Via dei Con­dotti

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This is it. The epi­cen­tre of Ro­man bling shop­ping. You (and prob­a­bly fifty thou­sand oth­ers) are stand­ing in Pi­azza di Spagna by Bernini's iconic boat foun­tain, straight ahead lies the gaunt­let of Con­dotti where Italy's most fa­mous brands lie. Port­foglios out... Saunter down Con­dotti and, even if you're not thirsty, pop your head into pretty An­tico Caffè Greco at #86 (see Coffee). Carlo Eleu­teri at #69 / 06 678 1078 / has stun­ning an­tique jew­els and bi­jouterie. On the cor­ner of Via Bocca di Leone, above the Ferragamo store are the Por­trait Suites (see Ac­com.), and fur­ther down Con­dotti in the pri­vate court­yard at #61a is tai­lor Bat­tis­toni / 06 697 6111 / bat­tis­toni.com. Now exit left, cross­ing Con­dotti, and turn left into Via Bor­gognona to find Brunello Cucinelli at #33 / 06 678 7680 / for sub­lime, clas­sic women's and menswear, and Iro at #29 / 06 6919 0631 / for Parisian-chic day-to-night w/wear pieces. Fancy some­thing a lit­tle more risque? Brighenti Bou­tique at #27 / 06 678 3898 / has hot n' haute lin­gerie. De­tour right onto Via Mario de' Fiori for faux jew­els at Im­per­a­tore di Capri #6a, or stay on Bor­gognona for foot candy mae­stro René Caovilla at #10 / 06 678 3879. Pecky? If you've booked ahead, then de­lec­ta­ble Da Nino is at #11 / 06 679 5676 / ris­toran­tenino.it, or con­tinue on up to Pi­azza di Spagna and ei­ther turn left for glove em­po­rium Ser­mon­eta at #61, or head right and right again into Via Frat­tina, down and left into Via Mario de' Fiori for mid-retail bub­bles at #91 Vuda Bar / 06 679 2976, or carry on Frat­tina, about a third of the way down on the left is the rather snobby Galas­sia at #21 / 06 679 7896 / for de­signer duds and po-faced sales­girls. Across the street is queen of stripes Gallo at #122 / 06 6920 2198, then make a quick de­tour right into Via Bocca di Leone to find the reclusive Marni store at #8 / 06 678 6320. Whip back to Frat­tina, to find lovely old-school beauty shop Castelli at # 52 / 06 678 0066, more la­bels at #69 Gente, and Luisa Ve­nier at #80 / 1/F / 06 6979 7741 / for love it or loathe it lace and embroidered linens. At the bot­tom of Frat­tina you'll hit the del­uge of Via del Corso, trot left and on the left at #166 is Grilli / 06 679 3650 / with hand­made cus­tom hand­bags. Across at #406 is the an­cient Haus­mann & Co. / 06 687 1501 / who have been watch­mak­ing, re­pair­ing and sell­ing since 1794. Time waits for no man, and you're prob­a­bly hun­gry enough to neck a Patek, but no need for that, sim­ply re­trace back along Corso and ei­ther carry on and turn right into Bor­gognona to find juiced-up lunchkin Ginger (see Lunch) or, op­po­site Via Frat­tina you will espy the charm­ing Pi­azza de San Lorenzo in Lucina. Here you'll find Cru­ciani & Bella at #34 / 06 687 6394 / with a stash of ex­cel­lent hand­made ties in silks and cash­mere, which'll sort hubby out for a fair few birth­days to come. Over on the far right cnr is the very lovely Ci­ampini (see Lunch). Grab a ter­race ta­ble, or nip up­stairs if it's win­ter, and don't for­get to try their pis­ta­chio ice-cream (see Ge­la­te­ria). While you're at it, why not pop a Ne­groni down your blouse too. Oh, go on then.

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