Shopping in Rome: find the best deals and buy low cost in Rome
Rome is one of the best Italian cities for shopping: there you will find items for all budgets and tastes. But what are the steps to buy low cost? Let’s discover them together.
Via Tuscolana: a shopping destination at affordable prices
Via Tuscolana certainly is one of the best known low cost destinations in the city, as there are several local markets such as that of Porta Portese, every Sunday from 6am to 2pm: there you can find many new and second hand clothing items at really affordable prices.
Another equally interesting Sunday market is that of Borghetto Flaminio, a real oasis for vintage enthusiasts.
A few steps from Porta Portese there is Cinecittà 2 shopping centre.
To reach Via Tuscolana, you can take the metro line A and get off at the stop with the same name.
The Vintage Market at Quirinetta Theatre
This market takes place on every Sunday and it has become a regular appointment for many Roman citizens, since they can buy not only vintage accessories and clothing, but also creations by emerging stylists, furnishings made with recycled materials, original design objects, vinyls, records, books and music posters.
Its celebrity meant that a special Facebook page was created to allow users to be informed anout the latest news.
Via del Corso
Via del Corso is another street where you can go shopping at low cost; you will find shops of the famous big brands like H&M and Zara, but also many others run by small merchants, with a closer human relationship.
Since you can easily reach it by public transport, we suggest you not to use the car, as city traffic is very intense and finding parking would prove to be a titanic undertaking.
Via Cola di Rienzo
In this street, not far from Viale Giulio Cesare and the Vatican, you will find a vast assortment of shops at more or less affordable prices, just think of Coin, the Italian multi-floor department store.
Viale Marconi / Trastevere station
Numerous low-cost clothing chains such as Pimkie, Fashion Effects, Mötivi or Exact are located near Trastevere station.
If you don't like the usual shops, don't worry, because there are some really delicious goodies; here you are some examples:
- Twice Vintage Shop: Via San Francesco a Ripa, 7
Shop founded in 2010 by two Roman sisters, Cristina and Tania, who personally choose all the items for men and women.
There you can find a vast assortment of clothes and accessories from the 1920s to the 1990s, even designer labels, at very low prices.
From the beginning, the two sisters have cooperated with artists and film productions and this has allowed them to conquer a large Italian and international clientele.
If you are curious, you can also visit their website and online shop;
- The Butcher: Via di S. Francesco a Ripa, 16
Although the name could mislead you, inside you will not find any cut of meat. The Butcher is a nice boutique of refined and low cost clothes;
- Trast: Via della Scala, 7
More than a clothing store, Trash is a brand for men and women born from the initiative of two friends. The name Trast derives from its birthplace, the Trastevere district of Rome, and creates streetwear clothes. The prices of its products are decidedly affordable, for example a T-shirt costs around 25 euros;
- Natinudi: Piazza di S. Cosimato, 65
Natinudi is a true paradise of colours, where you can find clothing items for children from 0 to 12 years old. Even if the shop has been designed to fit the little ones, it is still worth a visit to give you some moments of joy and light-heartedness.
Via del Boschetto
This street, located in the Monti district, is the undisputed destination of alternative shopping: here you can actually come across shops teeming with unique pieces, for example:
- Kokoro: Via del Boschetto, 75
Behind a cheerful red door there is a wide selection of superlative quality handmade clothes and jewels;
- Sufir: Via del Boschetto, 96
There you can buy clothes made by emerging Italian designers at very reasonable prices. The staff is very courteous and speaks several foreign languages;
- Piccioni Fabio: Via del Boschetto, 77
Piccioni Fabio is the kingdom of jewelery, where you will have the opportunity to buy jewelry of all prices. In addition, it is not uncommon to find brooches, necklaces, vintage bracelets from the most prestigious brands such as Chanel, Dior and so on. This is not a simple shop but a small museum, as the owner decorates the walls with his works;
- Blue Goose: Via del Boschetto, 4
At Rossella's, a nice and friendly owner of Blue Goose, you can buy vintage clothes, even designer ones, at really low prices. Although small, the assortment is vast.
Low cost shopping in Rome: some useful tips
If you want to do low cost shopping in Rome, it is recommended to take some useful precautions, for example:
- inquire in advance about the type of shop you would like to visit;
- set a budget to not suddenly find yourself broke;
- draw up a specific itinerary: Rome is really big and going from one area to another would make your shopping experience confused and dispersed;
- give priority to small traders: not only will you have a better chance of grabbing exclusive pieces, but you will make a concrete contribution to the Italian economy and the human relationship is better than what you might have in a shop of the usual big chains;
- take your time: shopping is not a marathon, but a moment of relaxation, fun and light-heartedness;
- don't miss a coffee/lunch break, during which you can relax and recover from long walks;
- in order not to overfill, ask the merchant if he makes shipments.
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