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Souvenirs and Gifts in Rome
What to Buy and Where to Buy it

Looking for ideas for gifts in Rome? Souvenirs? Here are my favorite things to buy and where to buy them.

I love giving gifts from the Florence-based Santa Maria Novella boutique. They make your luggage smell great, they are small, and they are very italian!


Stuff to Get as Souvenirs and Gifts in Rome - Why I Love These Ideas

I try to be practical when recommending things to get as souvenirs and gifts in Rome. Usually, people are flying home from here, so they need something that travels well.

My ideas for stuff to get as gifts and souvenirs in Rome are things that are unbreakable, small, and/or don't weigh much. It's also a bonus if it smells good (like coffee or perfumed soap!)

Of course you can buy a gorgeous Venetian lamp, or a case of wine, and have it shipped. But for more practical purposes, here are my favorite things to get and to suggest to others to buy when they want ideas for souvenirs and gifts in Rome:

Want to see a map of all my favorite places to buy souvenirs and gifts in Rome? Jump to the bottom of the page.

Stuff to Eat and Drink

Things to eat and drink make great souvenirs for yourself, and also great gifts in Rome. It's usually something people appreciate and will use.

Just make sure you know the tastes of the people you are buying for. Otherwise, you might have to eat and drink these things yourself!

Edible gifts in Rome

I think edibles make great gifts and souvenirs.

They are easy to pack, usually not breakable, and, will almost certainly be consumed and enjoyed. Here are my favorite places to get sweet and savory edible gifts in Rome. 

Edible treats make great gifts and, depending on the item, they travel well. Just avoid meat, which you will probably not be able to bring into your home country!

Rome may not be a known chocolate-producing center, like Switzerland or Belgium, but you can find some delicious, not to mention, gorgeous, chocolates in Rome. Try these spots:

moriondo gariglio chocolates

If you know anything about me, you'd know of course I'd start my list of ideas for gifts in Rome with chocolates. Yes, I am a chocoholic.

One of the most wonderful places to get chocolate gifts in Rome is at Moriondo Gariglio, right near the Pantheon

One of the best places to buy artisinal chocolates in Rome is at Moriondo Gariglio.

Address: Via del Piè di Marmo, 21/22

Hours: 9:00 AM–7:30 PM


Valzani Chocolates

Another chocolate emporium not to be missed in Rome is Valzani Chocolates in Trastevere. They've been making the stuff since 1925 (in fact, most of the decor and fixtures in the shop are from when they first opened!).

Just walk through the door and you will be greeted with a wafting aroma of warm chocolate. It's worth going inside just for that. 

But in winter, I go there also for the hot chocolate. Just get it. You will thank me.

Address: Via del Moro, 37a/b

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Monday closed.


Antica Caciara Cheeses

Why don't I suggest getting meat as a gift from Rome? Because in many places, such as the US, you cannot bring in meat of any kind, even if it's vacuum sealed. No, you can't. Trust me.

Another wonderful souvenir or gift you can get in Rome is cheese. You can get it vacuum-sealed, and it keeps or 6 months until you open it. So it travels well. (We are NOT talking about mozzarella or burrata or any other creamy cheese. Just the hard kinds like parmesan, grana padano, and similar cheeses.)

You could easily buy vacuum-sealed parmesan cheese at just about any grocery store in Rome, and you can definitely get it at Fiumicino airport too.

But if you want to enjoy the experience of tasting difference cheeses, and visiting a real Italian deli, where the purveyors can assist you with your choices, and perhaps give you some tastes while telling you about the cheeses, you should head to some of the wonderful salumeria around Rome, such as Volpetti (Trastevere and Testaccio), Roscioli (Campo dei Fiori), Salumeria F.lli Ciavatta (Trevi Fountain).

One of my favorites is Antica Caciara in Trastevere. Signor Roberto, the owner, has been working there since he was 13. The shop was founded in 1900 by Roberto’s grandfather Albino. Yes, you read that right, 1900. Go check it out.


