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Best Bargains in Rome

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This big shoe-shop sells half-price shoes for men, women and children along with a fashionable range of handbags and accessories: you'd be hard pressed not to find something you like. Everything is always half price, but it is even cheaper during the sale periods that bless every shop in Rome during certain parts of the year. From the casual to the glamorous, Fausto Santini houses footwear and bags for every occasion. The staff is friendly and helpful.

On the fourth Sunday of every month, Rome's popular Parioli district comes alive with the numerous mobile shops set up for Mercatino Piazza Verdi. This monthly flea market is home to over 150 stalls, selling products ranging across antique collectibles, jewellery,clothing, accessories, chinaware, silver, musical instruments and handicraft products. Book lovers may chance upon rare collections here. Call for opening hours.

Looking for a bit of everything? Villa Gloria, a flea market sells a range of products from cutlery to fashionable clothes and even lamps and dishes. Open every second Sunday of the month, from 9a to 8p, a great number of traders travel to Villa Gloria during September-June to sell artisan artifacts and antiques. Purchase Roman memorabilia at great bargains and carry them home as a reminder of your wonderful journey to Italy.

The name Porta Portese is today linked to the area in front of the ancient gateway where Rome's most famous market is held each Sunday. The market offers clothes, books and second-hand items of every imaginable type. In fact, Porta Portese was the name of the gateway built on the orders of Pope Urban VIII but only finished during the pontificate of Innocent X. It was built on the site of the more ancient Porta Portuense from which it has derived its (vulgarized) modern name. The position of the ancient gate made it enormously important as it governed the trading traffic between Rome and its port (Ostia) but, unfortunately, it was demolished and we only know of its appearance from drawings.

On the first and second Sunday of each month between 9a to 8p, one can see a host of antique-dealers selling their wares at the Ponte Milvio. The crowded streets see customers haggling for bargains as the dealers convince them of the authenticity and the age of the articles. One can find a barrage of goods from pottery and silverware to furniture, clothes, trinkets, accessories, lamps and other bric-a bracs. Witness the overwhelming sight to get a taste of the streets of Rome.

Piazza Mazzini flea market gathers every second weekend to bring together an assortment of goods ranging from antiques, artisan products, paintings, and other memorabilia. The market is located in a garden surrounding a little lake. Various folks come by to get good bargains on these unique items. Travelers and locals alike, throng the place on weekends. Piazza Mazzini is a sight full of energy and fun every time it gains momentum.

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