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My City: Rome with Elif Sallorenzo

Elif Sallorenzo, founder of Rome’s Artisanal Cornucopia boutique, shares her guide to the Eternal City.

On a quiet street near Piazza del Popolo, Artisanal Cornucopia sells what Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley calls an “abundance” of high-quality crafts from across the world. The boutique’s peripatetic founder, Elif Sallorenzo, is half Turkish, half American, and married to an Italian. After showcasing her curated collections at trunk shows in her SoHo, New York loft, she moved to Rome and opened the Via dell’Oca concept store in 2015.

Here, she shares her guide to the Eternal City.


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Mornings in Rome

I walk my dog through Villa Borghese towards Piazza del Popolo and have coffee at Rosati. I also like Café Eustachio for breakfast and coffee.

Lunch Spots

I often go to Le Galline, as it’s not far from the store. Now, so many new restaurants have opened, but I take friends from out of town to Meo Patacca in Trastevere. For romantic lunches, I always change the restaurant to try a new one. Six Senses has a rooftop bar with breathtaking views. There’s also excellent sushi at Kohaku.

Museum Musts

The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GNAM), but I recommend the Doria Pamphilj Gallery on Via del Corso for first timers to Rome.

Where to Walk

If you’ve never been to Rome, just walk around and take it all in. If you’ve been before, go to neighborhoods you haven’t yet seen. I like to walk through Villa Borghese and Villa Pamphilij parks, and the neighborhoods Trastevere or Gianicolo.

For Special Gifts

I like to find vintage and antique finds. I often bid on items at a small auction house called DAMS.

Food Shops

Any neighborhood old-school mom-and-pop store (the disappearing kind).

Favorite Hotel

Hotel Locarno is still a favorite, but so many new hotels have opened, like Bulgari and Six Senses), and I’m waiting for Nobu.

Countryside Escapes

Drive out of Rome towards Monte Porzio Catone or Castel Gandolfo. If you’re headed towards Monte Porzio Catone, eat at Poggio le Volpi.

Favorite Movie Set in Rome

Roman Holiday, with Audrey Hepburn. Always.

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