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By Chris | April 6 2007
Rome is well known for its sumptuous shopping; there are areas of the city that dazzle with glamorous designer boutiques and palatial flagship stores, while in others the stores are small, quirky and full of character.
For the best international luxury shopping head for the area near the foot of the Spanish Steps, in particular prestigious and exclusive Via dei Condotti and Via Borgognona. Wander to buzzing Via del Governo Vecchio for trendy boutiques and beautiful Via Giulia for art and antiques. When it’s time to take a breath, stop and sample “la dolce vita” with Via Vittorio Veneto’s famous, romantic sprawl of chic cafés and bars. Take a look at our shopping highlights and listings for a flavor of the best.
One of the most exclusive shopping destinations in the city, Femma Sistina is an innovative two-fold experience.
On one hand, it is a glamorous beauty salon famed for its five decades of decadent treatments and celebrity clientele (Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn and Nicole Kidman are just some of the style icons to have visited the parlor); on the other, it is an elegant fashion boutique stocked with unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, a sensational collection of quirky and beautiful accessories, and a range of exclusive cosmetics and fragrances. Owner Lisette Lenzi is passionate about looking after her clients’ entire personas, through personalized beauty and mini-spa treatments, and finding matching colors, combinations and moods in bespoke pieces that can often be refitted to individual specifications. This is the perfect spot to unwind and be pampered in the middle of a busy shopping trip, have a cocktail and a chat about your style and image, and browse a sumptuous sprawl of unique fashion for the look that is right for you.
Esteemed jeweler Damiani began to craft exquisite and unique pieces from the finest gems in 1924 and is today a highly-acclaimed and elite brand beloved by royalty and celebrities across the world.
Damiani’s Rome-based boutique is an elegant stop on luxury mecca Via dei Condotti.
Injecting a note of elite cool into Rome’s designer shopping scene, Cameron Diaz favorite NuYorica is one of the chicest spots for designer fashion in the city.
Showcasing outfits, shoes and accessories for every occasion – from the most on-trend names in couture – this is the place to go for fresh, contemporary style from the hottest designers on the scene.
One of the most prestigious names in luxury accessories, Borsalino hats are made with the expertise, precision and alchemy of century-old machinery, and 150 years of experience at the forefront of exclusive men’s fashion.
Today Borsalino also produces an elegant range of ladies’ hats, and has four luxury boutiques in Rome. The sleek flagship establishment at Piazza del Popolo offers an attentive personal shopper service.
+39 06 3265 0838
Piazza del Popolo 20, 00187 Rome
A classic Rome tailor providing bespoke jackets, suits and accessories to the most elite clientele, Battistoni’s elegant pieces have been worn by royalty, politicians and Hollywood glitterati, from Marlon Brando to Sophia Loren.
This quintessential luxury stop, which has been running for over 60 years, can be found on the exclusive Via dei Condotti.