Ah, Rome! The Eternal City, where ancient history meets modern life, and tourists flock to admire its beauty. But let’s face it: you can only leave Rome by bringing back a piece of its charm to share with your loved ones (or to boast about on Instagram). So, without further ado, here are the top 25 souvenirs you absolutely need to grab while in Rome. Prepare to shop like a true Roman!
Expert tip: Your loved ones will undoubtedly cherish any thoughtful gift from Rome. However, if you’re struggling to decide on the perfect souvenir, you can never go wrong with a selection of Italian delicacies. Consider bringing home some sliced prosciutto (unless your friends are vegetarians) and a piece of hard cheese, like Parmesan or Grana Padano.
Before departing, visit a local supermarket such as Conad, Carrefour, or Coop. Head to the deli section and ask for 300-500 grams of prosciutto, vacuum-packed for easy transport. Typically, a kilogram costs around €20, so this delicious gift will only set you back about €7-10. For cheese, opt for pre-cut 250-gram portions, which are convenient for travel.
When choosing Parmesan, pay attention to its aging – usually marked as 12, 18, 24, or 30 months. The older the cheese, the harder and more flavorful it becomes. A 24-month-old Parmesan is an excellent choice for its rich taste. This unique and tasty souvenir will undoubtedly delight your friends and family, offering them a true taste of Italy.
Good to know: Buying souvenirs in a “duty-free store” at the airport will pay at least 2 times more.
There is no single “best” place to buy souvenirs in Rome, as the city offers a variety of shopping areas, each with its unique charm and selection. As you explore the city and trust your instincts, you’ll be able to find the perfect memento.
Here are some popular spots to get you started on your souvenir-hunting journey:
Remember, the best souvenir might be the one you stumble upon while wandering the city’s charming streets and alleys. Enjoy the adventure and trust your instincts to find a memorable keepsake from Rome.
Author: Artur Jakucewicz Rome Holiday Planning Expert
I have lived in Rome for over 10 years and am glad to share my experience and knowledge. I love ancient history and architecture — author of travel guides in Italy for independent travelers.
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