Fabric stores in Italy – Negozi di Stoffa in Italia

On this page I will try to list fabric stores in main Italian cities. Perhaps you could buy some Italian fabric as souvenir of your trip.
Italy is the country of fashion fabric. Generally you won’t find much quilting cotton as in the US or in the UK, but you will have plenty of wool, shirting cotton, suitings and more.
I also have a specific page dedicated to online stores in Europe

In questa pagina troverete una lista di negozi di tessuti nelle principali città italiane e dei negozi di stoffa online.

Store opening hours

Stores in Italy generally open at 9.30 or 10 a.m and close at 7 or 7.30 p.m.
They generally close at lunch time between 12 and 3.30 pm . It is only in the city center that stores don´t break for lunch and generally it wouldn´t apply to fabric stores.
Some stores may be closed on Monday mornings or Saturdays afternoons.
Stores may be closed during the summer around August 15th (it´s a holiday in Italy)
The above is indicative as hours may vary from town to town.

Se cercate solo negozi che vendono online date un’occhiata alla mia lista di Negozi di stoffa online in Europa

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City
Città
Name
Nome
Description
Descrizione
Address
Indirizzo
Website
Map
Alessandria Barbera Tessuti Fabric Store / bargain remnants (Scampoli in Italian) Via Pontida, 7
Ph: 0131 232427
/ 0131 254635
Bergamo Albini High-Quality Shirtings via Partigiani
Albino – Bergamo
Bologna Mercatino dello scampolo Fabric Store, Renmants
Negozio di stoffe, scampoli
Via Gandusio 35 Visit Website
Bologna Cucilandia Quilting & Home Dec Fabric, sewing machines, notions, Simplicity patterns, Big Shot, Scan & cut
Stoffa Patchwork, macchine da cucire, merceria, cartamodelli Simplicity, Big Shot, Scan & Cut –
Via Carlo Jussi 71 – 40068 San Lazzaro di Savena (BO) Website & Online shot
Negozio fisico e Online
Catania Tessuti Vinciguerra Via Manzoni 48
Cosenza Cucishop
Florence Casa dei Tessuti Fabric Store Via de’ Pecori 20-24r
Florence Bacci Tessuti Via dell’Ariento 32/r
Florence Passamaneria Toscana Fabric, Trims, Notions
Stoffe e Passamanerie
Piazza di SAN Lorenzo, 12/R
Florence Gori Tessuti Fabric Warehouse Via Vittorio Emanuele, 9
50041 Calenzano
Visit Website
Palermo Penelope tessuti
Pesaro Urbino Tessuti Cocci Fabric Store, Renmants
Negozio di stoffe, scampoli
Via Umberto I 42/A
61034 Fossombrone (PU)
Website
Rome Fratelli Bassetti Tessuti Fabric Store
Negozio di stoffe
C.so Vittorio Emanuele II, n. 73 Visit website
View Map
Rome Azienda romana tessile Fabric Store
Negozio di stoffe
Via San Nicola de’ Cesarini, 13 (Largo Argentina) Visit website
Rome Fatucci Tessuti Fabric Store
Negozio di stoffe
Via dei Falegnami 63 You can find a review and photo on The Selfish Seamstress
Rome Valli Fabric Store
Negozio di stoffe
Via Del Tritone 126 Visit website
View Map
Rome La Casa Del Tessuto Fabric Store
Negozio di stoffe
Via Dello Statuto n. 64/66 Visit website
View Map
Rome Alfis Haberdashery – Notions stores (Merceria in Italian) Largo Ginnasi 6 Visit website
View Map
Rome Pancaldi Fabric Store
Negozio di stoffe
Largo Argentina
Rome Paganini Fabric Store
Additional fabric stores can be found around via delle Botteghe Oscure
Negozio di stoffe ne trovate altri in via delle Botteghe Oscure
Via Aracoeli 21-23 / Via Botteghe Oscure 50-53 Visit website
View Map
Rome Diffusione Tessile 97 Fabric store
Negozio di stoffe
Via Mattia Battistini 175
Closest subway stop:
Metro A Battistini
Walking directions from Battistini station
Rome Diffusione Tessile 97 Fabric Store
Negozio di stoffe
Via Tiburtina, 1091 View Map
Rome La Fonte del Risparmio Store with Fabric department low prices
Negozio con settore Tessuti a prezzi convenienti
Via Monte San Savino, 10 zona Fidene
Roma
Map/Mappa
Rome Emporio dei Tessuti Fabric Store
You can also order online and get it shipped
Negozio di stoffe
Anche online
Via Emilio Cecchi, 53 Visit Facebook page
Manfredonia Arte e Moda Tessuti Fabric Store Via Gargano 3
Milan New Tess Outlet Fabric store selling fabrics from Clerici Tessuto.
Specializes in Bridal fabrics
L’outlet di Clerici Tessuto.
Specializzato in tessuti da sposa
Viale Certosa, 23 Facebook page
Milan Asnaghi Tessuti Wool, Linen, Silk, Lace and Cotton fabrics for apparel and home furnishings
Lane, lini, sete, pizzi e cotoni per abbigliamento e arredamento
Via Della Moscova 68 Website
Milan Tessuti e Scampoli Wide selection of bargain remnants (Scampoli in Italian) and regular fabric (Tessuti in Italian) Via Lario, 14
Closest Subway/Metro stop: Zara
Visit website
Milan Tessuti Raponi Fabric Store, remnants and haberdashery/notions
Negozio di stoffe, scampoli e merceria
Piazza Monte Titano 7
Milan
Closest Subway/Metro stop: Lambrate
Visit Website
Map
Milan Il Vecchio Drappiere Fabric store specializing in vintage and men apparel fabric. Via Meravigli 16 Visit Website

