You would need to have been living on Mars for the last 100 years if you did not know that Italians are known for their style. They are famous for having the most stylish cars, watches, sunglasses, motorbikes and even churches! You name it and the Italians have got it (not to mention it is more stylish than yours)! Of course when it comes to clothes it is no big surprise they are the world leaders in what's HOT, with some of the biggest designers hailing from Italy such as Valentino, Gucci, D & G and Missoni. you only need to walk around any Italian town to see how well presented all the Italians are, its not just they have great taste in clothes but everything is accessorized just so, hair and make up are perfect, and so the overall package is something to just be invited.
Now mere mortals can also achieve these super stylish looks at a fraction of the price. The Castel Romano outlet shopping center near Rome is a Mecca for bargain hunting shoppers, set in a reproduction style that echoes that of the great Roman Empire. It boasts 110 quality high end label stores ranging from Asics, Bruno Magli, Calvin Klein and Diesel to Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli. The discounts range between 30% to 70% on previous season stock and if you're lucky you might pick up something from the current season too. With an on-site alteration service available it means that even if you fall in love with a dress which is a size too big but half of its original price it can still be yours just pop into the tailors and get them to work their magic for you !
The outdoor mall itself has the feel of walking around a perfect little town, with well maintained boulevard style walks bordered by divinely done-up window displays, so even window shopping is a treat. To relax and cool down in between shopping or even to just sit and drool at all your new purchases there are plenty of options to choose from in the line of refreshments.
The best thing of all is that the center itself is not hard to reach, with a shuttle service running from Piazza Barberini in the center of Rome to Castel Romano. The service departs Monday to Thursday with departure times of either 9.15am or 2.15pm. The return trip is 1pm or 6pm. On Saturdays and Sundays there is only the one trip and it departs at 9.15am and returns at 1pm. Arrangements can be made for a hotel pickup if organized the day before the shopping trip. CastelRomano is only 15k south of Rome's EUR so so reachable by car too. Castelromano offers everything that you would expect to find in a regular shopping center, including child care facilities, ATM and even a huge FREE car park!
With the heat of Rome it can be too hard to find the energy to go shopping in the center and when you do you still have to battle with the hustle and bustle of town, the noise of the city streets and the traffic! So Castleromano with its coastal breeze makes for the perfect place to spend the day shopping. While everything is at a 50-70% savings you can rest assured knowing you are not breaking the bank and still helping to fuel the sluggish economy. At least that is what I told myself as I came, I saw, and I acquired …