With its picturesque views, that unique bohemian ambience and the irreplaceable ingredients of its charm, Trastevere is undoubtedly one of Rome’s most beloved neighborhoods.
I used to spend a lot of time in Trastevere and I still keep going there often, but now I try to avoid the most touristy and crowded spots: I’d rather head towards its most isolated corners, to walk along its tortuous, stone-paved alleys flanked by pastel-tinted low houses.
In one of these secondary, shady streets – not far from Regina Coeli prison building – I suggest you don’t miss visiting Cereria Di Giorgio, a very peculiar shop where a one-hundred-year-old candle factory sell its products.
I’ve read somewhere that even if you light a candle in any of Rome’s churches – including St Peter’s – it is highly likely that it was made by this company: nothing strange if you consider that Cereria Di Giorgio has been operating since 1908!
With its headquarters in Pomezia, just outside of Rome, this is still a family run business, but very few liturgical candles are now left in their shop, mostly replaced by a wide range of wax items: all their goods are – of course – artisanal and some of them, more pricey, are entirely hand-made.
I have a real passion for Cereria Di Giorgio and usually go there when, for an upcoming celebration or anniversary, I’m looking for that special, original gift that will help me make a good impression!
Get there through via della Scala, just behind Santa Maria in Trastevere.