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« on: April 05, 2006 11:36:40 PM »

Hi,
I'm leaving for Italy this weekend and I'll be hitting Venice, Florence, and Rome.  Does anyone have recommendations for good bead/fabric shops?  Or just any good shops in general.
Thanks  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2006 03:26:53 AM »

Hey I'm in Florence and my favorite shop in Florence is www.agomago.it there are a lot of craft supplies on there, Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2006 07:27:08 AM »

Hi,
I'm leaving for Italy this weekend and I'll be hitting Venice, Florence, and Rome.  Does anyone have recommendations for good bead/fabric shops?  Or just any good shops in general.
Thanks  Smiley

I couldn't find a date, so maybe the original posting is like 500 years old, but what the hey -

I have two reccomendations for cool bead shops in Italy: (one is my own so yes, this is a bit self-serving)

In Rome there is a very uniquely cool and funky bead and glass store that shouldn't be missed. EVERY inch of it is covered in glass. Literally, even the stairs leading to the full basement. The beads themselves were not necessarily what we were looking for, but it is definitely a must-see for glass people.

Unfortunately I don't have the name or address.  Roll Eyes
However, I think I can walk you there:
Start in Piazza Campo dei Fiori, which is universally known in Rome and in all the maps. At one end of the piazza you'll see a big GUINNESS sign over an outdoor seating area. Leave the piazza by walking alongside this bar, which will then be on your left. Head straight down that street, which is the street the bead store is on. About halfway down, 2 or 3 minutes, it will be on your left. It shares a space with a cool Indian tea room which, when closed, is more visible then the bead store. Because many shops close Mondays and lunch hours and God-knows when-else, it may be closed. Keep trying though, because we were just there a few weeks ago and know that it is there.

My second reccomendation is a great bead and jewelry store in Florence. My wife Lily and I have put together what we think is a terrific shop with tons of goodies. She is a long-time bead store owner and jewelry designer. I am a glass bead maker and all around good guy.  Cool
Take a peek at our online store, as well.
http://www.beadedlily.com/
There you will also find the address, hours, a map etc. We're just a stones throw from Ponte Vecchio between Palazzo Pitti & Piazza Santo Spirito.

Come see us!

Sincerely,
Tim

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2007 10:42:05 AM »

oh, I am so going to visit your bead store in Florence when I go this fall!
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2008 11:16:11 AM »

For some good stores for fabrics (and other) in Rome, have a look at the  Rome City Guide on Design*Sponge:

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2008/04/rome-design-guide.html

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