an upscale shopping experience a few steps from via del Corso
This narrow street in the centre of Rome is an open-air museum, home to a multitude of refined artisan shops, art galleries and fashionable restaurants. After the film “Roman Holiday” became popular, it developed into an exclusive neighborhood where various famous people lived, such as film director Federico Fellini, iconic actress Anna Magnani and Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico. Accessible from Via del Babuino in the ancient Campo Marzio neighborhood (better known as the “foreigner’s quarter”), it was originally home to modest craftsmen, workshops and stables.
In the early 20th century, painters Augusto Mussini and Gregorio Maltzeff had their residence here. Other artists who lived near via Margutta were Peter Paul Rubens, Nicolas Poussin, Pier Leone Ghezzi, Pablo Picasso, Pieter van Laer and the van Bloemen brothers. This street also hosted the workshop of Antonio Canova, the Venetian sculptor often regarded as the greatest of the Neoclassical artists. Here are some tips on where to shop and what to buy (suggested by visitors):
GIOVANNI RASPINI: a small treasure-box in the most celebrated artists’ street. A stone throw from Fellini’s house, this refined boutique manifests itself as a surprisingly understated space with playful black and white design oppositions. With an exclusive interior, warmed up by silver creations, and also a cultivated meeting place, partial to quality, beauty and detail which always characterises our Tuscan silversmith.
Indirizzo: via Margutta, 2 – Tel. 06 3210267 | www.giovanniraspini.com
SERRA: this store was started by Mario Serra, who was asked by Mappin & Webb (the most prestigious English name in luxury stores) to open a subsidiary in Rome. With a matchless assortment of chinaware, crystals, furnishing items, creative custom jewelry and silver from the most prestigious makers, Serra provides customers with the best balance between the elegance of classic choices and the colorful and fun style of more contemporary collections.
Indirizzo: via Margutta, 71 – Tel. 06 6796474 | www.serra-roma.it
ANTONACCI LAPICCIRELLA FINE ARTS: resulting from the merger of two historic art galleries that had been in the market for generations, this gallery has become a focal point over the years for enthusiasts and collectors of paintings of the “Grand Tour”, drawings and sculptures by European artists from the late 18th to the mid-19th centuries and it even has an area for hosting exhibitions that are frequently of museum quality.
Indirizzo: via Margutta, 54 – Tel. 06 45433036 | www.antonaccilapiccirellafineart.com
OSTERIA MARGUTTA: a quiet and charming restaurant in the heart of Rome’s historic centre, a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps. Its quality cuisine is well fused with its unique decor, where the theatre’s structural design and the plenitude of memorabilia recall the appearance of great artists of the past and make this location a unique place in Rome. It is a reference point for Romans and an essential stopover for anyone visiting the Eternal City and Via Margutta.
Indirizzo: via Margutta, 82 – Tel. 06 3231025 | www.osteriamargutta.it
IL MARGUTTA VEGETERIAN FOOD & ART: with its superlative gourmet dishes inspired by the great Italian culinary tradition, this sophisticated bistro has become a point of reference for the leading figures in show business, culture, fashion and design. Emblem of Italian vegetarian and vegan cuisine, it promotes a healthy and sustainable food culture, providing an all-round experience which extends to art and entertainment. Not a simple restaurant, but a real cultural spot home to temporary exhibitions by internationally renowned artists and young talents, theatrical events, book presentations, meetings and debates.
Indirizzo: via Margutta, 118 – Tel. 06 32650577 | www.ilmargutta.bio