Via del Moro is a particularly charming street.
But one of the true gems of the street is Polvere di Tempo.
The small shop is nearly obscured by hanging ivy, but this only adds to the appeal of the treasures that lay just inside.
Polvere di Tempo is a unique artisan shop run by Adrien Rodriguez who originally studied as an architect in Argentina.
Peeking through the window, you will see an eclectic mix of leather-bound journals, maps and globes of all types. Rather than antiques long forgotten by modern Romans, these treasures are all handcrafted by Adrien in his small workshop within the shop.
From this quiet and quant corner of Rome, Adrien creates hourglasses of sand and water (which is fitting as “Polvere di Tempo” means “dusts of time”).
He also indulges his passion for sundials and other curios that might be more commonly seen in past centuries.
Even if you don’t have space in your luggage for a handcrafted hourglass, there are smaller keepsakes waiting to be scooped up.
When I found something here for my father recently, Adrien wrapped it up nicely and even personalized it with a wax seal.
I am thinking I need to add Polvere di Tempo to my list of favorite stores to find unique Rome souvenirs, because there is surely no place like it anywhere else.
Have you been to visit yet?
Polvere di Tempo
Via del Moro, 59
00153 Rome (Trastevere)
+39 06 5880704