I moved to Rome with a couple of suitcases, so when I landed I desperately needed basic home items that I had not brought with me. In search of sheets, towels, and hangers, I eventually wandered from San Lorenzo to the Colosseum without ever passing a store that seemed to be selling home goods.
After seven years, I have thoroughly filled my closet and now some of my favorite items to shop for now are accessories for my Testaccio apartment.
If you are planning to stay in Rome for the medium to long-term, I bet you need these basics too. So where do you buy sheets and towels, or even furniture in Rome? If you travel to the outskirts of the city you can find the usual suspects of major chain stores, but I like to stay a bit more central and support the smaller specialty shops when I can.
Independent Home Goods Shops in Rome:
Lela Casa (Via dei Pettinari, 37): Lela Casa is easily one of the best home goods stores in Rome. The owner has an amazing eye for functional design pieces that will add interest to any home. The store primarily stocks kitchen items, including Japanese dishes, Italian utensils, and French linen tea towels. However, there are also smaller pieces such as vases, baskets, and shelves that can be used in any room. Located between Ponte Sisto and Via dei Giubbonari, the shop is a must stop for unique gifts (or a treat for yourself).
Staystore (Via dei Falegnami 63): It is hard for me to overstate how much I love my sleep. To create a refuge at home, I cannot resist the cozy but chic bed linens from the collection at Staystore. The high-end bedding and accessories store is a few minutes walk from Piazza Mattei, and I only wish that I could afford to shop here on a more regular basis.
c.u.c.i.n.a.: Cooking wonderland c.u.c.i.n.a. has a few locations in Rome, but the best is the shop that is a few minutes walk from Piazza Navona. The space is crammed with brands like Le Creuset as well as kitschy accessories no one really needs by everyone wants (think plastic banana holders and comical wine bottle stoppers). There are also Made in Italy kitchen goods with a more timeless design, tableware, and cooking utensils. I like to wander around the shop and curse my galley kitchen for its limited storage space.
Aromaticus (Via Urbana, 134): Bursting with potted herbs, Aromaticus is easily the best smelling shop in Rome. I manage to kill ever the heartiest succulents, so I often restock at Aromaticus and grab a fresh salad at the back lunch counter between Monti shopping adventures.
Emporio Libreria di Gusto: Gusto is best known as a culinary bookstore and has 1,000s of titles dedicated to cuisines of all kinds. In addition to books, the store has everything needed to execute the recipes detailed in each tome. There are copper pots, knives and molds to please any lover of cookery. Small home accessories such as wine decanters, decorative trays, and chic aprons are also available.
Peroni: Sharing a name with one of Italy’s most popular beers, Peroni is a beloved kitchen store in Prati. The shop opened in 1948 and has been a Roman favorite ever since. The store is most popular with serious home cooks and professional chefs who are looking for harder to find utensils. The store has an entire shop dedicated specifically to pastry-making, but even this original location has enough molds and cookie cutters to make your head spin.
Leone Limentani: A popular stop for wedding registries, Limentani is also the ideal place to look out for high-end tableware at discounted prices. The entrance makes the shop in the Jewish Ghetto appear small, but it actually stretches deep into the city block on which it is set. Shelves and shelves of stemware give way to vintage porcelain, and if you scour the store you can find brands such as Wedgewood, Bialetti, Cuisinart, and even Hermès to take home for your next dinner party. The shop first opened in 1820 and is still managed by cousins Andrea and Bruno Limentani (the seventh generation to run the historic family business).
Binario 4: A google search for Binario 4 will probably try to send you to a Rome restaurant with terrible reviews, but the Binario 4 that I am talking about is a furniture store in Monteverde. The amazing workshop is run by Silvia, who has filled the large space with reclaimed vintage furniture. There are some midcentury Nordic pieces in fantastic condition, but the most interesting pieces the Italian flea market finds that the shop remakes – updating the color, repairing cracks, and overall mixing and matching – to create one of a kind upcycled furniture. The chairs, desks, tables, and chests of drawers are piled on top of each other but the staff knows a bit about the history of each and every item in the extensive warehouse.
Chain Home Stores in Rome:
Maison du Mondes: I was the last person in Rome to have heard of Maison du Mondes. I discovered this store in Bologna because they have an incredibly central location in the city. Unfortunately, the only location in Rome is out at Parco de Medici – the last stop on the train before Fiumicino airport. Luckily, they deliver orders over €20 for free. Take that IKEA! The contemporary styles and tempting price points are major draws.
Ikea: A store that requires no introduction, Ikea exists in Rome as well. Planning a trip out there somehow always manages to suck up almost an entire day and lead to a healthy dose of stress and even a small existential crisis. However, there are the requisite Swedish meatballs and cheap hotdogs available to tide over any feelings of hanger after attempting to find the ONE thing you actually need in the massive space on the periphery of Rome. Luckily, IKEA Rome also delivers and you can order many (though not all) items online. Shipping is based on weight cutoffs but has become more reasonable in recent years.
Coin Casa: For much more central home shopping experience, Coin Casa has multiple locations within the city of Rome. Though I probably like their design aesthetic the least out of the major chain stores, Coin is definitely the most convenient for basics like pillows and towels. There is a large location near Santa Maria Maggiore (not far from Termini), and another that is one tram stop away from Stazione Trastevere.
Satur: Satur is pretty ideal when you need to stock a kitchen on a budget. While not the highest quality, they have everything you need and change their designs regularly. It is also a good place to find small household accessories like mirrors or side tables. They have lots of household electronics for a steal – think bargain hairdryers and small vacuums – but you get what you pay for and it really depends on how long you want these things to last.
Mondo Convenienza: Most Italian apartments come completely unfurnished, and don’t even have closets! If you need to pick up everything from wardrobes to kitchen cabinets and beds, you can compare the options at Mondo Convenienza to Ikea.
Other Place to Find Home Goods in Rome:
Amazon: I like to shop at independent local shops whenever possible, but there are times when the convenience of Amazon.it wins out over my best intentions. Amazon has everything from small kitchen gadgets like my beloved immersion blender, to cribs (which is where we got this one for the baby).
Casalinghi shops: I promise you that every single neighborhood has a few ‘casalinghi’ – random shops selling small household goods. A lot of these items are sold at a super bargain because they are imported from China, but other local shops will sell Made in Italy pots, pans, and other small daily necessities. Poke around your neighborhood and know that the stores are probably larger than they look from the outside.
Westwing: I love a deal so I also follow the online shop Westwing. The store has daily sales from various home brands and I have found everything from deeply discounted rugs to home accessories that are seriously on trend like hanging mirrors. Shipping is either free or €6, which is more than worth it when you are buying big items. With a 100 day return policy, it is also pretty much risk free. You can sign up here for €40 your first order.
Looking for more tips? Here is where to shop in Rome by street/area.