 

Milan Valli Tessuti Couture Fabric Store. Higher end prices
Tessuti Alta Moda
Vicolo Giardino 1
(close to Via Manzoni 17 e 19)
Visit website
Milan Emmepi Tessuti Fabric Store
Stock Fabric
Negozio di stoffe e stock
Antonio Dugnani, 4
Closest Subway/Metro stop: Sant’Agostino
Visit website
Milan Gandini Tessuti Alta Moda Haute couture (Alta Moda in Italian) fabric at haute coutre prices.
Tessuti Alta Moda
VIA GESU’, 21
Telephone 0039 02 760.086.41
Fax 0039 02 760.213.25
E-mail gandini@gandinitessuti.it
Visit Website
Map
Milan Tintunita Wholesale, Stock Fabric
Ingrosso
Via Gardone 11 English
Italiano
Milan Fonte della Moda Via Melzo (entrance from via Malpighi) View Map
Mediglia (Milan) & Rivolta d’Adda (Cremona) Paolo Scampoli Apparel and furnishing fabrics
Also online store
Tessuti Abbigliamento e arredamento
Anche negozio online
Via Oriani 1
Medaglia (MI)
Via di Vittorio 5
Rivolta d’Adda (Cremona)
Map/Mappa
Naples Piazza Mercato Market Markets are possibly the best way to buy fabric in Naples.
Mercato
Piazza Mercato Some info on markets is available at Napoli da vivere (in Italian)
Naples Mercatino di Antignano Market stalls
Mercato
Located near piazza Medaglie d’Oro in Vomero area Some info on markets is available at Napoli da vivere (in Italian)
Naples Esposito Shirtings
Tessuti per camicie
Via Renovella, 16 –
(not far from the train station)
Visit Facebook Page
Naples Cucishop
Padua Supermercato del Tessuto Fabric Store
Negozio di stoffe
Via Galliano 17
Padova
Visit Website
Palermo Mercato Piazza Marina Market Market stalls selling linen on Saturdays and Sunday mornings. Piazza Marina
Salerno CM Tessuti Market stall
Mercato
Stadio Vestuti market
Piazza Casalbore
Salerno Tessuti Gerardo Carpinelli Fabric Store
Negozio di stoffe
Via Piave Market
Salerno Cucitomania They mostly stock quilting cottons, generally imported from the US. Via Federico Wenner 83, Zona Ind/le di Fratte Visit Website
Salerno Linea Italiana Fabric Store
Negozio di stoffe
Via del Carmine 100
Ph. 0039 089 233372
Map
Sorrento Catapano Antonio Fabric Store
Negozio di stoffe
Corso Italia, 263 Map
Turin Antonietta Tessuti Fabric Store
Online Store
Negozio di stoffe anche online
v. Pianezza, 44
tel: 011 752244
mobile: +39 3347559201email: info@antoniettatessuti.com
Visit Website
Map
Venice G. Benevento Fabric and Notions Via Strada Nova 3991/3945
Online Pincot Online Fabric Store – mainly quilting cottons
Tessuti patchwork
Online Supercut Online Fabric and Notions Store
Tessuti e merceria
Online Tessuti Online – Pronto Moda Tessuti Online Fabric and Notions Store – Order minimum 30 Euros
Tessuti e merceria – Ordine minimo 30 euro
Online Tessuti Online Fabric and Notions Store
Tessuti e merceria
Online La Fab Tessuti Online Fabric and Notions Store
Tessuti e merceria
Online Roberta De Marchi Online Fabric Store – mainly quilting and crochet supplies, notions and some books
Tessuti e forniture patchwork e uncinetto, merceria e libri
Online Tessuti Zanderino Online Fabric and Notions Store
Tessuti e merceria
Online Pinotti Online Fabric and Notions Store – Wide selection of couture supplies
Minimum order : Euro 29,00 excluding VAT and shipping.
Prices exclude VAT (23%).
Tessuti e merceria – ampia selezione prodotti sartoria.
Prezzi IVA esclusa.
Ordine minimo 29 Euro IVA e trasporto esclusi.
Via D. Scarlatti 9
Milano
Directions
Online Tessuti Store Online Fabric and Notions Store – Wide selection of couture supplies
Tessuti e merceria – ampia selezione prodotti sartoria.
Online Stiltex Group Online Apparel Fabric store
Tessuti abbigliamento
Online Twiggify Custom Fabric Printing
Tessuti stampati on demand Made in Italy
Online Custom Fabric Printing
Tessuti stampati on demand Made in Italy
Various Locations Filomania Fabric Store – mainly quilting and crochet supplies, notions and some books. Both brick&mortar and online store.
Tessuti e accessori patchwork e uncinetto, merceria e libri.
Sia negozio che online.
Visit online store
Various Locations Giesse Scampoli Fabric and Notions Store
Both brick&mortar and online store
Tessuti e merceria
Sia negozio che online
Visit online store
Wholesale Essebitex Wholesale/B2B Website
Wholesale Tessile Garment fabric
Prints
Website
Wholesale Texingro Garment fabric Website

