Via del Corso: not only shoppingShopping in Rome: how to get to Via del Corso and to the best shops in via dei Condotti.
Via del Corso has been redefined by Romans as Rome's shopping street. It is a straight street crammed not only with shops, souvenirs, pedlars, but also with churches, monuments, banks, organisations and political institutions. Via del corso is a one and a half kilometer-long street that links Piazza del Popolo with Piazza Venezia. It is not only about shopping but also about art, culture and politics.
THE SHOPPING STREET
Actually, talking about only one street is reductive, since via del Corso branches into an indefinite amount of alleys and tiny streets, all of them also full of interesting, beautiful and -more often than not- very expensive shops. That is the case of the well-known, especially among American and rich tourists, via dei Condotti. This is a street crammed with luxury brand boutiques, appealing and elegant, where to find the finest of Italian and international brands. Only as an example: Dolce&Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuiton, Valentino, Laura Biagiotti, Prada, Gucci, Zagna, Tod’s. Via Condotti ends in Piazza di Spagna.
Compared to via dei Condotti via del Corso is surely less fashion, but you can find really interesting brands and, let's say, more affordable for normal human beings. It is possible to find, for instance, the stores of Adidas, Nike, Disney, Benetton, Desigual, H&M, Gap, Bottega verde, David Hamilton, Geox, Zara, Puma, Intimissimi, Pinko and Stefanel.
VIA DEL CORSO IS ALSO ART, CULTURE AND POLITICS
At Via del Corso and around it is possible to discover and visit many historical buildings and churches. From Piazza Venezia you can find right at your left Palazzo Bonaparte, then Palazzo Saviati and Palazzo Odescalchi. Then, you can find Palazzo Doria with the Doria Gallery and Palazzo Marignoli, built in 1878. Continuing to Piazza del Popolo, it is possible to admire San Marcello church and the Palazzo Sciarra Colonna.
Don't miss the splendid Alberto Sordi Gallery. You will find it opposite to the Piazza Colonna, full of very nice shops.
If you see a great dome don't think you are yet at San Peter's. You are admiring San Carlo al Corso church. Continuing until the end of the street, you will find two twin curches: Santa Maria in Montesanto e Santa Maria dei Miracoli, that look out into Piazza del Popolo.
The visit ends here. Have we been thorough enough? Would you like to report something we have missed? Leave a comment and enjoy the shopping!
Via del Corso is Rome's shopping street: a one and a half kilometer-long street that links Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo.
Walk along the street and along the alleys and tiny streets nearby among shops, boutique, seventeenth-century buildings and old churches.
At number 18 you can discover the house of Goethe, while behind Piazza Colonna you can see Piazza Montecitorio, seat of the House of Commons.
Walking alond the nearby little tiny streets it is easy to bump into more or less famous politicians while they are drinking a coffee or eating a gelato.