Leading tastemakers’ favourite shops in Rome

Where to find everything from haute hats to luscious lampshades

Francesca Amfitheatrof, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of watches and jewellery, at home in Connecticut
Francesca Amfitheatrof, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of watches and jewellery, at home in Connecticut | Image: Weston Wells

Antonio Sersale, hotelier I regularly buy socks from Gammarelli, an ecclesiastical tailors just behind the Pantheon, including pairs in this incredible, bright purple, the colour of the cardinals’ cassocks. Ditta Annibale Gammarelli, Via di Santa Chiara 34, 00186 (+3906-6880 1314; gammarelli.com).

Lisa Corti stocks colourful homeware that is a perfect mix of luscious colour and elegance
Lisa Corti stocks colourful homeware that is a perfect mix of luscious colour and elegance
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Nigel Coates, architect There’s a little shop in Rome called SBU, where I found a beautiful black rabbit-felt hat by Reinhard Plank. It has this unbelievable property of being able to be completely screwed up and then utterly regaining its shape. No label, no seaming; it is the perfect bare minimum of design. Reinhard Plank, reinhardplank.it. SBU, Via di San Pantaleo 68-69, 00186 (+3906-6880 2547; sbu.it).

The charmingly old-fashioned Schostal
The charmingly old-fashioned Schostal
Italian fashion label Strategic Business Unit’s shop in Rome
Italian fashion label Strategic Business Unit’s shop in Rome

Nicholas Cullinan, director of The National Portrait Gallery I buy most of my ties from Schostal, a charming and old-fashioned shop – it is like something from a bygone era. The ties are simple and come in great colours. From €40; Schostal, Via della Fontanella di Borghese 29, 00186 (+3906-679 1240; schostalroma.com).

Hotelier Antonio Sersale
Hotelier Antonio Sersale | Image: Gaia Cambiaggi
Saddlers Union on Via Frattina sells wonderful leather goods
Saddlers Union on Via Frattina sells wonderful leather goods

Francesca Amfitheatrof, artistic director of watches and jewellery at Louis VuittonI make a beeline for Lisa Corti, where I get all my cushions, place mats, lamps and shades. It’s not easy to find – it’s a tiny little store. Corti has her print fabrics made in India and the shop is a perfect mix of luscious Indian colours with European elegance. Lisa Corti, Via dei Coronari 197, 00186 (+3906-687 1645; lisacorti.com).

Il Goccetto is an excellent wine shop tucked away in Campo de’ Fiori
Il Goccetto is an excellent wine shop tucked away in Campo de’ Fiori
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Pilar Corrias, art dealer Via Frattina has some of my favourite shops: Luisa Venier, an amazing handkerchief store, and Saddlers Union, which has wonderful leather goods, especially for men. Luisa Venier, Via Frattina 80, 00187 (+3906-6979 7741; luisavenier.it). Saddlers Union, Via Margutta 11, 00187 (+3906-3212 0237; saddlersunion.com).

Piero Lissoni, furniture designer In the centre of the city, in and around Campo de’ Fiori, you’ll find the best food stores, such as Salumeria Roscioli; excellent wine shops like Il Goccetto; and Dar Filettaro in Largo dei Librari, which sells the best fried baccalàin the city. Dar Filettaro, Largo dei Librari 88, 00186 (+3906-686 4018). Enoteca Il Goccetto, Via dei Banchi Vecchi 14, 00186 (+3906-686 4268). Salumeria Roscioli, Via dei Giubbonari 21, 00186 (+3906-687 5287; salumeriaroscioli.com).

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