Great Pen Stores - Rome, Italy
A leading pen store available to all through the Novelli website (www.novelli.it) and for on-site sales in Rome.
There is so much to see in Rome. For a pen enthusiast, Novelli Pen is at the top of the list.
Novelli is a great pen store that carries both regular and limited edition pens from all the major brands. The store has a solid reputation. I have been visiting the store since 1997 and I can speak highly of the quality of sales and after sales service. Others have also provided solid reviews on their Novelli experience. In addition to sales at his store, Novelli has a considerable international business through the store's web site.
Don't worry if you do not speak Italian. Marco and staff can help you. Walk around the store and see the selection of pens in the cases. If you do not see what you want, just ask. Trays of pens will come out of the back room.
While viewing and selecting pens on the Novelli website is convient, if you have the chance to visit the store, do so., The show cases along the wall display the major lines of pens. What I have always appreciated about Novelli's stock is not only the breadth of brands, but the range of nib widths the store stocks.
The Pen Selection Experience
My typical Novelli experience? I look at the pens in the window displasy and each of the showcases in the store. Marco accompanies me with a try. As I show interest in a pen, it is placed in the tray. Then we head over to the counter for a fuller discussion on each of the pens. If the pen on display did not have the nib I wanted, a look in the backroom typically brings a pen fitted with the nib I wanted. Then out comes a bottle of ink, the pens are dipped and I try each to see how it fits in my hand, and the nib performance. Sometimes the pen I thought I would select was not right in my hand. Other times a pen that I was only mildly interested in turns our to be an incredible pen once it is my hand. The process of elimination is painful. Typically I leave with more than one pen, and even getting it down to that is a difficult process. Lunch with wine to is usually needed to recover!
Many of my Novelli pens that I have acquired over the years are part of my Pens of Note.
How did I find Novelli? Well it all started 1997, Marco's father father, Augusto Parascenzo, wrote asking if I would visit his store. He said he would take my wife Karen and myself to lunch. A gracious offer. We met with Augusto, had a great discussion and also a good lunch. I remember Marco being in the store, working in the upstairs office. Augusto showed the extensive selection of pens. In the end I selected the Waterman Man 100 Etoile, a limited edition pen in sterling silver. This is a pen I still cherish to this day. We also met his wife, Giusy. She was trained by pen companies on the repair of pens. At the store she assists with adjustments to pen nibs.
When Augusto passed away, Marco and his sister Sabrina continued to operated Novelli Pen & Pipe. I visited the store annually. Karen and I have a great visit with Marco, Sabrina and staff member Mikki and Giusy on the days she is in the store.
When travelling on holidays, one of the challenge is to find a particular pen store. Novelli is centrally located. Located not far the Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II, and between the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. The store is located on a small street, via di San Marcello, that runs parallel to Via del Corso.
For fun, on a previous trip to Rome, I shot a video of my walk from via delle Muratte, through the Galleria Sciarra, on the way to the store. Video on tumblr.
From Via del Corso, which runs up from the Monument Vittorio Emanuelle II, the store is located about three blocks up. Turn right on the small street (very small), Via Dell 'Umilta; first block in turn right again you are on via di San Marcello.
- From the Trevi Fountain, on your way to walk towards the Pantheon or Piazza Navona. Leave the Trevi fountain on via delle Muratte, a pedestrian only street. You will see the brown sign to point the way to the Piazza Navona or Pantheon. At the second left, turn on the Via di Santa Maria. Pass through the beautiful Galleria Sciarra, and then arrive at via San Marcello.
By the way, when in Rome, enjoy a great coffee. Bar San Marcello is just across the street from Novelli at via di San Marcello, 38 - they are only open in the mornings and until 3:30 pm and I regularly have an expresso at the bar.
Below is a live link to Google Map that will allow you to expand and explore the area. Click on the "Peg Guy" and you can see actual video of the street and can walk it from your computer!
Marco and Sabrina - Novelli Pen
A Store with a Long History
This is a pen store in Rome with a long history. Corsani has been selling pens in Rome since 1924. My first visit to the store was in June 2000.
When we stayed in Rome on our 2017 visit our apartment was very close to Corsani. I would just pop down them if I needed some ink, a convertor and of course to visit. This is one of my "great pen stores" because of the selection pens and ink, the service and also their history.
Over the years and visits with Stefano I have gotten to know more about the store. He has a wealth of knowledge about pens so do get any chance you have to drop by the store and visit. His grandfather started the store back in 1924 and it has been family-run ever since. While it first began as a book and stationery store, following World War II, Mario De Leo, the son of the founder, dedicated the store to selling pens.
The store is located on Via Ottaviano, not far from St. Peter's Square. You can walk, or take Metro Linea A, Ottaviano-S. Pietro station. The store is open Mondays from 10:00 to 7:30, and Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 to 7:30. Say hi to Stephano.
The store carries a good selection of all pen lines as well as limited editions and a good selection of inks.
I am an honoured owner of one of Corsani's Limited Editions. In 2016 I acquired the Visconti Corsani, a pen Stefano commissioned Visconti in 2014 to create to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the store. More information on that pen is found under my Pens Of Note. It is a beautiful celluloid pen using the black and grey/white streaks celluloid used in Visconti's Wall Street Series.
In 2017, Stefano created another pen, the Corsani Octa90nal. This pen also uses the same celluloid at the previous Corsani 90th anniversary pen, but the body has eight sides so the pen has a different feel. Just as beautiful. Stefano describes this pen as in to the previous Corsani 90 that was issued in 2014 to celegrate the 90th anniversary of the store. There was the customer demand to create another pen. The production of the Corsani Octa90nal had a limited production of 100 pieces to use the lasdt remaining celluloid.
Via egli Orfani, 82
This is probably the oldest pen shop in Italy, having been established in 1893. It has been owned and operated by the Fetti family since then.
On my September 2001 visit to Rome I went to the store. Great place! Located just off the Pantheon on the walk towards the Spanish Steps (take north east street leaving the Pantheon. On my 2010 visit to Rome I wanted to visit the store again, but it was a Monday and the store was closed. I dropped by again in 2012 and had a chance to meet the five generations of the family that run the business!
You walk into the store and there are two large pen cases/counters... along the ways just about every inch has pens. There were two great large ink wells on the counters that I offered to buy! No luck! In the back room is a full selection of Mont Blanc pens as well as a range of brief cases and other desk accessories.
On my visits I have found the staff to only speak Italian.