79 thoughts on “Fabric stores in Italy – Negozi di Stoffa in Italia

  1. Hi
    I’m looking to purchase some wool crepe pale pink fabric suitable for an elegant dress.

    Can you please advise if you have any wool crepe fabrics.

    Kind regards

    Leanne

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  2. Ciao! Brilliant page. I went round all the Largo Argentina fabric stores last weekend but the fabrics there are just soooo expensive. I popped into Casa del Tessuto on Monday and made some bargain buys (mainly because I bought out of season, not yet priced articles). Will try the own you mention by Battistini, which is quite close to where I live. TWO floors of fabric?? I can’t wait!
    Thanks for the tip 🙂

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    1. The lower floor is full of home dec fabric. Best bargains are on the racks. But you can also find decently priced lycra and dancewear fabric. Bridal wear is quite expensive. I saw a good selection of crepe.

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    1. I found this store that sells leather in Rome
      http://www.amiciperlapelleshop.net/vendita-pellami-e-affini/pellami.html

      Then I found several online stores selling leather in Italy
      http://www.leatherfor.us/en
      http://www.lavorazioneincuoio.it/Categoria/Cuoio%20e%20pelle.aspx
      http://www.tessuti.com/pelle.html?restrictions=materialHigh.15%3B&lastRestrictionCode=materialHigh.15
      http://www.manufattincuoio.com/venditacuoiovacchetta.htm

      I don’t know any of these stores personally so I can’t really say much.
      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

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  3. Hi Silvia
    I am interested in buying braids and ribbons while in Milano , can you please suggest some city centre shops?
    Many thanks in anticipation

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  4. Hii..If you can help me..I want to get fabric for dress like elli saab dress ..can I found in rome the same fabric ?

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  5. Hi Silvia,
    I am going to Venice and Rome, I am looking for some 100% cotton to make a quilt. Can you suggest some stores.
    Thank you.