Address: Via di S. Francesco a Ripa, 140A/B.

Hours: Hours 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM. Sunday closed.


Truffles

Truffles are one of those foods people either love or are indifferent to (I adore truffles and cannot imagine being indifferent to them. I think it's a genetic thing.)

For the truffle lover, truffles are of course great gifts our souvenirs from Rome. They travel pretty well. Whole truffles don't keep that long but sliced truffles, truffle oil, and truffle sauce all keep very well.

Visit my page here for more about where to buy truffles.

Drinkable gifts in Rome

I think the most common drinkable gifts in Rome you can buy are coffee, wine, and limoncello.

Maybe we can add grappa to the list. For alcohol, you are probably going to get them in the same place: A wine shop, or enoteca (see below.)

First, let's talk about coffee as a gift our souvenir from Rome. 

Here is a typical after-dinner scene at a Roman trattoria - some want coffee (espresso), some want grappa, some want amaro, and some want limoncello (not pictured.)

Coffee

At Caffè Sant'Eustachio, you can find nice little gift packages of coffee but also of chocolate-covered espresso beans, teas, and many other cute tea and coffee-related gifts in Rome.

Coffee is one of my favorite gifts in Rome to get for friends and family. There are some famous coffee places in Rome, and they make nice gift-packages so it's pretty much a no-brainer.

Coffee doesn't break, it doesn't weigh too much, and it will make your luggage smell great (if you like coffee, of course!)

Head over to some of Rome's best-known cafés and grab a bag of beans, whole or ground, or perhaps some chocolate covered espresso beans, or even some tea.

Wine

Wine makes a great gift or a souvenir for yourself.

It's one of the gifts in Rome I get my dad each year - two bottles of fabulous red Italian wine. As an American, I am allowed two bottles of wine duty-free, so I just get the two. I also don't get more because frankly it would weigh down my luggage.

I Colori del Vino is one of my favorite places to go for an evening of wine-tasting and dining, but they also sell wines by the bottle and have an excellent selection. They also sell some gourmet packaged foods with make great gifts too.

I don't worry about breakage because I use these great travel wine-bags.

You can put your wine in there, and stick it in your suitcase. I've never once had a break or a leak when using these bags (and they are re-usable).

If I wanted to take more wine home, I'd have it shipped.


Limoncello, Grappa, Amaro

Limoncello is a nice gift because it usually comes in small, cute bottles. Ditto for grappa. But if you are getting limoncello or grappa for people as gifts from Rome, make sure they will actually like/drink it.

Limoncello is very sweet, and has a high alcohol content. It's meant to be consumed as an after-dinner "digestive."

Grappa is not sweet at all, and in fact, can even burn a little. It's got a high alcohol content as well, and like limoncello, is meant to be consumed as an after-dinner digestive.

You could consider getting an "amaro", another digestive liqueur which is something like Jaegermeister.

Where to buy wines and liquors in Rome

If you are unsure about which wine or liquor to get, it's best to head to a wine store where they can assist you with your purchase, and give you a little education about these items.

Trimani is one of the largest and oldest wine shops in Rome. You will find plenty of choices here, but also help with your selections if you want.

My favorite is Trimani, Via Goito, 20 one of the largest wine shops in Rome, and supposedly the oldest. You can also try smaller wine shops you will find around Rome.

Looking for wine-related gifts like this beautiful decanter? (Click the photo to see more details.)

Check here on Amazon for lots of great ideas.

Rome-themed things

It's pretty easy to walk around Rome and find all shapes and sizes of Rome-themed souvenirs, such as magnets, t-shirts, snow-globes.

Here are some of my favorite Rome-themed gifts you can find in Rome but also right here on romewise!

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Vertecchi

Not far from the Spanish Steps, there is a well-stocked stationery/art-supplies/gift shop where you can fund some cute Rome-themed gifts in Rome.

