Souvenir Shopping Tour, Rome

It would be a pity to leave Rome without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Rome, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Rome (See other walking tours in Rome)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Author: Daniel

1) Comandini

What to buy here: Religious art – Whether you are a believer or not, Rome is also the capital of Christianity, and around the Vatican City there is obviously no lack of religious shops. While many sell cheap souvenirs of little value, there are others where tourists can find beautiful pieces of art, such as paintings, decorations or even precious rosary beads that can be considered real pieces of jewelry. Apart from rosary beads, religious gifts can include statues, cards, pendants, medals, towels. Prices vary, and tourists can buy a rosary for less then 2€ or for almost 900€ for a gold one, depending on its material and overall quality.

Shops where to choose gifts belonging to the Italian religious art are usually in the city center, with a higher concentration near the Vatican. One of the most popular stores is Comandini, in 151 Borgo Pio, opened every day from 9am to 6,30pm and Sunday from 9,30am to 1,30pm.

2) L'Artigianato

What to buy here: Ceramics – Italy has a great tradition of hand-painted ceramics, and a nice gift can be chosen within the diverse selection of pottery from all over the country, including both traditional and modern pieces. Receiving a piece of hand-made ceramics will make friends and family feel like sharing the Italian lifestyle, appreciated by people with different tastes, habits and traditions. Plates, tea pots, bowls, spoons, jars and glasses, all kinds of objects and colors will be able able to bring a piece of the made in Italy's spontaneous charm. Beautiful pottery coming from many regions such as Tuscany, Umbria, Sicily, the pieces are made by modern designers who refer to ancient and current Italian traditions, especially representing the countryside daily routine. Prices vary and can go from 5€ up to several hundreds of euro.

Tourists in the lookout for such colorful gifts can find them during their visit to the beautiful Piazza Navona, where at the number 84 is L'Artigianato, small shop that sells colorful ceramic pottery and kitchen ware from many Italian regions and by the most famous artists. Opening hours are 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 8pm from Monday to Saturday; closed on Sundays.
Aldo Fefe

3) Aldo Fefe

What to buy here: Hand-painted paper – Another nice gift from Italy is a product made with hand-painted paper, such as little chests of drawers, writing paper, picture frames and photo albums, wrapping paper, diaries and charming marionette theaters. The gifts that can be included in this category belong to the most diverse moments of daily life, from notepads to recipe books, and their decorative patterns can easily attract the most diverse preferences. Materials used for these objects can range from wood, fabric, leather and hand-made paper, giving origin to colorful creations. Most of the times these objects are actually made in store, so tourists can even ask the artists to modify them according to their taste. Since objects are made of very different materials, require a different amount of work and are of different quality, also prices change remarkably, from a 1€ for a decorated pencil up to 200€ for a big leather photo-album.

One of the most popular stores in Rome where to find this kind of gift is Aldo Fefé, small and picturesque shop in 20b Via della Stelletta, near Piazza di Spagna, founded in 1932 and always kept open by the same family of artists. The shop is open from Monday to Saturday 8am to 7,30pm; Sunday closed.
La Bottega del Cioccolato

4) La Bottega del Cioccolato

What to buy here: Artisan chocolate – Italy has a long tradition of producing artisan chocolate. Apart from being delicious, it makes for a very nice gift because it's possible to find it in the most diverse and colorful shapes and packages that can be considered a proper form of art. A typical Italian product is Gianduia, created in 1856 by Caffarel, the oldest Turin's chocolatier, a mix of hazelnut and chocolate. Famous brands such as Caffarel, Perugina, and Venchi always have beautifully packaged chocolate ready to be bought as a gift, and their name is always a guarantee of high quality. Venchi, operating since 1878, works on improving and polishing traditional Italian recipes using strictly selected ingredients belonging to the Italian tradition such as hazelnut and almond. Either chocolate finely packaged bars or boxes with small pieces, they all make for a gift that can hardly disappoint. Prices depend on quality and weight, and can start from 2€ to up to 20€, with the possibility to create your own basket.

If tourists want to buy freshly made chocolate, there are many artisan shops such as La Bottega del Cioccolato in 82 Via Leonina, where the chocolate is made in the workshop right behind the store. Among their products there are also typical Roman symbols such as Colosseum, Pantheon and the Mouth of Truth. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7,30pm. Sunday closed.
Pasticceria Valzani

5) Pasticceria Valzani

What to buy here: Sweets and pastries – No meal is properly finished without a combined dessert, and in Italian tables this can hardly be missed. The whole country boasts a great tradition of sweets, pastries, cakes and cookies that can be bought in the many bakery shops of the capital, but Rome boasts its own very ancient sweet delicacies and the capital is obviously the best place to find them. Typical pastries belonging to the old Roman tradition are the famous Pangiallo romano, a sweet made of a mix of different kinds of nuts such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, adding honey, raisins and chocolate, the typical Panpepato, a different version of the Pangiallo enriched with chocolate and spices, Mostaccioli, very old recipe that ancient Romans used for weddings, and Torrone romano, also dating back to the ancient Rome and enriched with pistachio, almonds and chocolate.

A great sweet shop where tourists can find both pastries belonging to the ancient Roman tradition and the rest of the country is Valzani, open since 1925, in 37 a/b Via del Moro, in beautiful Trastevere district, a must-visit for anyone who goes to Rome. Opening hours are 10am to 7pm Wednesday to Sunday; Monday and Tuesday closed.
Antica Caciara

6) Antica Caciara

What to buy here: Cheese – Every Italian region has a long tradition of cheese production, and each of them boasts its own type. Cheeses come from very old Italian food habits, and throughout the country there are countless types of cheeses. According to the law, it can be defined cheese the product obtained with the coagulation of milk. From the worldwide popular mozzarella to Sardinia's Pecorino to the northern Gorgonzola, cheeses have many kinds of uses in the Italian cuisine, such as on top of the pasta with most types of sauces, at the end of a meal before fruit and dessert, and sometimes as part of the antipasto. The difference among cheeses is also due to the different milks used, that can be from cow, goat, sheep and buffalo. A very well-known delicacy is the mozzarella from buffalo milk, of a particularly fine taste, produced in large part in the Campania region and very much appreciated all over the country.

There are many places in Rome where tourists can find excellent cheese, and most are not far from the city center. In the beautifully picturesque Trastevere district is Antica Caciara, selling a wide range of delicious cheeses, sausages and other local specialties. The shop is in 140 a/b Via San Francesco a Ripa, and prices can vary remarkably depending on what kind of cheese visitors want to buy, how seasoned they are and what kind of milk was used, ranging from 10 to 20€ per kg.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Campo Marzio Shopping Walk

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Travel Distance: 1.9 km
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Travel Distance: 2.8 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

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Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Rome's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Rome Tourist Card, OMNIA Card, Best of Rome Sightseeing Pass, or Omnia Vatican and Rome Pass.

A city pass combines all of or multiple Rome and Vatican City's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time. Some of them you don't even have to pick up but can scan straight on your phone at any of the city's major attractions/museums!

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Rome hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Corso 281 Luxury Suites, Hotel Cosmopolita, Hotel Piazza Venezia.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Rome, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

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

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Rome, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like the chic island of Capri, ancient Ostia, Siena and San Gimignano, Assisi and Spoleto, Amalfi сoast, or the ancient city of Pompeii. For as little as US$70+ to US$170+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including gorgeous coastal scenery, historic seaport, charming medieval structures, birthplace of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan religious order, ancient Roman ruins, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Rome, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned bus, boat or a private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.