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Rome Shopping: FLORISTS
The astonishing flower arrangements that grace the lobby of Rome's chic Hotel de Russie and the Valentino and Fendi boutiques are the work of a talented pair of young Swiss designers, Franz and Monika Steiner. Inspired by the vegetables, blooms and herbs that grow side by side in Italian country gardens, the Steiners’ creations mix unlikely elements, such as sturdy branches with delicate blossoms.
Via dei Bergamaschi, 59 tel 06 87 5449
Pastor and Tjader
A good source for inventive bouquets and arrangements (think white lilies wrapped in strands of green mohair).
Via della Madonna dei Monti, 62/a tel. 06 478 22232 (Monti)
Nuovo Concepto Floreal – A New Floral Concept
Stefano Carletti has taken the common street corner flower hut and turned it into a floral boutique. Simpatico, disponibile, knowledgeable, with a fresh approach to floral arranging, Carletti uses his technical expertise to bring out the natural elegance of the flower, following the current trend for unusual combinations (birds of paradise with calla lillies, apples with daisies). He specializes in arrangements for all occasions.
Via dei Greci, 48 tel 06 4544 3923 (near Piazza del Popolo)
When you’re looking for something a little more special than the bloom in season, this is the place to find orchids and tropical flowers along with the long stemmed roses. Don’t be surprised if you run into a familiar face. The florist is popular with some of Italy’s hall of fame names.
Via Tomacelli, 20 tel. 06.687 6145
Mercato dei Fiori
Rome's wholesale flower market is open to the public on Tuesday mornings, selling cut flowers and plants.
Largo Trionfale (Prati)
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In Rome Now Travel Guide: Shopping in Rome, Italy