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 centuries Via del Corso has been the main road of access to the city for pilgrims coming in from the north. Originally, it was known as Via Flaminia during the time of the Roman Empire, and then went on to be known as Via Lata in the Middle Ages. This road, measuring 1500 meters (4921.26 feet), connects Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo. Here, among other things, you can find elegant palaces dating back to ancient times. Most tourists today love taking a walk down this road only to lose themselves in ancient history and the essence of this culturally rich city.
This delightful bookshop is a stone's throw from the Colosseum, with a wide choice of titles in all sections. The staff is attentive and competent. The departments include philosophy, art, economics and literature. Children's books are very limited in number but you will find the bestsellers here.
This is a small boutique in the Centro Storico. Their evening wear, knitwear and accessories have always attracted the women of the capital who are looking for a discreet elegance with attention to detail. Women swear by the fashion sense of this designer who has become a brand to reckon with. The designs are a runaway hit in the market each season and can be seen on most people. The boutique also offers special custom-made designs for its customers according to their needs and directions. Walk into the shop to admire the clothes or to witness the exhibitions that are held here from time to time.
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.
Materie is this small little shop that keeps accessories of great value. The contemporary items you will find here are handbags, vases, scarves, jewellery, all from European and Italian makers. The main USP of this place is that most of their stuff has been created by unusual and recycled materials like old tyres and the likes. Get your hands on some of the most beautiful precious stones at amazing prices. With all this and more, it will be difficult to walk out of this store empty. For more details, visit the website or call ahead.
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.