Christmas atmosphere has conquered Rome since some weeks, only Christmas…
New Yearâ€™s is the high peak of the winter season in Rome, as in any European city, and thatâ€™s when everybody seems to want to travel. However, for a budget traveller, the rates may sometimes seem out of reachâ€¦ The solution? Well, wait a week or two and travel in January instead!
In a city like Rome you donâ€™t need to worry about getting bored in any time of the year, and least of all in January â€“ at least if you happen to be a shopping freak! And even if you werenâ€™t, if you happen to be in Rome, the promised ad of the shoppers, during the winter sales, you may just get crazy anywayâ€¦ The famous sales of Rome start this year on the 14th January, which is a Sunday just to make sure nobody will have to miss the event!
The places to go, depending on your personal style and preferences, are innumerable: for high fashion, head for the Spanish steps area, Via Condotti and Via Frattina (metro line A, stops Spagna or Barberini); for stylish every day wear take the miles-long shopping street Via del Corso starting from the Venice Square (bus 40 from Termini station) or Via Nazionale near Termini; if you want the same look but on slightly lower prices, try the neighbourhood of Prati near the Vatican (metro line A stops Ottaviano and Lepanto). For a more ethnic look, and actually for anybody who wants to spice up their style with something extravagant without having to spend a lot, you can find marvellous pieces of clothing and accessories on the many famous markets of the city, such as the Porta Portese in Trastevere on Sunday mornings (bus 75 from Termini station) or the Via Sannio market next to the Saint Johnâ€™s Basilica (metro line A, stop San Giovanni). Or, for a less Italian but maybe more comfortable shopping experience, try the new, huge shopping center of Parco Leonardo in Fiumicino with more than 200 shops, an enormous cinema and dozens of restaurant, bars and even a disco! To get there, first take the metro B from Termini to Piramide, then from the Ostiense station at Piramide get a local train to Parco Leonardo.
To save your pennies for the main thing (thatâ€™s shopping!), try the fabulous winter rates of these fabulous hotels: the popular Hotel Des Artistes which offers great value for your money, the budget-but-classy Nice Hotel or the three star My Hotel, all near the Termini station and therefore with perfect bus and underground connections with all the shopping venues of the city!