In the Eternal City it is quite possible to shop till you drop! There are many shops that now open all day from 9.30am to 8pm. Many more now open on Sunday, often from 11am to 1pm and 4pm to 7.30pm. August is holiday time in Rome and almost everything closes around Ferragosto on 15 August. Different areas tend to specialise in different goods. If you are accustomed to designer wear, the area around Piazza di Spagna, especially along Via dei Condotti is for you. Here you will find Prada and Gucci etc. Via del Governo Vecchio near Piazza Navona consists of much less expensive designer boutiques. Near the Vatican on Via Cola di Rienzo supply all the mid market chains. You will also encounter street sellers supplying copies of designer goods at good prices. If you are prepared to haggle you may get a good price for what you want. Be careful when out walking around as pickpockets are in operation. Only take what you need for that time.
Eating out in Rome is a wonderful experience. Prepare for your taste buds to be tantalized! With more than 5,000 eateries for every budget you are sure to feast like royalty. Tourists are welcomed and you should find that there is an English translation on menus. If not, waiters are always ready to attempt a translation. Ask your hotel staff for their recommendations or even better, ask us for our recommendations to suit your taste and budget!