November 21st, 2012


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Italians have been trendsetters in the world of fashion for centuries, not just recent decades. If you are coming to Italy and love fashion then your itinerary must include the fashion districts of Rome.

You know the names of the biggest players in Italian fashion: Fendi, Bulgari, Prada, Armani and many, many more. Now is the time for a little window shopping for a chance to know the high fashion gurus a little more personally.

Haute couture is located in the Spanish Steps area of Rome with flagship stores for the leading designers on two streets. On Via Condotti you will find Valentino, Gucci and Max-Mara to name a few while on Via Borgognona the resident fashion houses include Dolce & Gabbana and Versace. Not too far from here eclectic shoppers will delight in Via del Governo Vecchio and a plethora of vintage fashion boutiques.

In 2003 the Valmontone Fashion District opened just 35 kilometres outside of Rome and easily accessible by bus. This charming commercial district is constructed to look like a little village that includes streets, piazzas, entertainment, and restaurants plus 170 stores. It’s open seven days a week and offers up to 70% discounts on all major brands. No wonder Valmontone boasts over 6 million visitors a year!

To see the best of Italy with enough free time to shop as much as you’d like in Rome, consider the flexibility of our Semi-Private 8-Day Rome to Venice Essence of Italy Vacation Packages. This unhurried tour takes you to the top sights of Rome, Florence and Venice and gives you the opportunity to get a little better acquainted with the biggest names in Italian fashion.