Vertecchi is a stationery and art- and office-supply store that sells Rome-themed notebooks and other stationery items, along with Rome-themed bags and other gadgets and gifts.

AddressVia della Croce, 70 a/b

Hours: Open daily 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM


Rome tours as gifts in Rome

Do you know someone who is coming to Rome soon?

Why not get them a tour, cooking class, or other fun experience? You can book Vatican and Colosseum tickets and tours, a food tour, a Gladiator lesson, a pizza-making class, and much more for someone coming to Rome. They will thank you!

Start here and browse tours, tickets, and experiences.

Leather Goods

I think one of the most popular souvenirs and gifts in Rome are leather goods.

Florence is probably the most famous place to buy leather in Italy but even in Rome, I know people love to purchase leather for themselves or as a gift.

If you're looking for high-quality artisan leather products, look no further than Florence-based Ben Heart.

While there is a lot of low- to medium-quality stuff out there, you can find excellent leather goods to buy as gifts in Rome.

As you might imagine, the less something costs the more likely it's not top quality. But this might be perfectly fine if you just want a nice souvenir, or something simple and casual for yourself or as a gift.

Once you start getting into the more expensive zone for better quality, you have a lot of factors that determine the price - mostly, quality of the leather, quality of the workmanship, details, and brand name (or lack thereof).

Leather bags, wallets, luggage as gifts in Rome

Ben Heart

Ever since I discovered Ben Heart in Florence, thanks to Georgette Pradier Jupe, otherwise known as GirlinFlorence, I've been in love with the quality leather and workmanship of Ben Heart. You cannot go wrong buying anything here, and even the smallest items make for excellent souvenirs or gifts in Rome.

Address: Ben Heart can be found on multiple locations in Rome. There are two near the Spanish Steps, at Via del Gambero, 38Via della Croce, 71bis /72. A third location is near Campo Dei Fiori, at Via dei Giubbonari, 58.

Hours: Daily 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. 

Sirni

As I've mentioned on my other shopping pages, like where to buy handbags in Rome, and where to shop near the PantheonSirni is one of my go-to places in Rome for leather wallets and bags

You can find gorgeous, uniquely-designed items for sale, or, you can ask them to make you something to your specifications. They literally make everything in the back of the shop.

AddressVia della Stelletta, 33

HoursMonday - Friday 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM and  2:30 PM -7:30 PM. Closed Sunday

Marta Ray

Marta Ray makes fun shoes and handbags for men and women. 

The leather quality is good and the designs are noticeably different than what you find everywhere else. I bought the cutest, most comfortable rain galoshes here and I wear them every time it rains in fall and winter. I love them!

AddressCan be found in multiple locations, most notably in the Jewish Ghetto and in TrastevereVia della Reginella, 4 (+39 06 687 3714); Via dei Coronari, 121-122 (+39 06 6880 2641)

HoursDaily 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. 

Mancini

It's pretty easy to find mass-produced, cheap-quality leather in shops all around the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. (You can spot these shops by the clumps of bags hanging outside the shop entrances.)

But you can see when you walk past Mancini that this shop does not fit into that category. First of all, they don't need to hang their bags outside to draw you in. Also, as I said, you could easily walk past it without realizing it. Basically, those in the know come here for superb-quality leather goods.

You'll find bags, belts, briefcases, and even luggage. Stop by even just to browse so you can enjoy what it's like to see one of the rare made-in-Rome leather shops around the Eternal City.

Address: Via della Palombella, 28.

Hours: Open daily 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM.

Shoes in Rome

I don't think shoes make a great gift but they can definitely be a wonderful souvenir for yourself. For more about my favorite shoe-shopping in Rome, visit my shopping page here.

If you're not coming to Italy any time soon, you can browse Italian-made Italian shoes on Amazon.

Shopping at vintage/flea markets for leather gifts in Rome

Whether you are looking for a bargain, or just like browsing and looking for gems in vintage or flea markets, Rome has plenty of options.

