I’ve talked before about the dizzying choices of goods to purchase when you are in Italy. In the heart of the historic center of Rome, it is no different. You will see goods that range from the sublime, to the ridiculously stupid. I know. I’ve bought them both. I don’t know if you have the same sickness I have on vacation, but I have to confess, I feel like I’m on a hunt and I want to Bag Something Fab…so there is no pun intended when I tell you one of the best things to buy in Rome is a handbag. The leather in all of Italy is like nothing I’ve ever seen. My dear Great-Uncle Augusto wears the most beautiful shoes I have ever seen. They are so beautiful and elegant. I know they are soft. I stop myself at throwing myself on the floor to rub my face on them, so I’m making an assumption here, but you can tell….
I’m pausing here for a moment to reminisce about those shoes……..
OK. Back to shopping in Rome. As I’ve said, it offers as many choices as there are cobblestones. You could always decide to choose something cheesy (which let’s face it, they’re funny to buy, especially that gross apron of “The David”) or buy your self “Un Tipico Romano Regalo. ” Leather. Handbags.
At Via Della Stelletta 33, you will find the most beautiful leather goods in Rome. I am speaking of, none other than the world famous Sirni Pelletteria. This beautiful little shop has been family owned and operated for over 50 years. The current proprietors, Andrea and Rita, are a brother and sister duo who have inherited the gift of creating gorgeous handbags from their father.
The inside of the shop is as sleek and beautiful as the bags. Each piece is seated much like a monarch on a throne. They just know they’re special. Rita works the front of the store, managing the customers and the vast choices of bags. She is an artist in every sense of the word, beautiful inside and out. She welcomes people from all over the world. Movie stars, celebrities and locals alike, recognize these bags for the treasures that they are. Andrea is a genius sculptor. His medium is leather and he painstakingly coaxes these pieces of leather into a spectacular monument. Like I’ve written about before, when you are shopping in Rome, the store vendors wish to serve you. Rita magically conjures any color or style bag you can imagine. They also make custom designs. People return to them year after year to custom order pieces like nothing else in Europe, or the world, for that matter.