INSIDE: The ULTIMATE GUIDE on what to buy in Rome.
Looking for things to buy in Rome for souvenirs and gifts for friends and family?
Here’s the ultimate list of our ‘What to Buy in Rome’ shopping ideas and we hope you might find it useful too. We love to search for unique things to buy in Rome that you can’t buy anywhere else.
Best of luck on your treasure hunt!
- 1 Must Buy Rome Gift Ideas & Souvenirs for Kids
- 2 What to Buy in Rome for Kids and Families
- 3 1. Roman Gladiator Suit Dress Up Costume
- 4 2. Pinocchio Souvenirs in Rome
- 5 3. Italian Toy Brands at Little Big Town
- 6 4. Italy Souvenirs – Buttery Soft Leather Handbags & Leather Purses
- 7 5. Unique Gifts from Rome – Fun Pasta Packets to take home!
- 8 Shopping in Rome Italy off the beaten track
- 9 Unique Gifts to Buy in Rome
- 10 Shopping Rome – City Map
- 11 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN places to visit in Rome?
Must Buy Rome Gift Ideas & Souvenirs for Kids
When travelling around Rome with kids, no doubt much of your souvenir shopping will be for them but these Rome souvenirs make great gifts for other family members, neighbours, and friends too.
We’ve included what we think is the best toy store in Rome for super cute mementos and keepsakes but just in case you fancy picking up a beautiful Italian leather handbag or two, we’ve included a link to our favourite Shopping Street in Rome too.
The Best Souvenirs from Rome list is below, in no particular order.
What to Buy in Rome for Kids and Families
1. Roman Gladiator Suit Dress Up Costume
We spotted these plastic Gladiator Suits from time to time as we wandered the streets of Rome, but it wasn’t until after THIS amazing Gladiator Training experience that Ned decided he needed a suit of his own.
At around 15 Euro, it wasn’t the cheapest souvenir we’ve ever bought, but it was definitely the most loved. We put this costume at the top of our things to buy in Rome for good reason- to this day, it sparks memories and conversations of that wonderful time of family adventure.
Hunting for souvenirs to buy in Rome for kids? Find a shop selling these.
Hot tip: Check out the Rome souvenir shops near the Vatican and on the streets around Castel Sant’Angelo for the best prices on these Gladiator dress up costumes.
2. Pinocchio Souvenirs in Rome
There’s no way you can visit Rome without meeting at least one Pinocchio doll you can’t leave behind.
A wooden Pinocchio doll is the ultimate Italian souvenir for all ages. Everyone loves this little tyke.
This Pinocchio Toys Shop near the Trevi Fountain is the spot to gather up a bunch of Pinocchio-inspired toys and souvenirs in one swift go. We bought a personalised bedroom door sign with a Pinocchio doll on it from this shop. This Pinocchio souvenir still rates as one of Ned and Jack’s best gifts from Rome, and is a lovely reminder every day of the wonderful trip we took to Rome.
We loved this Pinocchio shop and as our AirBNB apartment was less than 50 metres away, we visited daily!
3. Italian Toy Brands at Little Big Town
At Little Big Town Toy Store, we recommend walking straight past the everyday brands of toys you can find in any good toy store, and seek out the range of Italian toy brands you can buy to take home.
Little Big Town stocks brands including:
- Air Hedz
- Flitter Fairies
- Play Foam
- Magic tricks packs by Marvin Magic!
These unique gifts from Italy are the perfect souvenir solution for a child back at home.
4. Italy Souvenirs – Buttery Soft Leather Handbags & Leather Purses
The best shopping in Rome for leather goods (including the best handbags in Rome) is on this street. This street is ideal for affordable shopping in Rome.
We stumbled upon this Rome shopping street accidentally after many hours and days of searching long and hard for affordable or cheap leather handbags and shoes. (We didn’t find a Rome leather market anywhere, despite searching high and low.)
It was our BEST find of the week, definitely the best leather shops in Rome that we saw, and we can’t wait to go back. If you are planning to buy leather goods in Rome too, don’t miss a visit to this street.
There’s so many souvenir options here too.
- Leather bags, of all shapes and sizes
- Leather gloves
- Leather shoes
- Leather wallets
- Leather purses
- Leather keyrings
Take home these Italy souvenirs for everyone in the family, young and old. You’ll never be stuck wondering what to buy in Rome for them.
5. Unique Gifts from Rome – Fun Pasta Packets to take home!
My kids couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw these bags of fun pasta shapes, a la Disney Style.
At just over 4 EURO a packet, this was not your normal everyday pasta that’s for sure. Yikes!
But yep, they went straight into the suitcase for the journey home.
Continuing on the ‘Souvenirs you eat’ theme, a monster-sized jar of Italian Nutella wouldn’t go astray. (Nutella is an everyday food here!)
Nor would Italian chocolate.
Little Big Town Toy Store has a wall of chocolate for sale on the ground floor near the counter, all wrapped up and ready to go. If you are really stuck for what to buy in Rome for a particular someone, I’m sure they’d be more than happy with this.
Shopping in Rome Italy off the beaten track
If you are looking for Italy souvenirs, we suggest digging a little deeper than the main shopping streets in Rome (Via Del Tritone, Via Del Corso) and walking the back streets. It’s our tip for finding awesome souvenirs to buy in Rome too.
Our explorations on foot near the Vatican led us straight to the souvenir shop where we bought Ned’s plastic gladiator training suit at half the price we’d seen earlier. And we would never have found the little Pinocchio shop hidden on a back lane without our relaxed meandering.
Unique Gifts to Buy in Rome
Plus, wandering the backstreets of Rome is the best way to find the best souvenirs from Rome that you’ve not seen elsewhere. Avoid sticking only to the multinational stores on the main road. The best treasures are tucked away where rents are cheaper.
Shopping Rome – City Map
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