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Ditta G. Poggi, Rome

74–75 Via del Gesù
Italy 00186
Tel: 39 06 678 4477's insider take:

Even if you're not planning to set up your easel in the Forum or sketch copies of Roman statues in the Capitoline Museums, you'll be fascinated by the wealth of materials available at this shop, which has been meeting artists' needs since 1825. Besides a vast range of pens, pencils, and paints, there are natural pigments of the kind Leonardo might have used, burins for engravers, and handmade papers of all weights and hues.

Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm and 4 to 7:30 pm, Thursdays 9 am to 7:30 pm.

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