Moda Roma: Saldi! + an Yichen-terview


Saldi in Roma

Saldi (sales) in Roma are unique in that there are only two times of year in which these occasions occur, one in the winter and the other in the summer. These sales go for about a month and a half each, with almost more than 60% off of everything. It is a perfect time to go bargain hunting in the most famous streets of Rome.

The winter sales are held from January 5th till about mid-February, with tons of sweaters, pea-coats, and best known for BOOTS! As for the summer sales, these start in July and end mid-August. In the summer you can find bathing suits, sandals and much more!

From street vending, to boutique shops, to galleria malls, it doesn’t matter what it is or where it is located during these seasons it is on sale!

So why not shop till you drop!

The best shopping areas are:

Via del Corso, Via Condotti, Via Cola di Rienzo, malls Galleria Alberto Sordi and outlets.

  • Via del Condotti  located right across from the Spanish steps,  is Rome’s version of  5th avenue filled with high end luxury Italian and foreign boutiques such as Bulgari, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Battistoni etc., etc.
  • Via del Corso, which is located alongside century-old shops from leather goods to athletic wear and casual clothing.
  • Via Cola di Rienzo, located just north of the Vatican. It is filled with shops and boutiques aimed at more modest budgets, yet still packed with fresh looks and interesting designers, this is a popular choice with Romans, and less crowded than the more central shopping streets.
  • Galleria Alberto Sordi, is located on Via del Corso. This beautiful galleria is filled with many stores such as Zara, Calvin Klein Jeans, Ottica, Braccialini and many more!

All store windows are filled with Saldi signs! Whether you are looking  for high fashion sales to low budget sales Rome has it all!

Check out these websites for more tips on navigating the sales!







Student interview: Yichen Wang

Interviewer: Leah Schroeder

What are some of your impressions of Rome Fashion?

Yichen: I think that Romans know what they like and they dress well.

What trends have you seen in Roman fashion?

Yichen: I’ve noticed most people wearing down coats, motorcycle boots, oxford shoes, and lots of dark colors.

Where do you find fashion inspiration?

Yichen: I like to find inspiration in window displays, street fashion and I also read some Chinese fashion blogs.

Who is your style icon?

Yichen: I like Mondo Guerra from the show Project Runway. He uses interesting prints in his designs.

Where do you like to shop in Rome?

Yichen: I like to shop in the area around Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere and on Via Dei Giubbonari near Campo de’Fiori.

Benvenuto al Tavolo!

Hey there, and welcome to the table! We’re Kymber Kincanon and Annie Kientz, and we’re here to fill you in on everything you need to know about Italian food beyond the doors of your nearest Olive Garden. Check back a few times each week to read the latest updates on our (mis)adventures, and keep an eye out for the topic indicators at the top of each post. ROMAN STAPLES are exactly that: all the pizza, pasta, and gelato reviews you could want, as well as insider tips on where to find the best of the best. After a few weeks, you’ll know how to order a caffe latte as well as the Romans do. ITALIAN AT HOME posts are our humble attempts to make those exquisite dishes ourselves with fresh market ingredients, as well as pointers on how you can recreate the meals at home using easy-to-find ingredients to achieve an (almost)-perfect reproduction. Our personal favorite, WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU WANTED (and things you really didn’t) will detail all of the crazy, random, weird foods we stumble upon in our quest to become true Italian food connoisseurs. And keep your eyes open, because throughout the semester you’ll see headline posts filling you in on all our travels, with great specials on the fantastic dishes we have the pleasure to try. It’s going to be great, guys. From the foodies across the pond, salute and happy eating!

Italian life and culture: caffè

My name is Michael Dean.

I’m working on an assignment for class with my pal Grant. We have to document Italian life and culture. I am not Italian. He is not Italian. We are in Italy, but do not belong here.

My name is Michael Dean. I have a headache. Coffee. Caffè latte. Cappuccino. Caffè macchiato. The words roll off of my tongue as I practice ordering. Buongiorno, vorrei un caffèccino. I messed up. The woman looks at me like I have three heads. For all I know, I do. Grant isn’t with me. He could save this; he’d say something funny and we’d all laugh. Mi dispiace; vorrei un cappuccino. I hand over €1,30. In Italy they use commas as decimal points. While I’m patting myself on the back over this knowledge the lady scowls and gives me back the €0,20 coin I overpaid.

My name is Michael Dean. I have to keep it in my head so I don’t lose myself. Mi chiamo Michael Dean. The headache never went away. Grant still isn’t here. I don’t know why he would be; I never asked him to come. On the TV there’s a commercial for CRYSTAL PARTY. It’s mesmerizing. It’s from the early 90s, it has to be. CRYSTAL PARTY wants me to buy things from it. CRYSTAL PARTY is so self-consciously cheesy I can’t tear my eyes away. CRYSTAL PARTY is my entire world for the next twenty seconds.

My name is Michael Dean. I’m being jostled by Italians. Why do Italians like to jostle? I’m in their way, obviously. Scusi. Permesso. I’m taking up valuable space at the coffee bar. Cafffè Camerino: il caffè con tre “effe”. I struggle to figure out what this means. Why is there an extra F? It’s making my headache worse. CRYSTAL PARTY isn’t helping, at all. It’s the third time I’ve seen the commercial. I am so confused. I do not speak Italian. I pat my shoulders to reassure myself I have only one head. The barista looks at me even more strangely than the lady at the register did.

My name is Kool Moe Dee. I am so kool. I have achieved this level of kool by jostling, and by speaking Italian. I am Italian. Il conto, per favore. Buonasera. I can sling travel-guide phrases with the best of them. I do it with confidence. Wherever Grant is, surely he is also Italian. We are jostling together, in spirit. The embarrassing €0,20 comes in handy because I want another coffee. I don’t mess up this time. Vorrei un cappuccino. Perfetto. Va bene. Bravissimo. CRYSTAL PARTY shows up again. I dismiss it. CRYSTAL PARTY is banishèd forthwith. I jostle my way back to the bar. The barista nods approvingly. The cappuccino is delicious, better than the first one.

My name is Michael Dean. I am in Italy. I can buy coffee. My headache is even gone.


Fotografia di Roma

Minh and I (Amber) will be in charge of capturing the city’s captivating features. Each blog post will focus on the little details that make Rome unique and fascinating. Please feel free to contact Minh or I with any ideas for photos that you would like to see on the site.


I would like to also take this time to thank all the amazing people that donated to my kickstarter. If it wasn’t for all you I would not have be able to make this fantastic trip.


Brad Prichard, Catherine Barrett, Chris Boyer, Ryan Goodman, Rob Hodges, Toni Rice, Lori DeKalb, Emily Ferguson, Kimberly Zeltsar, Stephanie Pilat, Jim and Cheryl Reynolds, Leah, Daniel Butko, Meghann Conwell, Fred, Star Dust Wunch, Cody Conwell, Faye Welsh, Jim Zeier, Brian Steines, Teresa Andrillon, Ruth Johnson, Rebecca Hargrove, Davide Foschi, Lewis and Melanie Conwell, and Jessica Lehr. (this is in no order, just the way it is listed on my kickstarter)

Thank you all so much!!!

Amber Conwell

Music and Entertainment


My name is Caty and I am one of the third year architecture students on this adventure. I’ll be writing with Nathan about music and entertainment here in this amazing city. We want to focus on; a mix of cultures, weekly posts about what to do around town, and what to do here in our neighborhood of Trastevere! We will post about what to do but also reviews on things we’ve done including everything from English and Italian movies, to concerts, and soccer games.