If you’re looking to do some shopping in Rome, head for Via del Corso, the city’s equivalent to London’s Oxford St. You can either walk from your hotel or catch the metro, on line A, to Flaminio stop and after a short stroll through Piazza del Popolo, you’re there. The choice depends on your location.
But for some really serious purchases, then turn left into Via del Condotti, a street in Rome where you’ll find some of the world’s top names in haute couture – Valentino, Prada, Luis Vuitton, Ferragamo, you name them. A street not for the fiscally-challenged. So if the FTSE’s or HangSeng’s falls are giving you nightly palpitations, you can forget about dropping a few euros here. Stick to windowshopping. For by nightfall the entire street turns into a kind of wonderland for those who, like yours truly, can only gawk at a €2000 pair of shoes. Fancy bright lights and beautiful threads makes us all dream with our eyes wide open while also, miraculously, dodging the passing Vespas.
Rome, of course, has a fair few more places than the high-end retailing of Via del Condotti. All around, in the backstreets and on the high streets are actually easily affordable shopping for just about everyone. They even have Muji (where I picked up a plain black shirt yesterday for a decidedly low-end price of €29)! Which makes me wonder: why the hell does the rest of the world have Muji but not Sydney?