Saturday, May 18, 2013

Moda Italiana

Fashion is a major part of Italian culture. Italians love to look good and uphold "la bella figura." Milan is known as one of the world's fashion capitals, but Rome is also home to couture and affordable finds. 

The Via Condotti is one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world and located directly across from Piazza Spagna in the middle of the city. If you are searching for a Prada wallet or Louis Vuitton shoes, head right over to the Via Condotti. 

A view of the Via Condotti from the Spanish Steps!

If you are on a smaller budget, like I was when studying abroad, summer sale season is your best friend. Sales, or saldi are usually 50-75% discounts. Some key stores to visit in La Citta Eterna are: 
  • Massimo Dutti
  • Oviesse
  • Oysho
  • Zara 
  • Class
  • Intimissimi
Massimo Dutti, Zara and Oysho are all located in Galleria Alberto Sordi, a beautiful, air conditioned mall in the heart of Rome. The galleria also has two cafes where you can enjoy a snack, an espresso or a glass of wine. 

Galleria Alberto Sordi, also an air conditioned escape from the Roman heat!

Class and Intimissimi are free standing stores with various locations in the historic district. In addition to these stores, tons of small businesses in every Roman neighborhood have beautiful, unique finds for any budget. 

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