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La Bottega del Marmoraro, Rome

53B Via Margutta
Spanish Steps
Italy 00187
Tel: 39 06 320 7660's insider take:

It's not difficult to imagine Enrico Fiorentini draped in a toga and chipping bits off marble blocks for proud consuls and exotically perfumed Roman matrons. This welcoming, raucous marble-working shop personifies the Roman craftsman—today and 2,000 years ago—and this tiny spot on an ivy-draped street, otherwise populated by chic galleries, is quite timeless. Fiorentini will make you a "classical" statue or (far easier to carry) lapidary inscription to order.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 8:30 am to 7:30 pm.

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