Florence & Rome Shopping Guide


Leam Limited

The longstanding designer boutique Leam just opened this cutting-edge sibling that sells handpicked pieces from all the Italian greats—Prada, Marni, Missoni—along with upstart labels, in a sleek, pared-down environment.
30 Via Appia Nuova, 011-39-06-77207204, leam.com

Products: Women's Clothes, Shoes, Bags, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique


Stop here if you're a fan of gorgeous antique kimonos (prices start at $75) and vintage costume jewelry (from $25).
89A Via del Governo Vecchio, 011-39-06-6875028,

Products: Women's Clothes, Vintage, Jewelry, Antique
Type of Store: Boutique

Mondello Ottica

Locals have flocked to this tucked-away eyewear shop for the past quarter-century to pick up La Dolce Vita-worthy sunglasses. Look for lines like Christian Roth and Cutler and Gross.
97/98 Via del Pellegrino, 011-39-06-6861955, mondelloottica.it

Products: Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Nia & Co.

Conveniently located across the street from each other, these sister boutiques are local favorites. We prefer the shop at numbers 30/31 for its affordably trendy offerings: Un Jour Un Sac totes, Cath Kidston messenger bags, and Vanessa Bruno tanks.
30/31 and 48 Via Vittoria, 011-39-06-3227421

Products: Women's Clothes, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique


After wandering through the Campo de Fiori, take a minute to find this unpretentious, tucked-away boutique—especially if you're in the market for the latest Balenciaga bag or Chloe sandals.
36 Piazza Pollarola, 011-39-06-68891243

Products: Women's Clothes, Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

Omero e Cecilia

A slew of vintage and recycled-clothing shops line Via del Governo Vecchio, and with its ample selection of leather bags (in the $30 to $50 range), shoes, and jackets—along with an array of cool scarves—this one gets our vote for the best of the lot.
110 Via del Governo Vecchio, 011-39-06-6833506

Products: Vintage, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Consignment/Resale

Piccole Gioie

Trays of inexpensive Italian jewelry (18K gold and turquoise drop earrings, coral charm necklaces) are arranged in the windows of this shop according to price, starting at about $13.
36 Via dei Giubbonari, 011-39-06-68804896

Products: Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique


Three Calabrian sisters teamed up to open this sleek three-year-old shop, which sells all things midcentury modern for the home: furniture, tabletop items, and an impressive selection of Murano glass vases.
21 Piazza del Fico, 011-39-06-68192746, retrodesign.it

Products: Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Linens, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique


Jeans from this under-the-radar Italian line aren't cheap (expect to pay about $180), but they have a great fit and anything-but-cheesy worn-in look. Snap them up here, as they are frustratingly hard to find in the States.
68/69 Via Santo Pantaleo, 011-39-06-68802547

Products: Denim, Women's Clothes
Type of Store: Boutique


Up for grabs in everything from shamrock green suede to bright orange lambskin, Sermoneta gloves are priced as alluringly as the colors they're available in: about $28 for a cashmere-lined pair. Stock up now for winter.
61 Piazza di Spagna, 011-39-06-6791960, sermonetagloves.com

Products: Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique
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