Where: Rome, capital of Italy
What’s in store: Great deals on leather crafts and chic but stylish fashions
Bag a bargain: Bags and shoes are of the highest quality at good value costs
There are some lovely designs in this shop and everything is made in the workshop next door, so you can have anything made to measure. They only use the best hides that are tanned as only the Italians know how!
Artigianato in Cuoio
Via dei Chiavari, 39
Tel & Fax – 00 39 06 68 30 7297
Antonio the cobbler
Via Basento, 34
If your shoes need a complete makeover go to Antonio, but don’t phone – he doesn’t have one – go in person. If you ask for a business card, he will point to your shoes and say ‘everyone walks out of here with business cards on their feet’.
All around the Spanish steps and the Piazza di Spagna, the Via Condotti, Via Borgognona and Via Babuino, you will find more designer clothes than you can shake a very beautiful and expensive stick at.
For clothes that you don’t have to take out a second mortgage out to buy, try the Via Nazionale and the Via del Corso.
Via della Pigna, 18
Tel – 00 39 06 679 4837
Any fashion-conscious clergy in the family? Well take them back something from what you could call the clerics’ Prada. Featured in the Pilot Guides: Rome programme, the store is just round the corner from the Pantheon.
The lighting shop featured in the Pilot Guides: Rome programme is:
Via Margutta, near the Piazza del Popolo.
(Tel – 00 39 06 36 00 1810)
By Lora Galantini