Castel Romano is an enormous shopping complex just outside the center of Rome which boasts an enormous range of discounted, well-known designer brands. This has potential to be a shopper's paradise, but it can be hit and miss as to whether it is worth the trip out of town. Here is the lowdown on making the trip out to Castel Romano:
Why you should go to Castel Romano:
Huge selection of designer brands
There is a huge selection of designer brands all laid out in the complex and you could easily spend a day wandering through and digging up the best bargains. The complex hosts big name brands such as Blumarine, Furla, Loriblu alongside over 200 other stores and boutiques, and you can find guides of the shopping centre to map out exactly which shops you want to get to
Even if the prices don't always get from the 30-70% off that the website promises, if you know what you are looking for you can definitely dig up some bargains for all your favourite brands. It would be important to know what was from previous seasons and have a bit of knowledge about the brands you are looking for in order to get the best deals
Friendly and comfortable layout of shops
The Castel Romano shopping complex is described as big, clean and inviting, and is decked out with palm trees are areas for sitting outside in between shopping up a storm. There is plenty of space to sit, eat, drink and people watch before you keep shopping.
Reasons why you can give Castel Romano a miss:
Getting there is a pain
The shopping complex offers a shuttle service from Termini train station (via Marsala 71). This is only 15€ return for the basic fare, but due to traffic it can often take a lot longer than the 20 minute trip that is advertised and the shuttles can be crowded, hot, and difficult to find at the central station. Taxi drivers have been known to take advantage of travellers trying to get to the shopping complex, so the shuttles are by far the cheapest way to get there, but it can be more difficult than it seems.
Not for big Italian brands
A large majority of the brands on offer are American brands, so if you are looking for bigger Italian brands, this is maybe not the place to get started.