- Address Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 73, Centro Storico
- Phone tel: 06 689 23 26 (info)
- Keyword art/craft
Hidden away in a run-of-the-mill palazzo (palace), Bassetti Tessuti is a sprawling, technicolour temple to textiles. From fine Italian wools and silks, to cheetah-print faux fur, a jaw-dropping 200,000 fabrics line its endless sea of soaring, cracked rooms. Brothers Emidio and Lorenzo Bassetti set up shop in 1954, serving everyone from couture royalty to needle-savvy homemakers.
It's a fabulously atmospheric place, caught in a retro time warp of linoleum floors and wizened old men pushing cart after cart of rare and luscious threads.
John snapped these photos for me as I was too busy being a tourist in the store. You can click on the photos to enlarge them - Enjoy.