Via Condotti (Via dei Condotti)
Fashion-forward Romans and visitors head to Via Condotti, officially Via dei Condotti, to update their wardrobes or get wind of the latest trends at boutiques dedicated to iconic designers like Gucci, Valentino, Armani, Prada, Ferragamo, and Dolce & Gabbana. This chic street is located just off Rome’s famous Piazza di Spagna, and many small-group and private walking tours of the city’s historic center or of its most important squares and fountains include a turn down Via Condotti between stops at nearby highlights like the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. The neighborhood around Piazza di Spagna and Via Condotti is known for its numerous gelato shops and cafès, so opt for a food tour to add tastings of espresso, pastries, and other local treats to your exploration of Rome’s fashion epicenter.
Things to know before you go
- Via Condotti is relatively short, but the cross streets and roads running parallel to the right and left are also lined with designer shops.
- The street is closed to most traffic, so easy to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller.
- The most exclusive shops have guards at the entrance who turn away shoppers who are informally dressed. Avoid shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops if you want to browse the boutiques.
- There are a number of bars and cafès along Via Condotti, where you can stop for a snack or drink.
How to get there
The metro line A runs from the Termini train station to Piazza di Spagna, where Via Condotti begins.
When to get there
Most of the boutiques on Via Condotti keep standard business hours, so visit from late morning to early evening to be able to enter. The area is pleasant to stroll through at night, though many of the most luxurious shops empty their windows at closing time to discourage break-ins.
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