Porta Portese

Rome's most famous flea market is called "Porta Portese". Named for a specific city gate, the market actually takes up a much larger area. This may not be the best place to get gifts in Rome but it's a fun place to browse if you have a lot of patience. Most of the stuff is pretty junky, but you will find some gems if you have a good eye and keep at it.

AddressPiazza Porta Portese and surrounding streets

HoursSun 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Via Sannio

If you want more of a daily street market, especially one dealing in inexpensive and used clothing, head to via Sannio (San Giovanni Metro stop). 

You'll find plenty here, from military garb to shoes and bags to clothing.

AddressVia Sannio 65

Hours: Daily 8:00 am - 2:00 pm (Thursday and Saturday 5:00 PM)

Pifebo

With three slightly different locations around Rome, Pifebo has established themselves as one of Rome's best vintage shops. You will find well-curated rooms full of shoes, bags, leather jackets, jewelry, and more.

While you can see new arrivals and even shop on their website, vintage-shopping lovers should head to the store and enjoy the browsing experience.

Monti address and hours: Via dei Serpenti, 135-41. Mon-Sat 11:00 AM -  8:00 PM; Sun 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

San Lorenzo address and hours: Via dei Volsci, 101.  Mon-Sat 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Sun 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

San Giovanni address and hoursVia dei Valeri, 10. Mon-Sat 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Closed Sunday

Via del Governo Vecchio

Via del Governo Vecchio is a sort of long, winding shopping street behind Piazza Navona.

It's fairly well-dotted with vintage shops that are crammed with jeans, bags, and plenty of leather goods to boot. Shop hours may vary but even just walking along this street is a fun adventure, and you'll find plenty of other shops here as well.

Jewellery

I could (and will) write a whole page about where to get jewellery in Rome. For now, here are my favorite spots, and also some spots highly recommended by some friends of mine:

Anna Retico Design

I always stop in this unique jewellery shop in Trastevere when I pass by. I love Anna Retico's interesting designs. She makes lovely jewellery but also some home decor items. And the best part is, most of her things are really affordable.

You can check some of her designs here on her website.

Address: Vicolo de' Cinque 13 (Trastevere)

Hours: Her store is open mostly daily but there are not set hours as she is one person and sometimes simply not there. Usually if she is out, she will leave a note on the door saying when she will be back, or how to reach her.

Co. Ro. Jewels

Co.Ro. Jewelry offers uniquely architecture-inspired designs, many based on Roman architecture. Photo - Co.Ro. Jewelry From Livia Hengel's article about them.

Ever since I spotted Livia Hengel sporting jewelry by Co.Ro., I've ben coveting all their lovely and original designs. If you want something special, something Rome-themed, something unique, this covers all those bases. Read Livia's article about them here.

Visit their official website here to see more designs.

They call themselves "Architecture-à-Porter In Rome", and their designs are all architecture-inspired. I particularly adore the ring that looks like Borromini's staircase in the Galleria Barberini.

Address: Via della Scrofa, 52

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM. Closed Sunday.

Gioelli a Rome - Grand Tour Collection

My friend Wendy Holloway (Flavor of Italy) turned me on to these delightful pieces at this charming shop on Via dei Coronari. 

They make replicas of ancient Roman coins and turn them into necklaces, rings, bracelets, and more. And once again, these are very affordable souvenirs and gifts in Rome!

Address: Via dei Coronari, 32

Hours: Open daily 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Campo dei Fiori Jewelry shops

All around Campo dei Fiori are shops selling gold and silver jewelry.

There are quite a lot of them.

The idea is that you pick what you want and they weigh it and you pay by weight. These shops are not meant to offer you enticing displays of beautiful pieces, but rather to offer you exactly what you want.

A 14-karat gold rope chain that comes to your collarbone? Sure. 24-karat gold ball earrings? Fine. Etc. You can find these shops on Campo dei Fiori and also along via dei Giubbonari and on various side streets.

