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The secret Roman showroom of luxury handbag maker VBH
The secret Roman showroom of luxury handbag maker VBH

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Shopping in Rome

Rome is a shopper’s paradise year-round, with the city’s boutiques and ateliers a veritable treasure chest.

VBH, Blu Cachemire and Bartolucci

VBH

The secret Roman showroom of luxury handbag maker VBH is hidden down an unassuming side street just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps in Rome. A VBH wallet costs about €600, while €24,000 gets you something so fabulous it would grace any Hollywood red carpet. (And they do).

VBH

Via di San Giacomo 21, Rome

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Blu Cachemire

Sweaters, cardigans, scarves, socks, coats, all made from Italian wool and cashmere. You’ll find this shop in the delightfully picturesque neighborhood of Trastevere.

Blu Cachemire

Via di San Francesca a Ripa 155, Rome

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Bartolucci

A shop so packed with Pinocchios of various shapes and sizes you’d think it was Gepetto’s workshop. This third generation, family-run store sells all sorts of wooden creations, from dolls to clocks and bedside lamps.

Bartolucci

Via dei Pastini 98, Rome

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Bottega del Marmoraro, Picta Porcellane and Volpetti alla Scrofa

Bottega del Marmoraro

You could probably get all your Christmas gifts on the charming, ivy-draped Via Margutta there are so many shops. For €15, you can even get a custom-engraved marble slab within the hour at stonemason Sandro Fioren­tini’s workshop.

Bottega del Marmoraro

Via Margutta 53B, Rome

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Picta Porcellane

Marina Graziani creates and sells hand-painted porcelain in her tiny workshop off Campo de’ Fiori. Every piece is unique, with prices starting around €10 for smaller items.

Picta Porcellane

Via dei Cappellari 11, Rome

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Volpetti alla Scrofa

Gianluca Volpetti’s grandfather opened this deli in 1920. The shelves are filled with Italian delicacies, from truffles to olive oil, cheese, and prosciutto and more kinds of pasta than Rome has churches. The man himself swears the €78 Amarone he stocks is the “best in Italy.”

Volpetti alla Scrofa

Via della Scrofa 32, Rome

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Cinzia Second Hand, Cartoleria Pantheon 1910 and Sergio di Cori

Cinzia Second Hand

Are you a fan of Gucci and Prada but can’t afford the prices? Check out the second-hand shops on Via del Governo Vecchio. Cinzia at number 35 and its sister shop at number 45 have both been known to stock a vintage bargain or two.

Cinzia Second Hand

Via del Governo Vecchio 35 & 45, Rome

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Cartoleria Pantheon 1910

A haven for writers, calligraphers and sketchers, this cartoleria – a stationery shop – stocks an extraordinary array of leather-bound notebooks and journals, as well as paper, from the simplest stock paper to artisanal sheets of handcrafted Amalfi paper.

Cartoleria Pantheon 1910

Via della Rotonda 15, Rome

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Sergio di Cori

This tiny hole in the wall lies just down the road from the Furlas, Puccis and Diors of the world. Di Cori’s gloves, made of the softest lambskin, and lined with cashmere, silk, cashmere, fur or wool, will keep your hands both warm and stylish. Available in every color of the rainbow.

Sergio di Cori

Piazza di Spagna 53, Rome

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