Shopping and market in Rome

By: Michele De Capitani

Have your sit on a chair of a street portraits artistand get your fun profile in just seconds!! Close by Campo de Fiori willentertain your evening with outside café and bars where you can enjoy freshbeers, cool drinks and meet a lot of young people!

If you feel like shopping we do not recommend Piazzadi Spagna and the adjacent streets running off. Shopping there could befrustrating if you do not have much money to spend and also why spending somuch for any top fashion pocket or key holder while you can buy a load ofthings with the same amount of money?? Think better and consider these placesalso: Piazza Navona, Campo de Fiori, Trastevere and surrounding streets arefull of very nice and original shops ( from book shop --see the Almost cornerbook shop located in Trastevere, Via del Moro, 45; ph: 06 583 6942 or The LionBookshop and cafè in Via dei Greci, 33/36-; clothing shops, gourmet shops, toyshops, etc..) or, close to Piazza di Spagna, Via del Corso offers a variety ofmegastores that sell everything from leather goods to athletic wear and casualclothing.

For antiques see Via Margutta. For chocolatespecialties try the tiny Neopolitan chocolate shop that sells deliciouschocolates in a charming interior.

We would also recommend some open air markets or fleemarkets in Rome.For example, in Piazza Campo de’ Fiori every morning you can enjoy one of themost picturesque market made up of?fruit, vegetable and flower stalls.. There you can ask a ‘caffè alvetro’ (served on a tiny glass) just to fell like a local (any time of the dayis fine) and ask for some ‘panna’ on top . You will be ready to sit? and cherish some time looking at the peoplepassing by.

Another authentic flee market? is in Via Sannio, 8-13 (Mon-Fri; 8-1pm; 8-6pmon Sat): there you can still find seventies and eighties hippy clothes.

Another market is in Piazza Testaccio where you canfind excellent objects on sale at reasonable prices.

At Porta Portese market every Sunday is a tresurehunt: they sell just about everything in a stylish organised disorder fromclothes to shoes, furniture, bijoux, plants, piece of furniture, Russiancameras, posters.. Watch out fro your oods while there. Many rubber are justwaiting for innocent tourist So, every Sunday in Via Portuense and Via Nievofrom 6.30-2pm!!

If you have a passion for antiques a market fro you isheld at Ponte Milvio along the banks of the river Tiberon the first weekend of every month. Myriad of stands specialized in antiquesand collectors items.

How to reach Rome?Well, beside the 2 airports (now served by Ryanair) the cheapest way wouldprobably be by train especially if you are a backpacker minding his budget,right?

Most trains travelling to Romefrom other Italian cities and Europe terminatein Termini Station (ph:06 4775). It is right in the middle of the city centre.(National train tickets: ph: 06 47306250). If you arrive by night, do notworry: the area has plenty of youth accommodation to offer as hostels forbackpackers, youth hostels for students and families and so on. If you travelwith a laptop, or you are in a internet café the better thing (instead ofknocking several doors for a hostel bed night) would probably booking directlyonline with a credit card. There are many bookers that provide cheapaccommodation in hostels in Rome:among the others we mention Flashbooking.com.

While in Romeconsider travelling by public transports as metro and

Buses (ATAC; Ph:06 4695 4444):easy to use and quitecheap. There are 200 different bus routes that criss-cross Rome from 5.30 am to midnight. Fast orexpress lines, electrical buses, night buses, disabled buses. Buy singleHealth Fitness Articles,75-minute multi-journey ticket (1€) or a day pass (4€) from automatic ATACmachines or tabacchi. Stamp upon boarding. All bus routes state clearly on thefront where they are going.

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