Religious Items

You will not be without options for buying rosaries as gifts in Rome. There are shops dotted around the city and you will likely come across them even without looking for them.

But if you want the best selection of Catholic-related gifts in Rome, here are the best places to go:

Rosaries and other Catholic gifts in Rome

Vatican and Vatican Museums

One obvious place to purchase rosaries and other Catholic-themed gifts in Rome is on your visit to the Vatican.

You will find gift shops at many points inside the Vatican Museums and once again as you exit them, several times over. You will also find gift shops on the roof of Saint Peter's Basilica (if you climb the dome), and as you exit the basilica as well.

The area near the Vatican is literally choc-a-block with shops selling Vatican-related merchandise.

Savelli

Besides the Vatican itself, one of the best places you can shop for Vatican and Catholic themed souvenirs and gifts in Rome is Savelli. Literally just steps outside Saint Peter's Square, this hidden gem of a souvenir shop has just about anything and everything you can imagine. 

Visit their website to see their collections. You can also shop on their site, and they ship internationally.

AddressVia Paolo VI, 27/29

Hours: Mon - Sat 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM. Sunday 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM.

Ecclesiastic attire and other goods

Near the Pantheon, there are streets lined with shops selling ecclesiastic attire and related items. You will be spoiled for choice. 

Gammarelli

For really unique and unusual gifts in Rome for the guy in your life, how about a pair of red-colored cardinal socks, or better yet, pope socks? Yes! You can buy the same socks Pope Francis wears.

Gammarelli is famous for being THE shop that outfits the Pope, since 1874. While you could choose from three priestly colors - black for priests, purple for bishops, and red for cardinals - you will also have plenty of other color choices.

Address: Via di S. Chiara, 34.

Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 AM–7:00 PM. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Gifts from Rome's Jewish Ghetto

Head into Rome's historic Jewish Ghetto for some Jewish-themed gifts in Rome. In particular you will find some interesting and original shops on Via della Reginella. 

Synagogue and Jewish Museum

Rome has several synagogues but the main one is in the Jewish Ghetto. Romans refer to it simply as "Il Tempio." THE temple. 

You can visit the temple and museum, and there is a well-stocked gift shop inside.

Address: Lungotevere de' Cenci.

Hours: Open Sun - Thu 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Friday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Closed on Saturday.

Alefbet

This little shop in the heart of the Jewish Ghetto sells original, hand-made artistic versions of letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Costs vary wildly depending on the material used.

AddressVia della Reginella, 25.

Hours: Mon - Thu 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Sunday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Media - Books and Movies

Books about or set in Rome

Whether you are buying gifts in Rome or for a Rome-lover, books (or e-books) about Rome (or Italy in general), or set in Rome are a great idea.

I've got lots of great ideas for buying Rome and Italy guidebooks, fiction, and more over on my Amazon store. Come check it out!

Movies set in Rome and italy

Nothing like watching Roman Holiday, or maybe Gladiator, to get you in the mood for your Rome trip or even an armchair travel to Rome.

For lots of ideas about movies set in Rome and Italy, come on over to my Amazon shop.

Soccer/Football Jerseys

I can't tell you how often people used to ask us where to buy Italian soccer (football if you are not American) jerseys. Sometimes they wanted one from either of the Rome teams (S.S. Lazio and A.S. Roma - fierce rivals!), but sometimes people wanted just something "Italian".

Here are places you can get the official team jerseys as gifts in Rome, plus a few other options.

S.S. Lazio Store

The first soccer/football team created in Rome was S.S. Lazio in 1900. Their colors are light blue and white. 

If you visit their official website, you can purchase game tickets and other paraphernalia.

You can also get official Lazio jerseys and other items at their recently-opened store in the center of Rome, near the Spanish Steps, Lazio Style 1900


Lazio Style 1900 - Via di Propaganda, 8A. Open daily 10am - 8pm.

