Via del Governo Vec­chio

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To main­tain your san­ity it's best to avoid this itin on Mon morn­ings and be­tween 1-4pm. Start with your back to Cul de Sac restau­rant in Pi­azza de Pasquino nestling be­hind Pi­azza Navona. Go left two doors for fash for­ward Luna e L'Al­tra at #76 / 06 6880 4995 / al­though tim­ing is ev­ery­thing as it's only open when the shop girls can be ar­sed, then exit right for hip­ster jeanster Strate­gic Busi­ness Unit at Via San Pan­ta­leo, 68 / 06 6880 2547 / sbu.it. Exit SBU left and cross the pi­azza, pass­ing the first of Rome's famed ‘talk­ing stat­ues' on your right, to So­ci­ety on the cnr / Pi­azza di Pasquino, 4 / 06 683 2480 / for gor­geous bed­ding and linen. On the right is pie champ Pasquino (see Pizza). Me­an­der down Governo Vec­chio and if you're feel­ing saucy, zip left down Vi­colo della Can­cel­le­ria to Zouzou at #9a / 06 689 2176 – if hubby doesn't jump you af­ter this, he's dead, bury him. Re­trace to Governo and con­tinue to sweet snifter den #74 Enoteca Il Pic­colo, then Josephine De Huer­tas & Co. at #68 (and #59) / 06 687 6586 / is loved for her well-edited cache of con­tempo la­bels. Glam rock jew­eller Del­fina Delet­trez is at #67, while Beatrice C at #60 / 06 839 5041 / has chic gal gear. Across the street is moddy Ital­ian de­signer Martino Mi­dali at #105 / 06 6830 1114, then ei­ther left into Vi­colo Savelli to La Mon­te­carlo (see Pizza), or right into Via Par­i­one. Nine at #19 / 06 683 3154 / has cut­ting-edge de­signer duds, Soares at #18 / 06 6830 0235 / stocks chic home­grown femme wear, and #16 Rosa Croce is an ace vin­tage stash. Now exit right and back onto Via del Governo Vec­chio for young­blood Ital­ian artists at #43 Giga / 06 8744 0940 / and a damn good rum­mage through more ‘pre-loved' gear at Abiti Usati on the right at #35 / 06 6830 7105 / with se­cond-hand bags, clothes and hats. Across the street at #128 are wo­ven gold and silk bracelets at Ni­co­tra di San Gi­a­como / 06 6821 0407 / nico­tradisan­gia­como.com, while Utile Fu­tile at #20a / 06 6880 9488 / has fresh Dan­ish gal­wear. Am­ble up Governo to find La Clessidra at #8 / 06 6880 4895 / for di­vine heavy silks, ta­pes­tries, bro­cades and vel­vets. Note: if you carry on along, the street be­comes Via dei Banchi Nuovi, where you'll find on your left at #39 Won­der­fool (see Spa), real deal cucina povera at #14 Da Al­fredo e Ada (see Restau­rants/Re­laxed), adorable beach­wear at #40 Del­fina / 06 6830 8775 / del­fi­naswimwear. net, and up­cy­cled fur­ni­ture, vin­tage French flat­ware and ce­ram­ics at #48 Pas­sato e Prossimo / 06 6066 9938. Oth­er­wise, exit La Clessidra right and then turn right into Via degli Orsini and bear round the bend left onto Via di Pan­ico. Im­me­di­ately on the left is Gi­ulio Pas­sami L'Olio, a wine bar with a nifty light menu; or at #75 is Arte del Mo­saico / 06 683 3574. Next, stock up on an­tique rus­tic Ital­ian tiles at #26 Maf­fe­tone De­sign / 06 683 2754. Carry on left down Pan­ico and find dec­o­ra­tive art and an­tique mar­ble mae­stros Franco er Marmista at #40 / 06 6830 7899 / fran­co­er­marmista.com. Or, go straight ahead through the carpark ( Pi­azza dei Coronari) and head up Via dei Coronari, which just hap­pens to be where the Coronari itin starts – how darn con­ve­nient is that! Keep on shop­ping, bam­bino!

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