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At first glance, you may wonder where to start when it comes to shopping in a big, chaotic city like Rome. In fact the city promises a more appealing shopping experience than you might think, abounding with colourful shopping streets. There are some vibrant markets too: Porta Portese is chaotic but fun, while the market near Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (between Via Lamarmora and Via Ricasoli; Mon–Sat mornings) is great for foodie souvenirs. Fashion straight from the catwalk is well represented on the streets close to the Spanish Steps, where you’ll find all the major A-list designers; more mainstream and chain fashion stores cluster on Via del Corso, Via Cola di Rienzo, near the Vatican, and Via Nazionale; while the streets of the Monti district are home to an increasing number of stylish independent boutiques, as is Via del Governo Vecchio in the centro storico. Or just follow your nose – in Rome you’re almost bound to stumble across something interesting.

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