When it comes to shopping in Rome, the city has everything; the streets are lined with storefronts of every kind and flavor.
But luxe international brands and affordable, fast-fashion stores dominate the landscape, so finding those unforgettable, one-of-a-kind boutiques is an adventure.
You’ll have to traverse neighborhoods and meander down side streets to find that meticulous leather artisan, the incredible contemporary concept store designer all hidden in plain sight.
Step into this shop and you’ll find more than just a beautiful gift, you’ll find stories from people who live and love in Rome.
And the footwork will be worth it step into Puntopelle at Via Margutta 45 ( one of these artisan’s shops) and you’ll have a chance to see the real Rome.
Leather Goods in Rome
The exquisite leather goods made in Italy are among the world’s best, making this European country is a must-visit destination for leather lovers. Italy is fairly overflowing with lush, high-quality leather, from the fashionably chic cities to the quaint villages that dot the Italian countryside.
Although it’s possible to spend a fortune on bags and wallets in Italy, some savvy shopping can help you squeeze the most out of your euros.
Learn how to spot inferior leather and knock-off pieces to make sure you don’t blow your vacation money on poor-quality goods.
If a leather piece has a chemical smell, pass on it.
Also, inspect the stitching, grommets, tags and other details to look for shoddy work and imperfections.
A good leather piece will be beautifully crafted, down to the smallest details. Finally, check for a “Made in Italy” tag to ensure your leather is the real deal.
Of all the places to shop in the world, Italy is ranked near or at the top of the list.
There are fabulous finds both in the big cities like Rome, as well as in smaller destinations around the country.
There are many specialty items worth bringing back from a trip to Italy, including leather jackets and coats.
So keep an open eye (and wallet) at the ready for Italian treats and treasures along the way.