Rome Fashion History Tour

Join an expert fashionista on a Rome Fashion History tour, and discover why the Italian capital is world-renowned for its fashion!

Rome Fashion History Tour

Join an expert fashionista on a Rome Fashion History tour, and discover why the Italian capital is world-renowned for its fashion!

Availability

Daily

Duration

4 Hours

Times

Flexible

Tour Overview

Availability

Daily

Times

Flexible

Duration

4 Hours

Unmissable

Italy is famous for its fashion, so where better to discover the latest trends than with me, in the heart of Italy's capital, on my Rome fashion tour?

Unique

On this unique, tailor-fitted tour, I will walk you through Rome’s ancient streets, seeking out the capital’s main fashion houses, special boutiques, and the most sought after exponents of Italian Haute Couture.

Immersive

My four-hour itinerary combines culture and history with an in-depth look into iconic Italian fashion trends, both past and present. And as a certified personal shopper, I am the perfect person to guide you through the best of what the Eternal City has to offer.

Full Itinerary

Start your Rome fashion tour at Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi

 

Starting at the heart of Rome’s fashion district, the first attraction we’ll visit is the Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi. This small but atmospheric palazzo was transformed in 1995 into a museum for fashion and the decorative arts. Among its collection of over 800 clothing items and fashion accessories, we’ll find pieces by such star names as Valentino, Fausto Sarli, Renato Balestra and the Fontana Sisters.

 

We’ll then visit Valentino Garavani’s flagship atelier, Palazzo Valentino, situated a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps. I like to think of Valentino’s style as capturing something of the city as a whole – his sinuosity and figure-hugging cuts echo the curls and curves of those masterpieces of the Roman Baroque you see carved on church facades throughout the city.

 

Next up are the legendary Spanish Steps. In the 19th-century, models would loiter around its tumbling balustrades, in eager anticipation of passing trade from passing painters. Models no longer frequent the steps, and Selfies have substituted portraits around the Spanish Steps. But Rome’s young and beautiful still gather here in the evening to meet friends and make plans for the night ahead.

 

Discover Bulgari, Fendi, and other household names of Italian fashion

 

The area around the Spanish Steps is awash with luxury brands. We’ll make our way down the famous Via dei Condotti, named after the conduits that carried water from Rome’s aqueducts to the Baths of Agrippa.

 

This street is the Roman equivalent of London’s Bond Street or Paris’ Rue di Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. Here you’ll find some of the biggest names of Italian fashion, from Dolce & Gabbana to Gucci; Armani to Ferragamo.

 

We then make a stop at the iconic Trevi Fountain

 

From Via dei Condotti it’s just a short stroll to the Trevi Fountain. This ostentatiously Baroque monument was immortalised in Federico Fellini’s 1960 film ‘La Dolce Vita’, where Anita Ekberg waded wistfully into its waters, pursued by the enraptured Roman journalist played by Marcello Mastroianni.

 

Such scenes have transformed this area of Rome’s center into a true ‘Holywood on the Tiber’. On your Rome fashion tour, I’ll walk you through the scenes, the fashion, and the sites that catapulted Rome onto the world stage as an A-List city, synonymous with style.

 

Venture down Rome’s Broadway and duck into Galleria Alberto Sordi

 

As we make our way down Via del Corso, once one of Rome’s main consular roads and now the Italian capital’s Broadway, we’ll duck into a stunning 20th-century shopping centre, Galleria Alberto Sordi. Galleria Sordi has been the capital’s consumerist centre for over a century, housing a cornucopia of high-end stores for men’s, women’s and children’s fashion.

 

The next stop on our fashion tour is the Pantheon

 

Built under the emperor Hadrian in the early first century AD, the Pantheon is the best-preserved and most breathtaking ancient monument in Rome. But what was it built for? Why is its famous dome hollow in the centre? And why did the Pantheon survive when almost all of Rome’s other pagan temples were destroyed? Find out all this and more on this Rome fashion history tour!

 

Your Rome fashion tour winds up in the stunning Campo de’ Fiori

 

The “Square of Flowers,” as it means in Italian, is an intriguing evening spot. Having done away with its daily farmers’ market, it becomes a buzzing hangout spot for those caught up in Rome’s famous nightlife – ‘la movida romana’. Locals and tourists intermingle, spilling out of traditional bars and soaking in the city’s unique evening atmosphere. It’s also around this fashionable hotspot that you’ll find a wealth of artisan and individual boutiques, just waiting to be explored as you discover their treasures.

 

At the end of your Rome fashion history tour, I can recommend one of my favourite places to go for aperitivo, an Italian tradition the world would do well to adopt. What better way to end an evening of fun and fashion than right in the centre of the Eternal City’s night-time action!

 

Your Rome fashion history tour can be fully customized in case there’s something specific you’d like to see. You can also combine it with other tours and experiences I offer: pack in maximum culture into your day with an Vatican & Sistine Chapel tour or immersing yourself in the city of the Caesars on my Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill tour.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made 8 days or more prior to the scheduled tour will be in receipt of a full refund. 

 

No-shows and late cancellations are subject to a 100% penalty fee.

 

I always purchase your tickets in advance (to save any waiting in line) so they are non-refundable.