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  6. dear silvia, where i can find in milan stores with fabrics from international designer?
    thanks an kindly regard margit

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  7. I have a retail haute couture fabric store founded since 1922 for ladies. I am very interested in buying close out beaded tulles, laces, guipiures, embroidered textiles with flowers, stones, feathers… like the textiles used by famous designers like Elie Saab, Zuhair Muraad, Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbana, in more or less 7 meter lenghth pieces. I know of people who have obtained them in warehouses in Como.
    I could send photos of items that I would like to obtain. They would have to be close outs to obtain reasonable and competitive prices.
    I appreciate your time and attentions towards the matter.
    Sincerly,
    Janinna

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      1. thank you for your reply; is there any chance i can get samples of what you sell i live in Guatemala central America. the store has a DHL account i can send you the number so I can get to know your fabrics. please let me know if its possible or if you have a showroom in New York. I can fly there but first I need to see your textiles thank for your time. I will be waiting news from you.
        Janinna Canessa

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      2. Hi Janinna. I live in Poland (Europe). I am looking for someone who lives in Guatemala because I would like to imort some fabrics from Guatemala. If you could help me to find some producers please contact me. Thanks a lot.
        Ela

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  8. Dear Silvia,
    thank you that you shared with this information.
    As I’m living quite far from Europe, I want to clarify regarding the shops that you had identified above. Are these shops sells for retail? Do every shop sells with different high fashion designers fabrics or one of these specializing on cotton only, for example? I think you understand me that I’m looking for very exclusive, trendy and interesting fabrics (such as Prada, Valentino, Dolce, Chanel, etc). I’m just trying to understand should I go to Como o to Milano too. What their usual price range for such fabrics per yard (let’s say 50-100 or 100-150)?

    I will much appreciate for your reply.

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    1. Dear Assel,
      the shop sell to retail customers. They sell any type of fashion fabric, not just cotton. In Milano you may find some, but again if you are looking for higher volumes you may need to find a different channel. Have a look at this http://vallitessuti.com/?lang=en Tessuti Alta Moda is what you are looking for in Italian. I would expect prices to be over 50 euros per meter (slightly more than a yard)

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  9. Dear Silvia,

    Thank you for a great article! I wonder, perhaps you have some information on which stores have PVC/Vinyl fabric, in Milan?

    Thank you in advance!

    Kind regards,

    Sasha

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  10. Hi, I wondered if you know of any fabric shops in Sorrento, Salerno or possibly Napoli? I am going to Sorrento for my honeymoon in a few weeks and would love to bring back a fabric souvenir….
    thanks
    liz

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    1. Congratulations Liz! I really hope you will like the region. It’s gorgeous.
      The best place to buy garment fabric is street markets, it seems.
      Markets in Italy are generally a really nice experience. I did a bit of searching for you and found this.
      In Naples you could try Piazza Mercato market or Mercatino di antignano near piazza Medaglie d’Oro in Vomero area. Some info on this page http://www.napolidavivere.it/2010/12/06/migliori-10-mercatini-napoli/ There’s also Esposito for shirtings but it’s closed until Sept. 1 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luciano-Esposito-Tessuti-per-camiceria-Since-1945/641086405924518 It’s not far from the train station. Foodwise (sorry I can’t help it!) If you go to Naples try sfogliatelle from Scaturchio http://www.scaturchio.it/, Pizza and hazelnut coffee at Caffe’ del Professore…espresso coffee in general is great! http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187785-d1896063-Reviews-Caffe_Del_Professore-Naples_Province_of_Naples_Campania.html

      In Salerno you can try Stadio Vestuti market or Cucitomania Via Federico Wenner 83, Zona Ind/le di Fratte http://www.cucitomania.it/ though they mostly have quilting cottons and such which are generally imported from the US.

      In Sorrento you could try Catapano Antonio Corso Italia, 263
      Hope it helps

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      1. Liz,
        I have some additional info for Salerno
        On Via Piave Market you can find Tessuti Gerardo Carpinelli, on Via Carmine Linea Italiana and on Piazza Casalbore (close to Vestuti Stadium) you can find CM Tessuti.
        Have fun!

