Monday, December 20, 2010
If you’re like me, you’re just now realizing there are still gaping holes in your Christmas gift list. And if you’re like me, you have no idea where to go and what to buy. Plus, you have no time really, since Christmas is - OMG! - this week.
My gift to you? A new store in Rome where I promise you will be able to find things for just about everyone. If you are in Rome now, it’s handy for Christmas. If you’re coming here for a trip in the future, even better for foodie gifts to take home.
Podere Vecciano opened last week on Via dei Serpenti. This is the Roman outpost of their farm in Tuscany, just outside of Chianciano, where the family produces olive oil and wine. The store here in Rome offers much more. Sort of a Tuscan ‘greatest hits.’
Olive oil, of course, and lots of delicious jams and honeys. But also things I’ve never seen before, like fig balsamic which I bought for...oops! Can’t say, she’s probably reading this.
A large collection of hand-carved olive wood pieces and delicately colored woven dish towels. Make sure you get to the very back room, where they store their small, but interesting collection of Tuscan wines as well as a pretty big selection of glasses, carafes and other wine stuff.
I did the most damage in the beauty section. I love olive oil in cosmetics, and they had not only hand cream, but also face creams and even after shave (for you know who).
How can you not love a store with a live olive tree in the middle?
Via dei Serpenti 33