Vintage is irresistibly charming! Here’s a look at where to find the best vintage in the Eternal City.
I’m crazy about vintage. I believe there’s nothing more fascinating than a dress that has lived many lives and can tell many stories: its own, that of those who have worn it, and that of the society in which it was conceived. Much in the same way that the Colosseum or the archaeological finds of the Roman Forum narrate the splendor of Ancient Rome, corolla dresses from the 1950s tell of the post-war period. Fluid and bias-cut dresses from the 1930s reflect the liberation from corsets while flared trousers and batik express the free sexuality of the flower generation of the 1970s.
Vintage is so much more than styles, shapes and fabrics. Finding a precious vintage piece always feels like unearthing a hidden treasure
Here are shops in Rome where you’re can find your next vintage treasure.
This is the shop for party girls and future brides. Vintachic offers evening dresses, cocktail dresses and wedding dresses, all as glamorous as early twentieth century designs can be. Unearth precious pieces in perfect condition, ranging from 1880 to 1980. All pieces, suitable for all body types and tastes, were selected by Esterita Di Cesare – a well-known figure in the city’s vintage scene. If you want to feel like Lady Mary Crawley for just one night, take advantage of Vintachic’s rental service, which starts at €70 for evening dresses. (Via Leccosa 2)
Pifebo specializes in American vintage from the 1970s sold on a per-kilo basis in the outlet located just a few doors down. Look out for quarterback sweatshirts, leather jackets and accessories of all kinds, especially sunglasses in all shapes, colors and sizes. (Via dei Serpenti, 135-141)
3. Via Sannio Market
Located in San Giovanni district, this historic market specializes in clothes, shoes, bags, belts, and jewelry as well as toys and kitchen utensils from the 1960s and 1970s. Prices are affordable and always negotiable. (Monday to Saturday, 7.30am – 2.00pm)
4. Porta Portese
Porta Portese flea market has a reputation that precedes it, and it’s even the subject of a song by Italian singer Claudio Baglioni. Porta Portese is a bit like the Portobello Road market in London, a place where shoppers can find anything from designer clothes to a sartorial silk blouse, shoes, bijoux, jewelry, and modern practical items. Visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds. (Sundays: 6.00 am – 2.00pm)
5. Mercato Monti
Although it’s not strictly vintage, the Mercato Monti definitely has some special vintage pieces waiting to be discovered. This urban market welcomes emerging designers and young talented artisans. A true Italian creativity hub. (Every weekend from September to June.)
6. Olympic Village Market
Affordable designer clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry and ethnic handicrafts draw inhabitants of northern Rome to this neighborhood market. Stroll the specialized stalls selling items that are pretty much impossible to find anywhere else, such as reptile bags and small leather goods from the 1980s. (Via XVII Olimpiade; Friday: 7.00am to 2.00pm)
7. Mercatino del Caravaggio
This authentic neighborhood market specializes in vintage style clothes that are usually brand new and sold at competitive prices ranging from €3 to €20. The next best deal is just around the corner! (Via dell’Accademia Aldina; Monday and Friday morning until 2.00pm)
8. King Size Vintage
King Size Vintage specializes in men’s and women’s garments from the 1940s to the 1990s, all with an unflinching passion for West Coast fashion, European punk style, and that sophisticated Made in Italy design. (Via Leonina 76)