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Rome's Best Artisanal Finds

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Hand-crafted items, from jewelry to leather goods, to clothing, is everywhere you turn in Rome. Here are the best of the best.
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An old-school chair restoration outfit in the center of Rome
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Via di Capo le Case, 6, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Old-fashioned stores, like this one that makes and sells hand-embroidered children’s clothes, are in danger of dying out. I keep the tradition going and buy baby gifts for my girlfriends. 39/06-679-2992. By Pepi Marchetti Franchi, as told to...
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Via del Cancello, 15, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Get a handmade leather wallet, purse, or passport holder—without breaking the bank. Since 1949, local secret Armando Rioda (hidden on the 2nd floor of a building near the Spanish Steps) has been turning out top-notch, handcrafted leather goods....
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Via Leonina, 14, 00121 Roma RM, Italy
For more than five decades, the De Giulio family has been handcrafting and restoring frames for well heeled monticiani.
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Via del Piè di Marmo, 7/8, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Federico Polidori makes hand crafted leather bags, saddles, belts, wallets and other accessories in his small shop in Rome's historical center. In addition to items displayed in the workshop, Polidori will also make custom objects.
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Via Giulia, 62, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Tripe, a cow's stomach, is a Roman delicacy at the table. But O-Pose also makes an inedible version of this local specialty, transforming suede made from tripe into clutches and wallets sealed with a hand crafted silver closure. These one of a...
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Vicolo dei Serpenti, 13, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Cristina Venezia's shop in Rome's Monti district is a treasure trove of artisanal objects. Shop for stunning hand-painted ceramics—which she sources from small artisanal studios all over Italy—and be sure to check out her own creations: scarves...
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Via di S. Chiara, 34, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Wandering down the small via S. Chiara I spotted this shop that makes vestments for the Pope. I was tempted to go in and order a pair of red shoes but thought better of it. Since 1798 the Gammarelli family have been outfitting popes, bishops and...
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Via del Governo Vecchio, 128, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
At Nicotra di San Giacomo, artisans blend weaving and metal work, creating wearable tapestries made from gold, silver and silk threads. Their cuff bracelets, braided necklaces and rings are made according to techniques passed down by Renaissance...
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Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
For something a little more unique than the big designer names on the via Condotti discover one of Rome’s many street markets. What started in 2009 as an occasional happening organized by a trio of friends, the Mercato Monti is now a regular...