One needs only to wander the piazzas of any major Italian city, or even small town, to realize that Italians are forerunners of sophistication and style. Since the 1950s Italy has rivaled France in terms of European style and sophistication, and Rome is now beginning to overtake Milan as Italy's hotbed of cutting edge fashion.
There are people behind the scenes bringing about this change however. The open-air fashion extravaganza “Donna Sotto le Stelle" takes place on the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) each year in July, was established by the “AltaRoma" organization, perhaps the most prominent player in establishing Rome as a top contender on the international fashion stage and each year it presents AltaRomAltaModa, a marvelous showcase of haute couture collections from both well-established and burgeoning new global designers.
To get your hands on some of the alta moda fashion like that of the “Donna Sotto le Stelle" extravaganza, you need to head straight to “Via Dei Condotti, " close by the “Piazza Di Spagna". Here you will find some of the most cutting edge fashion in classy shops and boutiques that ooze sophistication.
Other top shopping streets in the area include Via Frattina, Via della Croce, Via delle Carrozze and Via del Babuino. Pretty Via Margutta, parallel to Via del Babuino, is lined with pretty art galleries and antique shops, buzzing with people all through the day and evening. Close by the shopping district you will find some of the most sophisticated Rome hotels and Rome apartments, the perfect way to enjoy your shopping trip to Rome in style!