Knitting Shops in Rome: Vanità di Filati

12 Jun

That’s one of my baby girls there in purple checking out the yarn.

I made a lovely new discovery yesterday in my on-going catalog of yarn stores here in Rome.

This one is in my very own neighborhood so my joy knows no bounds. I made friends with the owner and I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with this store.

The store is well-stocked, the owners themselves have the projects they’re working on out on the counter (one of my “go-to” checkpoints when deciding whether a knitting store is legit or not—do the owners knit? Will they be able to help me with a thorny question if I need it?), and there is a range of accessories and supplies in addition to the many balls of yarn (i.e., wide wide selection of buttons, needles, etc.) Ah, one-stop-shopping!


I went on Yelp to do a review of this place and discovered another American girl living in Rome had given it a terrible one-star review. I had an absolutely different experience. So, who knows. Let me say this: if you tell them that “Un’americana a Roma” sent you, I feel fairly confident that they’ll treat you nicely. I mean, they were nothing but spectacularly kind and helpful with me.


The owners are Patrizia (pictured) and Maria. Both of them alternatively asked me what project I was buying for, and how they could help me find what I needed. They had an excellent range of colors and let me touch all the different yarns without any weirdness which can sometimes occur here in Rome. (Yarn shopping can sometimes feel akin to fruit shopping at the market: look but don’t touch. Which, as any knitter will tell you, is totally counterintuitive and goes against our very grain!) Patrizia has most of her yarn out in cubbies and when I said how awesome that was, because it allows the customer to get up close and examine the yarns, she just smiled. So it wasn’t like “Oh you’re not supposed to touch it.”


Anyhoo, folks, this place gets my enthusiastic two thumbs up. I already started my project (thank you Ravelry and Audrey Wilson at The Design Studio) and I can’t wait to have another one to go back.

Getting here is a bit out of the way, especially if you’re on holiday and staying in the center. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, by any means. It’s just not walking distance. You can either take the Metro B Line to Basilica di San Paolo and then walk from there or take bus 769 or 766 to Via Aristide Leonori and walk from there (5 mins). Or, from the center take bus 714 (depot at Termini) to Cristoforo Colombo/Vedana and walk from there (5 mins).


It’s approved by twin four-year-old Roman American girls. So, you know, that’s an endorsement you can trust.

Vanità di Filati – Il Fiocco di Maria e Patrizia

Via della Badia di Cava 88
00142 Roma

Tel: 06/5409883


8 Responses to “Knitting Shops in Rome: Vanità di Filati”

  1. Sharon, Ticket to Travel June 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Non faccio knitting, ma mi piace il post! Grazie. Sharon a California!

  2. Gil June 12, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Always had to pick up skeins of yarn for my mom. The words “make sure lot numbers match” are forever engraved in my brain!

  3. Jane June 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    OOH I love it too. A real shop, my nose rejoices, my fingers are longing to explore. Isn’t that sign green on white a sheer delight? What does the door handle look like?

    Strangely enough, amidst the dodgy shops in my Southern Italian hub’s family’s town – which are invariably guarded by scowling men with sunburn under their armpits, one of whom, the hound, accused me of stealing a packet of sanitary napkins (“surfboards” in Australian slang) from his grocery shop last visit – there are – thankfully two glorious exceptions. The wool shop, and the hairdresser!! A common thread, you have found a community of women there, so cherish it! A little peek at the very best of Italy, Thanks, Shelley!!

  4. Beth June 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    Are you aware of this website/blog? It is full of inspiration for knitters in Rome.

  5. finny June 12, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    But did they wrap it in paper all neat and tidy like they do when you buy band-aids? 🙂

  6. Diana June 13, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    Loved this post….my hubby’s uncle used to own a yarn shop in Rome – – – I guess when he told me that, it kind of caught me off guard, because I thought: “Who still knows how to knit?” HOW WONDERFUL! I wish I knew how to knit! Lovely….really lovely!

  7. Shelley Ruelle June 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    Aw, thanks! That’s sweet! Yes, love knitting!

  8. Dami Hunter January 29, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi Shelley,
    This doesn’t really belong here, but I couldn’t figure out how else to contact you. I’m a knitter/hand-dyer coming to Rome on the heels of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March ’15. Wondering if you have any new news re: shops in Rome. Need to figure out a way to write off the Rome part of this trip! I’ll be hauling all manner of yarn with me, if you’re in need of an American hand dyed fix, let me know!

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