There are many great places to shop in Rome. But many of the designer shops on the Via Condotti are not affordable to the general shopping public. Luckily, there are several places in Italy's capital where you can find designer fashions at bargain prices and outlet centers that can be reached by shuttle bus from Rome.
Discount Designer Shopping
Within the historic center of Rome, there are several shops that sell extras from designer showrooms or secondhand duds from the city's fashion set.
On these two streets, you will find Vestiti Usati Cinzia (Via del Governo Vecchio, 45), which sells gently worn, designer name fashions and Antonella e Fabrizio (Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 247), a boutique shop with discounted merchandise from major Italian labels.
Another popular place to find a wide selection of designer labels is Gente, a store with several locations throughout the city including on Via del Babuino (Numbers 81 and 185) and Via Frattina, 69. Both streets are near the Spanish Steps. Gente even has its own outlet at Cola di Rienzo, 246 (located on the west bank of the Tiber River).
Travel Tip: Rome's fashion boutiques hold huge sales twice a year in January and July. Shoppers can expect to find items discounted up to 70 percent, making those two months excellent times to find bargains in Rome.
Outlet Shopping Beyond the Walls of Rome
Rome's suburbs have several outlets worth visiting. South of the EUR district are the outlets at Castel Romano, part of the McArthurGlen chain of outlet centers. Castel Romano has 110 outlet boutiques, including Dolce e Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, La Perla, Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Calvin Klein, Valentino, and more.
Also south of Rome, on the freeway towards Naples, is the Valmontone Fashion Outlet, part of the Fashion District chain of outlets. Valmontone boasts approximately 200 designer outlets including Bottega Veneta, Adidas, Byblos, Frette, Valleverde, and dozens of other boutiques by Italian and international designers. If you're in Rome without a car, Valmontone offers a shuttle bus to its outlets on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Pick up the shuttle near the Termini train station at Via Marsala, 29. Tickets are available in the Terracafé.
For where to shop and what to buy in other Italian cities and towns, see Shopping in Italy.