Rome may be famous for its designer stores, but for those who love vintage shopping or are looking for unusual and original pieces, there are several places to buy vintage clothes in the Eternal city. If you can’t give up on the idea of buying a designer piece in Italy, why not buy vintage designer! Rome has plenty of that as well. So when you go back home and someone compliments you on your Fendi bag or your Gucci belt you can say: ” Thanks, I got it on my last trip to Rome ;-) “. You can find anything in these shops, from feminine 50s dresses to 60s leather jackets and 70s fur coats and not to mention the vast range of designer bags, shoes and sunglasses!! The atmosphere in these vintage stores tends to be extremely relaxed and you’re bound to find yourself immersed in an interesting conversation with the owners about clothes, Rome and the past decades.
My favourite street for vintage stores is VIA DEL GOVERNO VECCHIO, just a couple of minutes walk from Piazza Navona. The stores are fairly similar in terms of merchandise, here you’ll find clothes from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s for both men and women, and plenty of accessories. It’s a very nice area to grab something to eat or relax with an aperitivo after you’ve been shopping. There are many nice restaurants and wine bars. My favourite shops on this street are:
CINZIA, Via del Governo Vecchio 45
OMERO E CECILIA, Via del Governo Vecchio 110
Another great area for vintage shopping is MONTI, a neighbourhood full of cool cafes, wine bars and restaurants. The vintage shops are not all on the same street in this area but it’s a lovely neighbourhood to go for a stroll. My favorite shops are:
PULP, Via del Boschetto 140
BLUE GOOSE, Via del Boschetto 4
PIFEBO, Via dei Serpenti 141
If you prefer markets to stores, Rome is full of vintage markets too:
MERCATO MONTI, here you can find great vintage clothes and accessories, illustrations, artworks but you can also check out new Italian designers.
Via Leonina 46 (Monti) open on Sat-Sun from 10a.m. to 8p.m.
BORGHETTO FLAMINIO, the locals love this market, because it isn’t very large or overwhelming, here you can stroll through racks and racks of great vintage clothes and accessories in peace, it’s not chaotic at all! You can also find great household items, porcelain goodies, tea pots, plates and much more!
Piazza della Marina 32, open Sunday from 10a.m. to 7p.m.
HAPPY SUNDAY MARKET, set in what was once a woolen mill and has now been transformed into a creative factory. It’s an industrial new york style loft on three floors, with huge glass walls and a great terrace right by the Aniene river. Here you will find anything from stands of selected vintage clothes and accessories, recycled furniture, art exhibitions, international DJs playing, brunch, aperitifs and a cool restaurant!
Via Lanificio 159, it’s not on every Sunday so check out the website or the facebook page for the dates: www.lanificio.com or www.facebook.com/happysundaymkt