Rome’s Best Artisanal Finds

Hand-crafted items, from jewelry to leather goods, to clothing, is everywhere you turn in Rome. Here are the best of the best.

87-91 Via Belsiana
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. Sketch out your design with one of the shop’s master craftsman, pick your own leather, even get it monogrammed. Small wallets start at about 50 euros and purses at 100 euros, so for a unique, bespoke leather item, the prices couldn’t be more fair.
9 Via di Piè di Marmo
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.
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 cardinals. In 2000, Gammarelli was included in the list of Rome‘s historic shops, and is probably the most ancient shop in Rome, still managed by direct descendants of the founder. They have an online catalogue where you can learn all about ecclesiastical vestments. Take a walk by and peek into this historic shop.
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