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Via del Governo Vecchio, Rome

Italy's insider take:

Narrow, bustling Via del Governo Vecchio is not only unspeakably picturesque, it also boasts the highest density of one-off fashion emporiums in Rome, offering everything from the classiest secondhand garments at Vestiti Usati Cinzia (No. 45; 39-06-686-1791) to beautiful coats, sweaters, and embroidered wedding dresses designed by Luciana Iannace at Maga Morgana (No. 27; 39-06-687-9995 and No. 98; 39-06-687-8095). Patrizia Pieroni's daring conversation-piece dresses are at Arsenale (No. 64; 39-06-686-1380); you'll find strappy, spangly sandals at Jade & More (No. 36; 39-06-683-3936); Tempi Moderni has Art Deco necklaces and Bakelite brooches (No. 108; 39-06-687-7007); and there's outrageously ornate costume jewelry at Indecoroso (No. 67; 39-335-635-0096). When it all gets to be too much for you, take the weight off your feet at Shaki Restaurant, where meals, drinks, and snacks are served from 10 am to 2 am daily (No. 123; 39-06-6830-8796;

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