Category Archives: Shopping in Rome

Rome Gift Guide: Where to Buy Unique Gifts and Souvenirs

Updated 16 June 2021 Planning to do a spot of shopping in Rome? The shopping area of the historic center is one of the most beautiful parts of the city and a perfect place to find unique gifts for everyone on your list. (And shop for yourself as well, naturally). While you can definitely find a […]

Assemblea: Testaccio’s Curated Made in Italy Shop

There is a lot happening on Via Alessandro Volta right now. Recently, it was the re-imagining of the old tavola calda into Taverna Volpetti. Then last month a new shop popped up a few doors down. Cheerful Assemblea has a window front that is too whimsical to resist. “Is that the shop with all the […]

Binario 4: Vintage Furniture in Rome

Silvana is basically my new hero. Because she has created this amazing workshop filled with the reclaimed vintage furniture of my dreams. She used to have a stall at the Porta Portese flea market. Then, she disappeared. When I spotted her Binario 4 stand at the Roma Outdoor festival, my resolve hardened. I was determined to […]

Les Vignerons: Natural Wine in Trastevere

Ok, world. The American election season is finally winding down. I have no words. But I do think it it safe to say that we could all use a drink. (What I mean is: I could use all the drinks). There is a dearth of good wine in Trastevere. Right now, we are treated to the […]

Gourmet Salami at Antica Norcineria Viola in Rome

I was a vegetarian from the age of about 7 to 25. In between,  I dabbled in veganism while my parents waited for me to out grow my meat-free phase. It was hardly a “phase,” but when I moved to Rome, I dropped it. In Italy (and now in general), I eat meat in moderation. […]

Fairytale Boutique: Shopping In Rome’s Testaccio District

I needed to go to the supermarket on Saturday. The supermarket is right next to Piazza Testaccio, and as I rounded the corner to buy household necessities, I remembered that there was something else next to Piazza Testaccio as well. Mission: Diverted. I ambled over to Fairytale “just to look,” I told myself. Fairytale is very […]

Essenzialmente Laura: Gorgeous Perfume Shop in Rome

I was struck by Essenzialmente Laura as I walked down Via dei Coronari. The street is filled with blooming jasmine, but this small shop smells even sweeter. I have never been one for powerful scents. I prefer light, fresh and natural perfumes. Laura Bosetti Tonatto creates just that. She has created perfumes inspired by the […]