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  11. Hi Sewing Princesses,
    I’ll be going to Milan in oktober to find fabrics I can use for my Newbornphotography. I’m looking for some high quality knitted fabrics in natural or soft colors and some high quality faux fur’s. What stores would you suggest?
    Thans so mutch!
    Marieke

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    1. In addition to try at the stores listed on my page you could try the following online stores http://www.tessutionline.eu/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=123&Itemid=42
      and
      http://www.tessutionline.eu/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=217&Itemid=42

      This store is not in Milan but if you have a car is about 2 hours away and they have gorgeous woolens.
      http://www.baruffa.com/
      It’s the same place where Loro Piana Outlet is.

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  12. hI, MY SISTER IS IN iTALY NOW ON VISIT and I asked her to buy 2 Sewing Patterns:

    1. Sewing Pattern for Men’s Jeans sizes 29-38 and

    2. Sewing Pattern for children’s jeans 3-12 years old sizes.

    It should be a pattern for STRAIGHT REGULAR FIT,

    If NONE, Classic Regular Fit will be ok.

    ***ALL SIZES MUST BE IN ONE PATTERN

    SHE IS IN FLORENCE RIGHT NOW AND OCT 4 IN ROME
    KINDLY REPLY SOON..THANKS MUCH.

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    1. Jocelyn,
      I’ll include here the same info I gave on facebook in case others need similar info.
      Have a look the current La mia boutique there are some nice patterns for children. The only other patterns you can easily find in Italy are Burda, but you can also get them online. You can get the magazine at the news stand (giornalaio in Italian) hope this helps

      Try this store in Florence GIESSE SCAMPOLI
      VIA BACCIO DA MONTELUPO 179
      50142 FIRENZE
      Tel 0554650083
      Or this in Rome
      ALFIS SRL
      LARGO GINNASI 6
      00186 ROMA
      Tel 0668801970
      BRANCIFORTE FILIPPO &C SNC
      PIAZZA PAGANICA 12
      00186 ROMA
      Tel 066865271

      They sell burda patterns. Normally they should have a catalogue and she can look through that
      I got the info from this website http://www.cartamodelliburda.it/negozi-cartamodelli-burda.html/

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  13. I am looking for a fabric either polyester or wool blend that is color ‘Roman Purple’ that is used to make roman bishop cassask robes. There is a shop in chicago ‘House of Hansen’ that uses the fabric. I have search high and low for this color and can not find it. I believe they order from overseas. Can you help.

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  14. I’m looking for a men shirting 100%cotton fabric. Good quality. I need 2-20m per pattern. I’m going to visit some shops in Italy but i don’t know where i shoul go yet. Coul you chelp me and pu some adresses or tell me which town I shoul visit? Thanks fo help 😉

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    1. Hi Anna, most stores carry a selection of men shirting. If you go to Naples you may want to look at Esposito which is not far from the train station (see link above on the page).
      If you go to Bergamo, try Albini. It’s more upmarket http://www.albinigroup.com/it/punto-vendita (the page is in Italian but the address is at the bottom). The online store Supercut, also carries some nice fabrics http://supercut.it/en/ and you could arrange delivery.

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  15. Hello. Thanks for this lovely blog. I am looking for wholesale fabrics – I would like to buy a lot for a new store collection. I would like to buy overstocks that are very high quality. Please let me know where in Italy I should go?

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  16. Dear Silvia
    Wow! Thank you for this post. I have been looking online for ages for a place that I could purchase material. Every place I have been to between Borgotaro and Parma ONLY do housewares; material to make curtains, cushion covers, table cloths but not only that they didn’t even do proper material to make dresses. I, however, am after material to make toys. Fabric like fleece or minky (also called cuddle soft) and I am having to purchase from ebay.co.uk because no one in my town can even tell me what these fabrics are called in Italian.
    Could you help? Do you possibly know of a shop nearby? Or know what (anti-pill polar) fleece is called over here? Coz that would be great.
    I started a business making toys (eventually I would also like to make 1950-60 swing and wiggle dresses) and getting replacement material to continue making them or start making anything else has been difficult and eventually expensive because of having to order from the UK.
    Any advice or tips would be amazing.
    Best wishes and thanks again for the fab post.
    Kat

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    1. Hi Kat! You´re welcome. I actually need to update the page with online store links. Fleece in Italian is ´pile´…I know…doesn’t sound Italian at all. As for Minky…I don´t know myself. I’ve actually never seen it in a store before. I will be visiting some stores soon and could try and ask. In the meantime, you could try and contact http://www.emmepitessuti.com/ They say they could do stock orders or could cater for specific ´large orders´ needs. In terms of prices, it very much depends…sometimes I find it cheaper to order from the UK or Germany. Hope this is useful for you.

