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Monday, May 24, 2010

Shopping in Rome, Italy

Via Condotti, Rome's main upscale shopping str...Image via Wikipedia
By Roxanne Bridger

With so much to see and do in Rome, shopping is usually one of the activities that gets left till last. But what a lot of people don't realize is that a great place to really soak up Italian culture is at its markets and shopping areas. Here are a few of the best places to really get to immerse yourself in Italian Culture. Opening hours vary by the type of store. Most shops are open from 9 -9:30 until 1pm and reopen from 4 pm to 7:30 pm.

Some clothes shops are closed on a Sunday and maybe even a Monday depending on where the store is, and bakeries and other small food places are usually open from 8 am to 1 pm then reopen from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. They are usually closed on Thursday afternoons and Sundays in the winter months and on Saturday afternoons and Sundays during the summer months.

Via Condotti is one of the most central shopping areas and is the most typical of the old Roman streets. Know as Rome's version of 5th Avenue, many of the Top end brands are here, such as Armani, Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, and, Cartier. Nearby Via del Corso has the more affordable selection of clothes and accessories. there are a number of megastores that sell everything you could need, from leather goods to athletic wear and casual clothing.

If the weather's not too good and you want to spend a few hours warming up in a shopping center, visit Euroma2. There are over 230 shops and places to eat housed in a massive structure, surmounted by domes Arabian, a few hundred meters from the GRA. Take Metro B line from Termini to EUR Palasport station, cross over the road and take the free 15min bus to the and from the shopping center.

If you are looking to find some small and unique shops, head to the historic centre. There are lots of small roads and piazzas, all interconnected, that can make it fun to wander the streets and find something new round each corner. There are too many places here to mention and everybody's trip to the area is different. A great way to spend a warm summer's afternoon.

To find out more about the area including the best hotels in Rome and the best places to eat out, make sure you have a look at a travel guide of Rome so you can plan ahead.

By Roxanne Bridger - a travel enthusiast who loves to explore the world!

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