Alfieri Leather Shop in Rome

I am going to admit that I find shopping for leather items intimidating. They can be beautiful pieces but are also a major investment that I am worried about messing up somehow. That is why I was thrilled to discover the family-run Alfieri leather store in Rome. The store is…

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Look Inside Fendi Rome’s Private VIP Floor, Palazzo Privè

A rare look at Fendi’s private VIP floor above their store in Rome.

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Mercato Trionfale in Rome

Mercato Trionfale first opened outside of Vatican City and on the edge of Rome in the late 1800s. This makes it one of the oldest neighborhood markets (mercati rionali) in the city. As the Prati neighborhood grew, the market moved to Via Andrea Doria in the 1930s. The stalls received…

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Otherwise Bookshop in Rome

The newest English-language bookshop to hit Rome has quickly become one of the best. The Otherwise Bookshop stocks fiction and non-fiction a minute’s walk from Piazza Navona. The modern bookstore feels current and clutter-free. It is not huge, but there is plenty of room to browse without feeling cramped. The…

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Where to Shop for Home Goods, Furniture and Kitchen Accessories in Rome

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…

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The Best Shopping Streets in Rome

I often get asked where my favorite stores are in Rome, and while I do have a few tried and true favorites that I return to often, I am much more of a window shopper. I will browse a lot before making a coveted purchase, so I make the most…

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Rome Christmas Markets

Rome is undeniably beautiful at the Christmastime. Large trees appear in front of the Colosseum, in Piazza Venezia and on St. Peter’s Square. And the yuletide vibes keep coming between the twinkling lights and decorations that are strung up across the city. But one of the best things about celebrating…

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Polvere di Tempo: Dust of Time Shop in Rome’s Trastevere Neighborhood

Via del Moro is a particularly charming street. It is also one of my preferred shortcuts through Trastevere because I can check out the book display at The Almost Corner Bookshop, and then ogle (eat) all the pizza at La Renella. But one of the true gems of the street…

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