedding, men's and women's clothing, children's clothing, shoes and accessories and perfume and make-up. The store boasts a wide range of Italian and international high street designer brands. COIN has two other locations: one in the San Giovanni neighborhood and a smaller installment which is conveniently located within Rome's central train station, Termini. BUS: 492, 81. METRO: Ottaviano, Lepanto.
Recommended for Men's Clothing because: COIN department covers all your needs from cosmetics to shoes and clothing.
Maria's expert tip: The locations at Termini and Via Cola di Rienzo also feature the famous cosmetics brand MAC.