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  17. Dear Silva,
    Thank you for this very helpful post! I am looking for some french lace for my wedding dress and i will be visiting Milan and Florence soon. Can you please suggest which of the stores have a wide selection of french lace, in white, gold and nude colors if possible. Many thanks!

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  18. Hi Sewing Princess,
    I am going to Italy in 4 weeks and I wish to purchase French lace hand beaded fabric. The kind you would use for a wedding dress. Which of the fabric stores that you have suggested would be best to go to? I am going to Sorrento, Rome & Florence.
    I would greatly appreciate your prompt response. 🙂

    Thank you so much.

    Elena

    email address: elena_antoniou_21@hotmail.com

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  19. Hi Silvia!

    Thanks a lot for your post, it will be very helpful in our trip in august.
    I’m a young fashion designer,and i’m looking for fashion fabrics, like jacquard, lace, silk, neoprene, cashmere in affordable prices . Maybe you could advise me some special stores with a big choice?? Or wholesale stocks? I’m waiting forward to your reply!

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  20. This is brilliant and possibly horrendously damaging to my bank account 🙂

    Thanks so much. Have ordered by email from Valli Milan before and they were fab.

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  21. Hi Silvia

    Thank you for a great page.

    Although fabrics shopping in Sicily is not included in this page, perhaps you know or you can point me in the right direction in my search for fabrics remnants which are sold at the markets.
    Several years ago I found some great fabrics at the market in Florence, I am hoping that I can also find something in Sicily. I will be in Trapani, Palermo, Taormina and Catania.
    I found some markets in Palermo but I do not know which one of tchem sells fabrics.

    Best regards
    Anna

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    1. Anna, I am afraid I am not familiar with markets in Sicily. However, I did a search for you and found that in Ballaro´ market and in the ´American´ market they should sell fabric. Whoa, Sicily is a great place to visit…food is fantastic too. Taormina is gorgeous (had the best ´gelsi´ granita ever there on the main square). If you are not in a hurry I could try and find some more info. I also updated the list with a store in Catania.

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      1. Thank you so much Silvia.

        Ballaro market- great! I found that it is open weekdays and Saturdays.
        I can not find any info about “American ” market, could you explain what is it?
        Thank you for a shop in Catania.

        I am not in hurry, I am going to Sicily at the end of September, but I am already gathering all the information.

        Next step will be to find places with yarns, perhaps Ballaro will have some yarns also….. and the last not least… to research typical local food and of course find places with best gelatos and granitas, for your tip with Taormina I am very greatful.

        Thank you
        Anna

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      2. Anna,
        I haven’t found much but this store on my list could perhaps be all you need http://www.stiltexgroup.it/EN/where-we-are-located.html
        They sell online and apparently are based not far from Taormina and Giardini Naxos. I am not sure they are also a brick and mortar store, but you could drop them an email.
        As for yarn, my go to stores for Made in Italy are online http://creakitshop.com/ and http://www.thewoolbox.it, if there’s something you like perhaps you could try and arrange a shipping while in Italy…though I understand it might prove difficult when travelling among different locations…otherwise they do ship abroad.
        I really hope you will enjoy Sicily…am actually thinking I should also visit again sometime.

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      1. The message says they are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30. They close around lunch time. Also, it might be worth knowing that a lot of businesses close around August 15 for a week or two. You could try again next week or the following.

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing! Im currently in Rome for a couple of days and just did some fabric shopping. I’ve been to five stores but loved Fatucci Tessuti. Beautiful fabric for a descent price. I dove in and bought a whole stash. Without your list I never would’ve found it so mille grazie!

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  23. Hi Silvia,

    Great blog! Thank you for the tips. My mum and I will be Florence and Venice in the next two weeks. Can you recommend some fairly central fabric shops, I’m looking for silks, linens and cottons primarily and love bold colours or natural colours. My mother is a weaver and is looking for silk and woollen yarns.

