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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.
This is more a drawing room than a shop. The owners demonstrate the characteristics of each pipe, how to look after it and inform the customer of the most suitable tobaccos (though they are not sold on the premises). They also organize repairs and it is possible to have a pleasant conversation seated on the sofas while leisurely choosing pipes, pipe rests, cigar cutters, pipe holders, pipe cleaners, tobacco pouches and the like. Besides being a great place for pipe lovers, it is also a shop where non-smokers might find house furnishings or gift ideas such as silver and briar wood frames, wooden trays, cigar boxes and many other wooden, silver or glass objects that give a warm, traditional touch to a home.
Walk in through the doors of La Galleria di Laura Tonatto, and let your senses go on a fragrant adventure through thick forests, open fields, fruit orchards, seaside avenues and floral gardens. This eponymous boutique displays the wide range of perfumes produced by Laura Tonatto, whose claim to fame is the fragrance created for Queen Elizabeth II. Laura Tonatto are popular among celebrities too, you will find a fragrance combined by George Clooney here.
This is in all probability Rome's oldest pharmacy, having been in existence for 450 years. Tourists near the Trevi Fountain and even Romans do not know how old this shop is, still decked out in the style of old-fashioned pharmacy. At the entrance, an old bronze mortar bears a date which is probably when the shop opened. The 18th century furniture is in dark wood and the shelves bear lovely blue ceramic vases that once held medicinal herbs. It was here that the workshop that prepared the balsam for Pope Innocent once stood. It no longer exists but there are many alembics and mortars that remain.
The guys at Tazza D'Oro know that coffee has been through the thick and thin of age old traditions and time immemorial. No wonder, it shows in their finely ground and painstakingly prepared coffee which is aromatic and lip smacking good. To some it may be a wake up call, while for a few others it might just be a reason to keep them charged through the day. Apart from coffee, they also have a small selection of teas on offer and for those who don't like their coffee virgin, they have the liqueur variety too. Whatever your cravings, a cup of Tazza d'Oro is all you need to spruce up your taste buds.