Rome’s best kept shopping secret…

Rome is known for its fabulous shopping – but the streets round the Via del Corso and the Piazza di Spagna can get overcrowded, making shopping with family or footsore companions a chore.

There is an alternative, however – my two favourite shopping streets off the beaten track and away from the main tourist drag.

What is more, they are perfectly placed if you are visiting the Vatican or Castel sant’ Angelo, Piazza Navona, the Palazzo Farnese or the Campo dei Fiori – so you can combine shopping with sightseeing!

Via dei Banchi Vecchi is easily accessible, as it is directly across the road from the Ponte sant’ Angelo. This is a street where Romans live and you will find all the useful shops locals need – including electrical shops, hairdressers, bicycle shops,  toy shops, cafes and shops where you can send a fax, email or make a photocopy – as well as artisan shops full of lovely handmade goods.

Via del Pellegrino joins Via dei Banchi Vecchi – and this where the real artisan shopping starts, with antique shops, artisan jewellers, art shops, vintage clothes emporia, independent boutiques and artisan leather craft shops.

 

Sancesario Emilio Artisan Jewellery
Like jewellery? Me, too. Sancesario Emilio Artisan Jeweller

Whether you are just browsing or looking to do some serious Christmas or souvenir shopping, these two streets offer something for all budgets and tastes in a relaxed boho atmosphere.

Don’t forget to look skywards en route, as there is some spectacular architecture in this area of Rome – this was a Roman route and an area known as Via Mercatoria (market street), but Via del Pellegrino was also one of the routes pilgrims took to the Vatican.

Via del Pellegrino 58 was the home of Lucrezia Borgia’s mother, Vannozza Cattanei – the lover of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI. She was also the mother of his son, the infamous Cesare Borgia.

Both streets are fairly narrow and shade you from the sun, so provide a nice haven from both tourists and the midday rays – but watch out for speeding Vespas and cyclists when you shop and stop, as locals make their way up and down the streets at their own pace!

Toy shop
Toy heaven for little tourists

Once you have finished browsing Via dei Banchi Vecchi and Via del Pellegrino, head to the Campo dei Fiori – and walk diagonally across it to Via dei Giubbonari – another great shopping street, but being near the Campo dei Fiori, it gets busy. However, you will find some fantastic shops and cafes here – including my favourite shoe and bag shops. See my previous post Rome Shopping – Bargain Boots and Bags 

Buon viaggio and happy shopping!

Vintage dressing at Coup de Theatre
Vintage chic at Coup de Theatre
Fabrica
Shop for fabrics and home linens – with stunning architecture as a bonus!
Fax, email, photocopy, stationery
Fax, email, photocopy, stationery – all life’s essentials
Pocket money glassware
Souvenirs at pocket money prices
Independent boutique
Independent boutiques are plentiful
Boutique and leather goods maker
Another fab boutique alongside an artisan leather goods maker
Breakfast and Cocktails
Breakfast AND cocktails on the same menu – died and gone to heaven!
Officine Red
Officine Red – On trend clothes for him and her
Insalateria, Vineria, Food Lab
On holiday, you don’t want any old cafe – you want an Insalateria, Vineria and Food Lab. Here’s one!
Architecture
Look up – blue skies and stunning architecture

Want to go to Rome now? Download ROME ALONE and ROME AGAIN free at Amazon Kindle Unlimited or for £2.40 – and set off to the Eternal City for a weekend of surprises, as unhappy housewife Bee and newly-divorced Alzheimer’s expert Dr Neil McCarthy leave from opposite ends of the country for a mini-break full of the unexpected that will change their lives forever. Return to Rome with them three years later and discover the forces at work which they never suspected on their first trip.

ROME ALONE was short-listed for the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook’s New Novel Centenary Award.

Both books contain sexual content, adult themes and dark humour which some might find upsetting. Also scenes of shopping, gelati, vino rosso, amore and Rome.

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New in 2018:  VERONA ALONE and VERONA AGAIN – Happy reading!

All images copyright Angela Meredith 2017

 

 

 

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