What to Buy in Rome – Great Rome Souvenirs and Where to Find Them

How can you bring a piece of your Roman holiday to your friends and family back home that are and will probably remain jealous for a long time? What are the best gifts you can bring home from Rome to surprise and make everyone happy?

Among the many fun things to do, drawing a list of what to buy in Rome is really one of my favorites. Finding the best souvenirs from Rome is a great way to bring home nice memories and gifts your friends will love.

Are you still wondering what to buy? Here is our selection of the best gifts from Rome and where to buy them!

Rome Souvenirs for Foodies

Cured Meat

Guanciale, pancetta, porchetta. All these Roman and regional cured meats are a treat for your meat-loving friends. You can use them for cooking, for example, guanciale if you want to make the perfect Amatriciana, or porchetta if you want to make the hearty sandwich you had as a cheap, on-the-go lunch in Rome. While these are pretty famous and easy to find in most food stores, there are other regional cold cuts that are definitely less famous and available in the market. But how many know about the “coppiette di Bassiano” (dried pork meat)? Or the Roman mortadella that is actually quite different than Bologna’s one? These are treats that you can find in gourmet food shops like Volpetti in Testaccio or La Norcineria Iacozzilli in Trastevere, or in local food markets such as the Campagna Amica held on the weekends near the Circus Maximus.

Image: porchetta at norcineria Iacozzilli deli trastevere

Cheese

In Rome, you can buy all types of Italian cheeses, from Parmigiano Reggiano to gorgonzola. But if you want a Roman product, you should definitely go for a good-quality Pecorino Romano DOP. You can use this in chunks to make your daily cheese platter out of the ordinary or grated to make the perfect tonnarelli cacio e pepe. Pecorino is a sheep-milk cheese that can be more or less aged, and since it’s the regional pride, you can find it also in different flavors including walnuts, saffron, black pepper, chili, or the fantastic version with truffles. Other types of cheese you can buy in Rome as gifts are the fresh caciotta, both made with sheep and goat milk, the fresh stretched curd Fiordilatte, also either sheep or goat milk, and finally the very fresh and soft ricotta, even though the latter is quite difficult to pack and carry.

Image: Local cheeses one of the best gifts to buy in Rome

Wine

The famous wines from the Castelli Romani towns will be a very appreciated gift from Rome for any wine lover. You can find wines from every Italian region in most food stores, but if you want the highest quality, you should look for an “enoteca”, which is a wine shop. Some good enoteche in Rome are Buccone (Via Ripetta 19/20), Enoteca Costantini (Piazza Cavour 16b), Enoteca del Frate in the Prati neighborhood (Via degli Scipioni 122) and Enoteca Ferrara in Trastevere (Piazza Trilussa 41).

Image: Wines as perfect Rome souvenirs

Artisan chocolate

If you want to buy artisan chocolate in Rome as a gift, I suggest that rather than picking an anonymous one from a store shelf, you choose a unique one directly from the source, the lovely SAID dal 1923 chocolate factory in the San Lorenzo neighborhood (Via Tiburtina 135). Plenty of flavors, daring combinations, unusual shapes, and for sure picturesque gift packaging. At SAID’s, you can also have a quick lunch and in the evening an aperitif with an ambrosial chocolate-flavored cocktail.

Gourmet food

Central Italy is famous for its truffles, so in Rome, you can buy delicious truffle-based products, especially pasta sauces and creams. You can find these in several artisan food shops in including Castroni in the Prati area and Volpetti in the Testaccio neighborhood, but if you want to buy a little piece of the actual truffle mushroom, I recommend you try your luck at the Campagna Amica food market that takes place every Saturday and Sunday near the Circus Maximus. This is, out of question, one of my favorite food markets in Rome where you can find also other regional specialties such as goat dairy products, olive oil, wines, bread, and pasta made with local ancient grains, and more.

Image: Gourmet food one of the best gifts from Rome

Fashion Gifts from Rome to Wear

Handmade Jewelry

Even though in Rome you can find all big jewelry brands such as Bulgari, Morellato, and Cartier, if you want a really unique piece, prefer the local artisans still up and running despite the big store chains competition. In the very city center, right in the Tridente area, visit Bottega Franchi (Via Ripetta 156) operative since 1962, for some wonderful, original pieces including rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pins, and sculptures, or Cristiana Perali (Via dei Banchi Vecchi 60) for very elegant and sophisticated pieces of jewelry including a collection devoted to Roman historical symbols such as the amphorae, the cobblestones, and olive tree leaves.

If you are into a more contemporary design, Anna Retico Design‘s boutique and workshop in Trastevere (Vicolo del Cinque 13) exposes her collection of colorful necklaces, rings, earrings in every shape and unusual materials including rubber, PVC, and nylon!

Leather Goods

If you are a fan of leather accessories, visit at least once the Artigianino stores. Founded in 1991 with a workshop in the Appian Way, it’s now present with a few stores around Rome, including in the Centro Storico (Via del Corso 527/A) and in the Piazza Navona area (Via del Governo Vecchio 129). Bags, small purses, wallets, belts, keyrings, backpacks, and other types of accessories made of high-quality leather from Tuscany in a large range of colors and elegant shapes. Here, you can secure fantastic gifts from Rome for your trendiest loved ones!

Christian Rosary

What’s a better place than the Vatican to buy a Catholic rosary? Between the gift shop of the Vatican itself and the myriad of religious goods stores lined up in the neighboring alleys such as Via di Porta Angelica, Borgo Pio, Borgo Vittorio, and Via del Mascherino, you can find rosaries of every color, shape, and type of beads, from the most precious ones to plastic rosaries for a budget gift from Rome.

Handmade Hats

Do you have friends and family with unconventional tastes and daring fashion trends? What about an artisan handmade hat as a souvenir from Rome? Browse the beautiful creations of Patrizia Fabri Antica Manifattura Cappelli and be sure that you will find something perfect. Founded in 1936 by a Tuscan family of hat-makers and taken over by fashion designer Patrizia Fabri, here they sell hats for every occasion and style. You can find them in two venues in Rome, Via degli Scipioni 46 in Prati and Via dell’Oca 34 in the Centro Storico right next to Piazza del Popolo.

Home + Décor Souvenirs from Rome

Religious Art

Not just rosaries and beads but also decoration objects, paintings, calendars, and all types of collectibles available in the stores around the Vatican and Borgo quarter are among the favorite souvenirs from Rome and definitely make a great gift for your religious friends. You will find something for every style and budget, from cheap plates to decorative crosses and sculptures.

Image: Religious art one of the most popular souvenirs from Rome

Viterbo Ceramics

If you are planning also a day trip from Rome and are still behind with the gift shopping, why don’t you head to Viterbo? In this magical city, strolling around its medieval San Pellegrino quarter, you can find stunning ceramics, all typical of the area and strictly handmade. As a matter of fact, you will likely see the artisans working as often their workshop is located in their store. We loved the store of Cinzia Chiulli Percorsi Artistici (Via San Pellegrino 27), a feast of artsy homeware and décor made according to the new and old Tuscia tradition. Whether you want some small and easy to pack, affordable for a little token, or an important, expensive gift, here you will be spoiled for choice.

Image: Viterbo ceramics Rome souvenirs

Fridge Magnets

Who said that all your souvenirs from Rome need to be expensive? You can find fridge magnets of different colors, dimensions, shape, and subject all over the city. There are naturally more around the tourist landmarks with the images of the main highlights, but you will find some also in other neighborhoods, and probably less tourist-looking, maybe with some Roman dish or Roman tradition.

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