Buying Italian Leather Handbags in Rome.

One significant joy of travel is shopping in new places, and shopping in Rome is no exception!

There’s nothing better than heading out to find that special something.

  • that unique piece you can’t find at home
  • that super bargain thanks to an awesome exchange rate
  • a handmade trinket to remind you of a twinkly bright moment in life
  • a souvenir to showcase the culture of the place
  • or an art piece you can’t live without.

Buttery soft leather is my kind of bliss, so you’ll always find me on the lookout for one – or two, or three – new Italian Leather Handbags. (One will never do.) Or leather shoes. One or the other, and I’ll be a happy girl.

If you are like me, and want to take home an iconic leather souvenir from Italy, then follow these steps to find the ultimate street to buy Italian Leather Handbags in Rome.

Trying to Find the Best Handbags in Rome… when you have kids in tow

I looked high and low to find where to buy leather in Rome, without much luck, and with my patience running low.

I don’t know about you, but TRYING to shop with my kids in tow on a family vacation can be almost impossible, especially if I’m on a mission to find the leather in Rome.

My boys can tolerate shopping for 7-minutes-and-22-seconds before the whining, poking one another, stirring, or the pinch-my-bum-attention-getter-game starts.

(Strangely enough, if it’s their kind of shopping – toys or gadgets – their attention span is HOURS long. It’s a HUGE mission to get them out!)

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Where to buy leather in Rome – our hot tip!

So imagine my delight to find THIS street in Rome. Via Francesco Crispi. 

Via Francesco Crispi crosses the main street, Via del Tritone, but is on the left side of town if the Trevi Fountain is on the right.

The best thing about this street is that the shops are all in a row, one after the other, with a couple more on the opposite side of the road selling shoes too.

If you have the kids in tow, you can easily dart in and out to make quick purchases without having to drag them through an enormous shopping mall, or past other enticing shopfronts.

There’s also a few gelato shops not far away, so you can always try bribing them for a few extra minutes!

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Shopping Rome: THE street for buying Italian Leather Purses and Italian Leather Handbags in Rome is this one.

Via Francesco Crispi is a slightly inclined street with four or five shops in a neat row selling all kinds of Italian leather including:

  • Italian leather bags
  • Italian purses
  • Italian leather gloves
  • travel goods
  • coin purses
  • card wallets
  • overnight bags
  • duffel bags
  • leather shoes
  • leather belts

Most importantly, all these shops sell the best shoulder bags – my go-to Italian leather handbags of choice – that I’ve ever seen. These shoulder-bag sized Italian leather handbags come in all the rainbow colours for just 15 EURO each! ($22 Australian; $16.50 US).

Buy Italian Leather Handbags in Rome – my favourite Rome souvenirs!

In Rome leather bags are the perfect souvenir or gift purchase when you have kids in tow!  Especially if you’ve been wondering what to buy in Rome for family and friends and don’t have time to browse for long.

A Leather handbag or satchel is THE perfect, pretty, chic and usable gift for mums, mother-in-laws, grandmas, aunties, sisters, cousins, and teenagers. So if you head to this street, you can buy all your gifts in one go. (#not sponsored, but should be!)

I do know everyone needs a good grab-and-go shoulder bag.

Confession time: I may have bought nine.

These mini shoulder bags are the perfect size to fit your purse, your phone, your keys, AND a toy car or two for a busy little toddler, which is what I like as a minimalist. I despise lugging the kitchen sink with me every time I head out.

(2018 Edit: the bags I bought from here in 2015 are still going strong, and every female in my family who received one still raves about their best gift ever! )

Where to buy Italian Leather Handbags in Rome

So, if you are heading to Europe on a family vacation or couples retreat and want to know where to buy leather goods in Rome, put this street,Via Francesco Crispi, on your itinerary. Stat.

Heading straight here will save you loads of time and effort in your search for Italian leather handbags, and the leather here is lovely.

I hunted and window shopped all over town for Italian leather bags, including the market at Porta Portese, (thinking it might be the Rome leather market I was hoping for) and am SO grateful for this accidental find on our meanderings.

I didn’t find any leather bags in Rome anywhere else.

I was so surprised that Italian leather goods were not as abundant or as visible as I’d expected but this street saved the day.

I’d rate the shops along Via Francesco Crispi as some of our best shopping in Rome. It’s definitely one of the best shopping streets in Rome for cheap leather handbags and much-coveted souvenirs.

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The Inside Scoop – The Most Affordable Shopping in Rome for Leather Souvenirs

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Address: Via Francesco Crispi, 00187 Rome RM, Italy
Opening Hours – Via Francesco Crispi Shopping Street in Rome: 10am, to close of business. (Varies by shop but no earlier than 5pm)
How to get there – Travel Options to the Best Shopping Street in Rome:

  • On Foot: 10 minutes walk from the Trevi Fountain (see Walking Map below.)
  • By Metro: Metro Line A (Barberini Stop) from Termini Railway Central Station
  • By Bus: Catch the bus to Via Del Tritone, Trevi Fountain stop and walk west.
  • By Taxi or Uber: Via Francesco Crispi is easily accessible by taxi or uber.

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PS: Make use of THIS excellent bribe for extra shopping time – Villa Borghese Gardens!

This is one place a kid-bribe works. Make a deal with the kids – if they give you 30 minutes to do your Italian leather handbag shopping in relative peace, you’ll take them up the hill to visit the awesome park Villa Borghese.

It’s just a 10 minute walk continuing straight up the hill. You can’t miss it but it’s one of Rome’s undiscovered secrets for families enjoying a Rome family vacation.

Villa Borghese tops our list of unexpectedly SUPER FUN places to visit with kids in Rome.

There’s so much to do.

To get there from here, just follow Via Francesco Crispi up the hill and veer right onto Via Di Porta Pinciana (you can’t go wrong… just keep walking).

Go under the archway and out the other side, you’ll see the entrance to the park. (As in picture above, right side of the entrance gates).


  • a playground
  • pony rides
  • helium balloons
  • a children’s train
  • paths to explore and grass to roll on
  • a cinema, an outdoor games parlour (yes… those old fashioned ones from our childhood!)
  • AND something else that is so much fun, I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

You’ll just have to go yourselves, or check out our Top 10 Things to Do in Villa Borghese Gardens story to find out!

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9 thoughts on “Want to Buy Italian Leather Handbags in Rome? Then Don’t Miss THIS Street!

  1. Thanks so much for the tip on handbag shops.
    I’ve just bought a bag in this street after lots of hunting. We also noticed lots more nice leather shops nearby in Via Sistina

    • Yvonne, I’m so super excited to hear that! And thank you for the tip too. Will add the deets to the post. Hope you enjoy your time in Rome!

  2. Thanks to you both!!! I didn’t take the opportunity to buy bags in Venice then was very disappointed when I got to Rome and couldn’t find any’. Bought 2 at a little shop in Via Sistana just before you get to Piazzia Barberino and then another just across the Piazzia on the corner of Via del Quattro Fontaine. I can go home with great gifts.

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