Lazio Fan Shop - Via degli Scipioni, 84. Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 7:30pm. Closed Sunday.

A.S. Roma Store

A.S. Roma was founded in 1927. Their colors are red and gold.

Visit their official website for tickets and other goods.

You can visit 4 official A.S. Roma stores in the center of Rome:


Via Nazionale, 194/195 - Open daily 10am - 8pm

Piazza Colonna, 360 - Open daily 10am - 8pm

Via del Corso, 25 - Open daily 10am - 8pm

Via Arenula, 82 - Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 7:30pm, Sunday 12pm - 7pm

Soccer Jerseys - General and Vintage

You will also find lots of tourist shops selling items with both team logos.

For an excellent selection of new and vintage soccer/football jerseys and other clothing, check out The Fans Rome.

Details - Via Merulana, 10 (near Santa Maria Maggiore and Termini). Open Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 7:30pm; Sunday 10am - 7pm.

Perfume

Whether you are looking for souvenirs for yourself, or a personal gift for someone, perfume can be a great idea. And you don't have to buy perfume for someone else if you think that's too personal or if you are worried they might not like the scent on them. You can also opt for perfumed soap, sachets, candles, lotion, and more.

In Italy, we have profumerie which are shops that specialize in selling perfumes and often also cosmetics and other beauty products. 

You will also find perfumes specifically made in Italy and even in Rome. And, there are now shops that also specialize in making custom scents to your tastes. 

Here are some of the best places in to buy perfume gifts in Rome:

Branded Perfume Shops

Santa Maria Novella

Named for the Florentine basilica of the same name, Santa Maria Novella is probably the world's oldest pharmacy. Monks began making perfumes and other botanical solutions in the 1200's, and have been producing floral scents and toiletry products ever since. Luckily for us, there are branches in Rome, too.

Santa Maria Novella pharmacy sells wonderful perfumed items like soaps, candles, toiletry products, and much more. These make great gifts and souvenirs - they don't weigh much and they make your luggage smell wonderful!

I love stepping into these shops and letting the ambiance and perfumed air waft over me. I generally avoid getting glass bottles for people, but soaps, sachets, candles and other small items packed in boxes or plastic bottles make great options for souvenirs or gifts in Rome. And, they will make your luggage smell wonderful!

Address1: Corso del Rinascimento, 47. Open Mon - Sat 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM. Closed on Sunday.

Address2: Via delle Carrozze, 87. Open daily 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM.

Ortigia

Ortigia is a Sicilian-based company, making all-natural soap and perfume products based on the sights and smells of one of Italy's most tropical regions. 

Ortigia is one of my favorite places to get perfume-related gifts in Rome. They scents are pretty and varied, and the designs are beautiful and vivid.

The stores themselves are delightful to visit, and you can sample any scent and buy a variety of products based on the scent you like.

Address: Via Vittoria, 25

Hours: Mon - Sat 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM and 2:30 – 7:00 PM. Sunday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and 2:30 – 7:00 PM.

Carthusia

In the 14th century, local monks on Capri began using the flowers of the island to perfume water. And they've been creating unique fragrances since then. Now, you don't even have to go to Capri to get these beautiful scents. We are lucky to have a shop in Rome.

Address: Via della Croce, 7

Hours: 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Dr. Vranjes Home Fragrances

Romans in the know head to Dr. Vranjes to select scents for their homes. 

This Florentine company has been making beautiful, natural ambiance aromas for years. The best part for me is that the bottles are inspired by Florence's dome created by Brunelleschi.

Address: Via Vittoria, 63

Hours: Open daily 11am - 7:30pm

Housewares

Housewares may be a little more problematic as gifts in Rome - unless you are getting something small, or something made of cloth like table linens or aprons, these are heavier items and might literally weigh you down. But if you have some leeway with your luggage or carry-on weight/space, and/or want to ship, housewares can be a wonderful idea for souvenirs or gifts.

