Campo Marzio Shopping Walk, Rome (Self Guided)

As well as being one of Rome's most central quarters and, thus, one of its most desirable neighborhoods, Campo Marzio is filled with enticing boutiques and markets. Known as a mecca of fashion, this neighborhood actually has everything from antiques and foods to pop culture. To ease your shopping experience, we've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs that you can buy from some of Campo Marzio's famous shops.
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Campo Marzio Shopping Walk Map

Guide Name: Campo Marzio Shopping Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Rome (See other walking tours in Rome)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: Daniel

1) Furla

Furla is a popular store to find accessories, famous especially for its beautiful bags. Address: Piazza di Spagna, 22.

What to buy here: Accessories – No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories, and bags, wallets, gloves and belts are not less important than shoes. Some of the Italian names for accessories have reached an iconic status, such as Gucci's bags, and in Rome is possible to find both big brands and other less pricey but not less classy. Well-chosen accessories are essential to a woman's look as much as her complete outfit, to the extent that sometimes shoes and accessories have the power to boost an otherwise modest style.

The store opens every day from 10am to 7:30pm and Sunday from 10:30am to 7:30 pm.

2) Bulgari

Bulgari is one of the most well-known Italian brands worldwide, you can start your quest for precious gifts right here, at 10 Via dei Condotti.

What to buy here: Jewelry – A piece of Italian jewelry makes for a very classy and elegant gift. Italy has a long tradition of making the fine jewelry that has always been part of the chic Italian style, enriching the look of queens, first ladies and women all over the world. In Rome tourists can buy glamorous pieces by Italian designers who use all kinds of precious materials, from gold and silver to stones and pearls to come up with innovative, elegant limited editions or one-of-a-kind jewels.

Operation hours: Monday and Sunday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm; Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dolce & Gabbana

3) Dolce & Gabbana

One of the most popular names of the Italian fashion tradition is Dolce & Gabbana, popular for its controversial creations. The shop is located at 52 Via dei Condotti.

What to buy here: Clothes Italian fashion – Admittedly, visitors can buy pieces of clothes by Italian designers everywhere in the world, but collections vary remarkably. In Rome a walk along Via dei Condotti, near Piazza di Spagna, is a must for tourists who want to spoil themselves with the most exclusive pieces from all popular Italian designers. Names like Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Trussardi don't need any introduction. If you are in the area, a stop at Dolce & Gabbana is a must for any fashion shopper.

Opening hours are from about 9-9:30am to 1pm and 4pm to 7:30pm.
Francesco Rogani

4) Francesco Rogani

With a reputation as one of the greatest leather stores in Rome, Francesco Rogani specializes in genuine leather accessories, including handbags, purses, belts and wallets. It offers a large selection of shapes and sizes. It is said that this shop has a bag for any event in your life.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Bottega Veneta

5) Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta's, the largest boutique in Europe, is an offshoot of a family business launched in Venice. It is the leader in luxury fashion, known for its signature leather goods, including handbags, luggage and wallets. This stylish boutique also offers home decor covered with leather such as vases, photo frames and pillows.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Galleria dei Cosmati

6) Galleria dei Cosmati

Established in 1901, Galleria dei Cosmati is a third generation family-owned business. The shop, which is located at Piazza Borghese in Rome histroic center, specializes in European mid-century antiques, including exceptional Italian, English, French, and Scandinavian pieces from the 15th to 20th century, such as commodes, drawers, credenzas, couches, and armchairs. Among its collections, you can also find antique furniture and pieces from China, Japan and Korea, remarkable collections of porcelain and jade, as well as beautiful hand-made Persian, Turkestan, Samarkandan, Tibetan and Chinese carpets and tapestries.

Operation Hours Monday - Friday: 10 am - 1:30 pm and 3 pm - 7:30 pm
Mercato delle Stampe

7) Mercato delle Stampe

Located at Largo della Fontanella di Borghese in the historic center of Rome, Mercato delle Stampe has been Rome’s print and paper market for over fifty-four years. Held daily, with the exception of Sunday, its collections include all sorts of printed items such as engravings, 1960s magazines, antique books, postcards, drawings, prints, vinyl records, and many more.

Operation Hours: Monday and Saturday: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

8) Fabriano

A very popular store for office accessories is Fabriano, in 173 Via del Babuino, trendy street adjacent to Piazza di Spagna. Here travelers will find any kind of object they could think about, with continuously new ranges of products, being now the latest one reproducing Rome's map on objects such as notepads, photo-albums, bookmarks.

What to buy here: Accessories for office – A very exclusive gift from Rome can be found in the shops selling accessories for office, such as the paper and leather products made by Fabriano, the oldest continuously operating paper mill in Italy, which dates back to 1264 and boasts Michelangelo Buonarroti among its former clients. This shop are great places to look for original gifts such as leather envelopes designed to hold business cards, sketch books, which are works of art in themselves, and amusing fountain pens. This is a very popular type of gift from Italy, tourists love stopping by a shop selling stylish and elegant accessories for office and buying some chic object for themselves and for family and friends back home.

Opening hours are 10am to 8pm from Monday to Saturday and 11am-1:30pm and 2:30pm-7pm on Sundays.

9) Buccone

It's possible to find a good range of wines in most of the food shops in the Rome, although for a complete selection and aptly given advice, it's recommended to choose a specialized store. One of the most popular wine stores is Buccone, located at 19-20 Via di Ripetta, just beside Piazza del Popolo. Dating back to 1969, Buccone can provide a wide choice of the best Italian wines such as Nobile di Montepulciano, Tignanello, Morellino di Scanzano, with prices ranging from 20€ up to 3600€ for a bottle of red wine Brunello di Montalcino of 1964.

Opening hours are Monday-Thursday from 9am to 8:30pm; Friday-Saturday from 9am to 11:30pm; Sunday closed.

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Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Rome typically costs from around US$20 up to US$80 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Rome and the Vatican City from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the route.

- Cruise along the river Tiber on a similar hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat to view Rome's top attractions from a different angle and be able to get on and off as often as you want at any of the stops along the Tiber riverbanks. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to include a hop-on hop-off bus tour as well.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts 3 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Rome on a 3-hour bike and food tour to visit the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the Eternal City from an informative group leader, plus savor some of the iconic food of the Italian capital.

- Come see all of Roman highlights at a great discount on the Rome Super Saver tour combining two best-selling guided tours for the price of one! Be guaranteed to skip the lines to all the major sights like Colosseum, Roman Forum, and more.

- Take a guided walk to explore Rome's renaissance after the demise of the Roman Empire, learn about the contribution of many popes towards the Eternal City's rise to its present glory. Along with viewing the iconic landmarks, on this tour you will also get a chance to taste Rome's famous gelato (ice-cream).

- Step back in time to the days of the Roman Empire on a 3-hour night tour of Rome to discover the city's top attractions in a different light. Experience Rome's nighttime ambiance amid the twilight and the evening lights adding a romantic touch to the famous sights.

- Explore the artistic trail of Caravaggio in the Italian capital on the Caravaggio walking tour of Rome paying tribute to the great artist's legacy manifested in numerous paintings throughout the city (churches and monuments). Ideal for those on a short visit to Rome and not sure where to start!

- Combine sightseeing with cooking on a 4-hour experience incorporating the “best of Rome” walking tour and the authentic pizza-making class led by a professional Italian pizza chef.

Day Trips

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