    Terms and Conditions*

    Avi G
    Avi G
    2020-01-19
    A wonderful tour guide My wife and I and our three kids did two tours with Nina (Ancient Rome and a Walking Tour) in mid-January. Nina was delightful, extremely knowledgeable (she is a trained archaeologist), she got on particularly well with our kids and couldn't have been more accommodating with our various requests. We learned a great deal and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Highly recommended!
    Jim M
    Jim M
    2020-01-10
    Nina is Incredible My wife and our two teenagers spent a day and a half with Nina, touring the Vatican, Coliseum, Roman Forum, walking the main squares, Spanish Steps, etc. Simply put - she was incredible. Nina is full of passion and energy about Rome, with a warm disposition that will immediately make you feel comfortable. My family not only loved the tours, we loved her! She's prepared, and organized. While waiting in line for the early entry to the Vatican, she pulled out a large reproduction of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, and panel-by-panel explained what was being done or said. She did the same for the large wall at the end of the room. Before we even got into the Chapel, we understood what it was, what it meant and what to look for. We got so much more out of the experience because of her preparation. Very impressive. She will listen to you, understand what you're trying to accomplish and make things happen. We happened to be in Rome over New Years, and hadn't made a dinner reservation for New Years Eve. She made a bunch of call for us to find a spot, something she didn't need to do. I prefer reviews that are concise, so I'll stop here. But I can't say enough good things about Nina. I would never dream of visiting Rome again without spending time with her. She's without peer.
    Marco L
    Marco L
    2019-10-18
    Pantheon met gids Nina Genoten van de rondleiding Pantheon met onze gids Nina. Zelden een gids meegemaakt die zo deskundig maar ook overduidelijk enthousiast over de geschiedenis van Rome is.
    CBJessel
    CBJessel
    2018-08-13
    Best Afternoon in Rome with Nina - Shopping Tour This is the best way to see Rome. Walking with Nina in the small streets and alleys in Rome and getting to “find” the local shops and craftspeople perfecting their art. How would you ever find any of this without Nina? We enjoyed every minute of our walking tour. Nina made sure we saw all of the shops we wanted to see before they closed and she had to leave us. It was a great afternoon of shopping, chatting and wandering the city. 3 hours was not enough time to explore Rome this way. We have to mention - Laura of Do You Explore provided a fabulous list of local places to eat in drink around all of neighborhoods. The one we picked with Nina’s recommendation did not disappoint - great pizza and salad. We needed to stay longer to try more of these recommendations. Ciao !
    Maria M
    Maria M
    2018-06-22
    Excellent and informative tour Luciana is a wonderful guide and she made the Vatican interesting for first time visitors as well as two of us that had been several times. You see a lot but it isn't overwhelming and there is some customization so you can choose what's most important to you. We enjoyed our time with Luciana very much and would happily recommend her,
    17scarlet
    17scarlet
    2018-06-16
    Nina is simply the best tour guide in Rome!!! This was our second trip to Rome and our second tour with Nina. It was even better than the first! The tour was arranged by Laura who was incredibly kind and helpful. She and I communicated via email to craft the exact tour that my husband and I wanted...antient Rome and the "lasagna" church. Nina not only has incredible knowledge of her home town, she has participated in archeological digs across these ancient sites. Quite a different perspective and depth than most tour guides. We adore Nina and highly recommend Do You Explore?
    JODI A
    JODI A
    2018-04-08
    Nina....the best tour guide in Rome:)! Not only was Nina pleasant, knowledgeable, informative, warm and friendly she was beyond patient with our group. My family and I arrived about 10 minutes before we were set to meet her and were starving so we stood in line at the cafe and ended up being a few minutes late to meet Nina out front. She let us stand in the skip the line, line while we ate and she went over information on the Sistine Chapel, which you aren't allowed to talk when viewing so she loaded us up with need to know info and then led us in. Our teenager ended up loosing his ticket somewhere between the entrance and the museum so she patiently took him to buy a new ticket and still had some tricks up her sleeve to get us in past the line so we got into the chapel before it got too crowded to enjoy. In the museum we got to experience a secret room that is closed off to the general public but because Nina is so incredible we were able to go behind the scenes! The experience as a whole was amazing! I would highly recommend this tour and any other tour given by Nina at DoYouExplore!
    nicedream29
    nicedream29
    2018-03-31
    Best Colosseum tour with NINA! My 13 yr old son and I enjoyed Nina's enthusiastic and passionate tour of Rome and the ancient history of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. There is nothing better than learning about Ancient Rome from someone who has a PhD in archaeology and can explain it all and in a fun way! She's positive. energetic but above-all,most knowledgeable about the Colosseum and I would highly recommend this one or any of her private tours in Rome. She's the best and her energy is positively infectious!
    Lena O
    Lena O
    2018-03-07
    Best Vatikan tour ever Thank You "Do You Explore" for contribute to a most wonderful stay in Rom, . The guided tour led by Nina to the Vatikan state and St:t Peterschurch was the best guided tour we ever had and it was adaptet to our "nipote" 12 years old in a fantastic way. So thank You for a lovely stay in Rom. We will come back and we will certainly recomend your guiding skills and this company is the best ever in guiding children in "high culture".
    Cjostrom
    Cjostrom
    2017-06-30
    Nina is AMAZING!!! This my first time over seas and I didn't know what to expect. I was so overwhelmed with the all of the sights, sounds, and smells it was hard to take it all in. Nina was an amazing tour guide giving me the history and stories behind all of the attractions that we saw! she was truly amazing. She brought the historical locations to life giving me a much greater appreciation for where I was and what I was seeing. She was more knowledgeable than any book you could buy and was an absolute delight to be with, I didn't want the tours to end! If you are in Rome and you want to not only see the attractions but actually learn about them and get a sense of what life was like back then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND hiring NINA for a tour! You will not be disappointed! As soon as I can make it back she will be the first person I call!

    • Make sure to bring your phone or camera!

     

    • We can meet either at your hotel or at a central location within the city center.