Lela

Without a doubt one of the cutest places for houseware gifts in Rome is Lela, right near the Campo dei Fiori. 

I love everything in here and want to buy it all (I would need a bigger kitchen but that is another story.)

Addressvia dei Pettinari 37.

Hours: Open Monday - Saturday 10:30am - 7:30pm. Closed Sunday.

Accessories - scarves, hats, gloves, and ties

Ties as gifts in Rome

You can easily find excellent tie shops all around Rome. If you are really looking for something special, here are my top three suggestions for where to buy a tie in Rome.

Pellicano

Just next to the Pantheon, if you don't blink and miss it, you can spot this tiny shop where you can buy the most exquisite ties. You can get some already made, or have them made to order. And, they are affordable.

Address: Via del Seminario, 93

Hours: 10 AM - 7 PM


Talarico

Another example of a superb place to get bespoke made-to-order ties is Talarico, on via dei Coronari. You can also pick one from the selection on hand.

Address: Via dei Coronari, 52.

Hours: 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM


La Cravatta in Trastevere

Part of the charm of shopping here is just the whole area itself. The shop, Cravatta (which means "tie" in Italian), is right in front of Santa Cecilia, and on the quiet side of Trastevere. It's a joy just to explore this area, and this shop is often one of my stops, even if I don't usually need to buy a tie.

Address: Via Santa Cecilia, 12

HoursMon - Sat 10 AM - 7 PM June to September on Sat 10 AM - 2 PM. August closed for holidays.


Scarves as souvenirs and gifts in Rome

Scarves make great souvenirs and gifts because they are useful and they don't weigh much or take up much room in your luggage. I find people often appreciate a pretty Italian scarf.

You can easily find scarves around Rome in all the main shopping areas and in many clothing shops. They are also sold by street vendors in every Rome neighborhood.

Scarves made in Italy and made of merino wool, silk, and/or cashmere will be more expensive than scarves made of polyester and other synthetics.

Piles of affordable and beautiful scarves at the via Sannio street market, also on this page. Scarves make great gifts in Rome.

Come over to my Amazon shop to check out more beautiful Italian scarves.

Faliero Sarti

One of the most sought-after scarf shops in Rome is Faliero Sarti

You will find stunning, top-quality Italian-made scarves made of only the best materials - cashmere, silk, pashmina, and more. They will not come cheap, but you can be assured of a very special scarf if you buy one here!

AddressVia Vittoria, 62

Hours: Tue - Sat 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM (Mon 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM). Closed on Sunday.


Sciunnach

Just across from the basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and right behind the Pantheon is Sciunnach, a well-stocked shop selling a large variety of scarves and ties. Here you will find many brand names like Missoni and Fendi, but the real reason to come is for the hand-painted Italian made-scarves and ties.

The Sciunnach family began this business right after World War II when the son of Holocaust victims came to Torino. He kept the family tradition of making ties and scarves. 

AddressPiazza della Minerva, 75

Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed on Saturday.


Stationery

Stationery makes a great souvenir or gift, because they are made in Italy, and usually don't weigh too much (depending on what you buy of course!)

Il Papiro

Il Papiro sells the kind of beautiful Florentine-style stationery you are probably looking for when you want these types of gifts in Rome. 

Via Merulana, 127; Open Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Closed on Sunday.

Via del Pantheon, 50; Open daily 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM

Via Sandro Sandri, 82; Open Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Sat 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Closed on Sunday.

Via Amico Aspertini, 250; Open Mon - Sat 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Closed on Sunday.

Vertecchi

I mentioned Vertecchi above as a place to get some gifts in Rome that have a Rome theme to them. But Vertecchi is primarily known as a business-supply/art supply/stationery supply shop. There is almost nothing you won't find here when it comes to everything to do with paper and writing.

Vertecchi is also one of the best places to shop for Christmas ornaments and decorations (during the holidays only.)