    Thank you in advance.
    Renee

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    1. Renee, the top three stores in Florence on my list are central. In Venice I could only find one. There are loads of stores but they are outside Venice. In Mestre for example you can find Giesse Scampoli with some bargains (though a bit of a hit and miss kind of store). Generally, Italy veers more natural colors but you can find great prints too. As for yarns, my go to stores for Made in Italy are online http://creakitshop.com/ and http://www.thewoolbox.it (the website is in Italian but you can write them in English if you like…they are super passionate and knowledgeable about wool) Perhaps, you could arrange shipping at the place you’re staying or home!

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  24. Dear Sewing Princess, thanks a lot for sharing all this detailed info. It is very helpful

    I am in Tuscany currently and planned to talk my husband into going to Milan for some fabrics in our way back to Poland… But started wondering if this is really the best place to go… I am looking mainly for silk and cotton in decent prices. We are quite flexible in terms of chosing our way back, so I wondered if you could give me any hint on where I should be heading. Many thanks in advance! Redards Klaudia

    Ohhh and I was wondering if there is any place in Italy where I could buy historic editions of La Mia Boutique? Thanks again :))

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    1. Hi Klaudia,
      I hope you are enjoying your Italian trip. Regarding your question, I believe the biggest challenge if you are traveling back this week or the next is that some stores might be closed for vacation. I would advise you to give them a call and check. If you don’t want to go to Milan, you could try heading to Giesse Scampoli. They are several stores in Italy. Their collection highly depends on the store and season (a bit of a hit or miss), but their prices are extremely reasonable. In Milan, I would try Tessuti e Scampoli, Emmepi tessuti or possibly Raponi. You can find all info on my page.
      As for historic editions of La Mia Boutique, the best would be Ebay or an Italian sewing forum http://www.forumdicucito.com/ I don’t know of any stores where you could find them. There are also some Italian groups on Facebook. Alternatively, you could contact LMB directly via email…but I’m now sure how far back they keep their issues, also because I noticed that older issues were edited by a different company.

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  25. Your site is very informative, job well done. We are off to Rome next month for the 2nd time. Found your site and have noted all the fabric shops in Rome and looking forward to a day of shopping. Question – do the fabric shops also sell patterns or is that a separate store? I have heard there are good Italian patterns available. John, the Netherlands

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I´m afraid finding patterns in Italy is not a very easy task. Except for Burda, they are generally hard to find. I can suggest La Mia Boutique magazine which you can get at newsstands. Alternatively, for something very Italian http://www.marfy.it/ (they ship worldwide and also have pdf). Have fun in Rome!

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  26. I hope you can help me, will be in Milano in a few weeks and would like to boutique type store to purchase embroidered tablecloth/napkins, what type of store should I ask for? I know it’s not a tessuti store… can you help?

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    1. Hi Paula, is this what you are looking for? http://www.rosalba-milano.it/it/biancheria_casa.html and http://www.biancheriamanescalchi.it/salotto-living.html I must admit it’s something I’m not familiar with. If you search for biancheria per la casa (home linens…it’s the category name) or tovaglia ricamata (embroidered tablecloth) or tovagliolo ricamato (embroidered napkins) you should be able to find something. Good luck and have a great trip!

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  27. Good day,

    I am hoping for sites where I might find fabric remnants of Scalamandre Melagrano in Maize. I amadvised it is made in Italy, and I do not have any Italian distribution knowledge. Any suggestions?

    Grazi

    T. L.

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  28. Coming to Italy in early October. I am a quilter. Going to several regions, Rome, Venice, Naples, Florence, Sorrento. Where can I find a place to buy cotton fabric and what is the average price per yard? Remnants will do also. Thankyou. Cherie

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    1. Sounds like a nice trip ahead! Unfortunately, quilting is not a tradition in Italy. So if you´re looking for quilting cottons you´re often bound to find imported designs and prices are generally more expensive than in the US (see http://www.robertademarchi.com/catalogo/5/Tessuti_Patchwork_&_Co..html). That said you might also find heavier cottons that are suitable for quilting. If I were you I would favor fashion fabric when visiting Italy. That´s where you will find the best choice. Wool, silk, shirting cotton and much more in a wide range of prices. On my list you will find a lot to choose from.

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