As you step in through the doors of Bartolucci , you will feel as if you are entering Pinocchio's birthplace: Gepetto's workshop. This outlet in Rome was established in 2002. Staying true to the traditions began by Francesco Bartolucci, this store offers visitors with marvelous creations crafted out of wood. Nestled in Centro Storico and in close proximity to the Pantheon, famous churches and other historical sites, this shop offers a delightful break during your tour.
De Sanctis 1890 is the place that most tourists go to in order to procure a piece of Rome. Ceramic art is an important part of Italian tradition dating back to 4000 years ago. It is the art of painting pottery. The ceramics manufacturer create wonders like hand-painted tiles, cups, mugs, bowls and decoration items. These bright and colorful art-pieces are great to attract the attention of friends and guests. Pick up a few of them as memorabilia, to reignite the magic of Rome long after your holiday.
Tradition says that Campo de' Fiori was named after the woman loved by Pompey, Flora, but it is more likely to have come from something a bit less romantic. In the 14th Century, Campo de' Fiori was a long-abandoned field filled with flowers. In the second half of the 19th Century the square became a place of daily market. You may be tempted to buy some of the best fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, tablecloths, utensils and toys. It was also the scene of many executions, most notably that of Giordano Bruno, the philosopher who was burned here in 1600. The statue dedicated to him replaced a fountain that was moved to the nearby Chiesa Nuova square, and a reproduction of it was moved to the side of the Campo de' Fiori.
For all denim-loving fanatics, the Strategic Business Unit is a treasure trove. It specializes in jeans, creating masterpieces of various styles- slim-fit, low cut, flared and the like. The boutique is frequented by the classes who pick out the latest trends and new designs in the world of denim fashion. There are other fabrics available too. Apart from jeans, a large part of the stock consists of shoes and shirts. The Strategic Business Unit deals in men's wear, meeting their needs and dressing them up in style.
This is the best place to shop for exquisite creations in silk and velvet. The clothes range from casual to formal wear along with a few bridal garments. Antique lace embroidered wedding dresses can be ordered here. Maga Morgana is owned by Luciana Lannace who is an ace with the needle. Her designs are top-notch and the fall of her garments are flattering to the human form. Pick up a few items and styles from here to add to your party collection. You can ask the friendly staff to you choose too.
The Danish designer Tina Sondergaard displays her signature label at this cute and small store. The colorful creations designed by her are in keeping with the soul of the free-spirited woman. Her designs are well loved and patronized by many, such that she is now a much coveted brand, designing custom dresses for the glamorous. One can find bright dresses, tops and accessories that change with season. Clothes can also be fitted here at the small sewing space in the corner.
Piazza Venezia has received its touch of vibrancy with the establishment of Little Big Town. Since its opening in 2009, this store is constantly flocked by little guests, who keep coming back to revel in this charming space. Spread across three stories, this store houses an extensive variety of toys. From puzzles, magic tricks, board games to figurines, plushies, dolls, legos, puppets, any kind of toy you are looking for, will be found here. Do visit the 'iMarvellousi' section, that will transport you to a mystical realm with its magical beings. Adults can take a trip back to their childhood days at this store.
As well as a good variety of classic and foreign works, this bookshop has a well-stocked section of children's books. Every Sunday, a section of the shop is completely given over to young readers where they are free to play and read. There is also an ample selection dedicated to tourist guide books in several languages.
This is a great bookshop for Russian language enthusiasts who will find literary texts here as well as philosophy, history and art books, all in Russian. This is also the place to subscribe to Russian magazines, and get assistance in signing up for Russian language courses or get some help with conquering that Cyrillic alphabet.
A studio-library specializing in 19th century books, with sections dedicated to books on tourism and traditional gastronomy. Famous chefs, culinary arts scholars and wine tasters often come here. The owner of the studio is extremely knowledgeable.
Established by Torinese cousins, Moriondo and Gariglio, from Turin in 1850, Moriondo & Gariglio brings the chocolate-making traditions of the Piedmont region to the capital. This shop sells an impressive quantity of chocolates, pralines, fruit jellies and delicious almond crunch, all made from original recipes according to old Piedmontese traditions. Do not forget to try out their bonbons, when visiting this place. The packaged chocolates are a work of art in themselves., which make perfect gifts for your loved one.