Souvenir Shopping Tour, Rome (Self Guided)

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
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Comandini

1) Comandini

One of the most popular stores to choose gifts belonging to the Italian religious art is Comandini, located at 151 Borgo Pio.

What to buy here: Religious art – Whether you are a believer or not, Rome is also the capital of Christianity. While many sell cheap souvenirs of little value, there are others such as Comandini 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.

Open every day from 9am to 6:30pm and Sunday from 9:30am to 1:30pm.
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L'Artigianato

2) L'Artigianato

L'Artigianato is a small shop next to Piazza Navona that sells colorful ceramic pottery and kitchen ware from many Italian regions and by the local artists.

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. 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 to represent the countryside daily routines. Prices vary and can go from 5€ up to several hundreds of euro.

Opening hours are 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 8pm from Monday to Saturday; closed on Sundays.
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Aldo Fefe

3) Aldo Fefe

Aldo Fefé is a small and picturesque shop specializing hand painted papers. Located at 20b Via della Stelletta, near Piazza di Spagna, it was founded in 1932 and always kept open by the same family of artists.

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. 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.

The shop is open from Monday to Saturday 8am to 7:30pm; Sunday closed.
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La Bottega del Cioccolato

4) La Bottega del Cioccolato

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.

There are many artisan shops selling freshly made chocolate in Rome. One such place is La Bottega del Cioccolato at 82 Via Leonina, where the chocolate is made in the workshop right behind the store. There is a crazy variety of pralines! Among their products, there are also typical Roman symbols such as the Colosseum, Pantheon and the Mouth of Truth.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9:30am-7:30pm; Sat: 9:30am-1:30pm
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Pasticceria Valzani

5) Pasticceria Valzani

Rome boasts its own very ancient sweet delicacies. Typical pastries belonging to the old Roman tradition are the famous Pangiallo romano, Panpepato, Mostaccioli, and Torrone romano. Pangiallo romano is a sweet made of a mix of different kinds of nuts such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, adding honey, raisins and chocolate. Panpepato is a different version of the Pangiallo enriched with chocolate and spices. Mostaccioli is based on a very old recipe that ancient Romans used for weddings. Torrone romano dates back to the ancient Rome and is enriched with pistachio, almonds and chocolate

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

6) Antica Caciara

There are many places in Rome where tourists can find excellent cheese, and most are not far from the city center. Antica Caciara in Trastevere district sells a wide range of delicious cheeses, sausages and other local specialties. The shop located at 140 a/b Via San Francesco a Ripa. Prices varies 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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Whether you are in Rome for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Rome has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

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.