Address: Via della Croce, 70 a/b.

Hours: Open daily 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM (Sunday 11:00 AM - 7:30 PM).

Pineider

Pineider is a very high-end stationery and leather goods shop for the discerning shopper. This is where to come to get that special one-of-a-kind leather briefcase or personalised pen. Even window-shopping here can be a treat.

Peneider writing instruments, stationery, and leather goods are all special and beautifully made. This Florence-based retailer should be your go-to stop if you are looking for the top in writing supplies. Photo - Pineider official website.

Address: Via dei Due Macelli, 68.

Hours: Open Mon - Sat 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Closed on Sunday.

Fabriano

Fabriano is a fun shop selling all kinds of stationery and related gifts in Rome. 

Their main boutique is in the Spanish Steps area, but you can find their products in other places too, such as Coin or Rinascente departments stores.

Address: Via del Babuino, 173.

Hours: Open daily 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Campo Marzio Roma

Campo Marzio is the name of a neighborhood in the center of Rome. But it's also the name of this charming and very colorful boutique where you can find lovely, quality, affordable stationery and related gifts in Rome.

There are many locations of this shop in Rome. I've listed a few central address below but you can visit their website to find more locations and resellers. You can also visit their online shop. They ship to just about everywhere.

Address: There are many locations of this shop in Rome, including Via di Campo Marzio 41; Piazza di Firenze 24; Via del Babuino 47. Visit their website to locate a 

Hours: Open daily 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Cartoleria Pantheon dal 1910

Another place to find beautiful Florentine writing paper and related gifts in Rome as at this little shop just next to the Pantheon. Just going inside Cartoleria Roma will inspire you!

Address: Via della Maddalena, 41. Hours: Mon - Sat 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM. Sunday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Address: Piazza Navona, 42Hours: Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 9:30 PM. Sunday 12:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Travel Gadgets

There are so many fun and useful travel gadgets that would make sense for you to pack, or to give as gifts to someone coming to Rome.

Things like pop-sockets, portable chargers, travel umbrellas, and much more make great gifts and souvenirs. 



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The Kitchen Sink

Not sure what to get for gifts in Rome? Not enough time to go poking around cute neighborhoods looking for stuff? 

Here are some ideas for places with lots of different choices, from housewares to jewellery to gadgets to clothing. It's almost impossible not to find some gifts in Rome in these spots!

Rinascente flagship department store

One way to be sure to find some souvenirs for yourself or great ideas for gifts in Rome is to head to the flagship Rinascente department store right in the center. 

You will find just about everything on this list above, and more.

In the basement, they sell housewares, luggage, gadgets, and other fun gifts.

On the top floor, they have a food shop, where you can buy lots of easy-to-pack edibles as gifts in Rome.

And in between, they have everything else you'd expect in a large department store - from women's, men's, children's clothing and accessories to perfumes and cosmetics.

Address: Via del Tritone, 61, Via dei Due Macelli, 23

Hours: Open daily 10 AM - 10 PM

Materie Shop

This easily-missed sweet little shop right near the Pantheon serves as a sort of artisan's guild.

Every time I go, there are new and different items for sale, by different artists and artisans. You'll find bags, jewellery, scarves, and other fun and unique accessories here. They have a well-designed website to boot.

Address: 73, via del Gesù (near the Pantheon)

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:30am - 7:30pm. Closed Sunday

Mercato Monti

Mercato Monti is a fun artisan's guild type of pop-up market. Open only on weekends, it's still a popular spot with locals and tourists alike. 

Here you will find mostly clothes and accessories, but since the vendors change semi-regularly you may fund some vintage/antique items and other knick-knacks too.

Address: Via Leonina, 46/48.

Hours: Open on Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM.

Le Artigiane

I love this little artisans guild near the Pantheon

The artists and vendors change regularly. You can find clothing, jewelry, housewares, and more.

Address: Via di Torre Argentina, 72.

Hours: Open daily 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM.

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