Angela Corrias

Correspondent

  • Rome, Italy, EUR

Angela Corrias is a freelance travel journalist and photographer who lives in Rome, Italy and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Born in Italy, she left her home country after college and since then she has lived in Dublin, London and Shanghai. Among the others, her work has appeared in Chinese newspaper Global Times, Literary Traveler, GoNomad and Matador Network. She’s happiest when on the road in the perpetual quest for the unknown, capturing colors and flavors around the world for her blog Chasing The Unexpected.

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    Where is the best shopping in Rome?

    Photo by Angela Corrias Like much of the things to do in Rome, also shopping is strictly intertwined with Romans' passion for the dolce vita (the sweet life). From haute couture to gourmet food, the Italian capital offers any type of boutique.

    While the main streets around Piazza di Spagna such as Via dei Condotti and Via del Babuino are home to Italian and international exclusive fashion brands of the likes of Valentino, Gianni Versace and Cartier, and to some of the best wine stores such as "Buccone" in Via di Ripetta, the neighborhood around Piazza Navona offers a more local handicraft experience, with artisan shops selling anything from designer homeware to handmade jewelry, to local delicacies.

    Nearby Via del Corso offers a wide range of less expensive clothing brands, and on a rainy day you can continue your shopping in Galleria Alberto Sordi, on the same street just across Piazza Colonna, showcasing a good choice of accessories, from jewelry to bags. If you prefer to stay out of the crowd, head to Via Cola di Rienzo, trendy street in Prati neighborhood near the Vatican, that houses stores with brands like Miss Sixty, Pinko and Furla.

    If you are looking for some more traditional shopping, take a stroll in Trastevere, where along independent fashion brands, you will find some of the finest gourmet food, from the delicious pastries and cakes of "Valzani" in Via del Moro, to small shops reminding of the old Italian pizzicagnolo, with anything from mozzarella di bufala to typical sausages from different regions on display.

    For a good deal on clothes and leather jackets try your haggling skills at the open market in Via SannioSan Giovanni neighborhood, every morning from Monday to Saturday until 2pm.
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    What are the best activities in Rome? Check out my picks for Forbes Travel Guides! http://www.forbestravelguide.com/rome-italy/what-are-the-best-activities-in-rome

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    What are the best activities in Rome?

    Photo by Angela Corrias As a huge open-air museum, one of the best and most natural things to do in Rome is sightseeing. Not a hard task since wherever you look, you are confronted by beauty, art and history, but after ticking off all mandatory sights such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and Saint Peter's Basilica, start enjoying Rome as locals do, taking advantage of the activities the city offers to its visitors.

    If you like immersing yourself in nature, you can combine your sightseeing with a stroll in one of Rome's beautiful parks, among which stands out the central Villa Borghese. From here you can stare at a stunning view on Piazza del Popolo from the Pincio terrace and also visit the museum of Galleria Borghese that boasts masterpieces by artists such as Bernini, Caravaggio and Canova.

    To appreciate Rome's intimate soul, walk along the Tevere River and sneak in Trastevere district through Piazza Trilussa. Get lost in the maze of narrow cobbled alleys and admire the neighborhood's gentrified palazzi to have a taste of medieval Rome, and if you are still here in the evening, enjoy the lively atmosphere given by traditional restaurants, bars and pubs.

    Rome has also a vibrant theater scene, so if this is your passion, peruse the different plays on stage and treat yourself with a cultural evening. Especially summer time, the city is full of bustle and outdoor activities such as festivals, open-air concerts, dance performances and opera shows, usually organized in parks such as Villa Ada in Via Salaria, or at the elegant Caracalla Baths in the city center.
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