Shopping in Rome allows you to experience the city's culture and pick up souvenirs at the same time. There's plenty of artisan shops to visit, many of which are rooted in centuries of history and tradition; browse for handcrafted leather bags, micro-mosaics, candles and silk-lined suits.
Via Condotti is Rome's main drag for haute couture and "aspirational" window shopping, though you'll also find high fashion beckoning from the boutiques on Via Borgognona, Via Frattina, Via Sistina, and Via Bocca de Leone.
If you want to shop where regular Romans shop, there are several good places to go. Via del Corso, and the streets that radiate from it, is the most obvious shopping area. The mile-long street which runs from Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo has all manner of shops. Another area popular with Romans is Via Cola di Rienzo in the Prati neighborhood.
Outdoor markets and antiques
There are several good outdoor markets, flea markets, and places to buy antiques in Rome. Porta Portese, which operates on Sundays from 7 am until 1 pm, is the most important flea market in Rome and is one of the largest flea markets in Europe. At Porta Portese, you'll find everything from antique housewares to secondhand clothing and music to original art, jewelry, posters, furniture, etc.