Rome’s shops, studios and boutiques make retail therapy diverting enough to distract you from the incredible cityscape. Wander the backstreets and you’ll find yourself glancing into dusty workshops: framers and furniture restorers. Narrow lanes are dotted with beautiful boutiques and department stores have an old-style glamour. That’s not to say that there are no chain stores in Rome, but the city is still dominated by the individual shop. Foodstuffs, handmade accessories, and homewares make particularly good buys.