Great Pen Stores - Stores of Note - Florence, Italy
via della Vigna Nuova, 69/r
Tel: + 39 055 2645274
One of the "must" stops when Florence is the Visconti Showroom. Here you will find a complete selection of Visconti pens.
In September 2008, after I spent time with Dante del Vecchio, President of Visconti at the factory, I ended the day with a visit to the showroom in the exclusive shopping district in the historic centre.
There, the very knowledgeable and personable Silvano Quercia showed me the various lines of pens. If you have any special nib requests, they stock a good selection. Silvano noted that if they did not have the particular nib desired, a call to the factory and that day the specific nib would arrive at the downtown shows room.
Open every day with the exception of Monday. The store opens in the late afternoon on Mondays.
Visconti Showroom and Museum
Via Porta Rossa, 10r
This opened at the end of 2012. Unique focus - a show room and testing area on the main floor, and a more historical museum up on the first floor. Visconti describes this as more than a showroom, but also a meeting point in Florence. I look forward to visiting on my next trip to Florence.
via Guicciardini, 2/R
Web Site: www.pinart.it
Last year (2008) when I was in Florence I had the opportunity to visit with Gianni Pineder at the pen store PINART and this year (2009) I wanted to drop by and again say hello. Federico Pineder was in the store and I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with him about the store and pen business.
Their family was previously involved with the Florence PINEDER, company selling the company in 1987. They now have the PINART store located on via Guicciardini in Florence. The PINART store has been open in Florence since 1997.
It is very easy to find, just walk across the Ponti Vecchio and you will see it on the right hand side at the first street that runs to the left along the river.
The store has a good selection of pens in the window, but there is more inside and always ask - as with most of the stores they are more pens to view!
In addition to pens the store has journals, pen cases and paper.
The store is open seven days a week from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm so with those hours it is easy to work in a visit.
Casa Della Stilografica;
Via Cavour, 43;
Well no need to mention the need to visit Florence. Despite how tired my feet are, I have always found the energy to visit this store. The shop has been in existence, at the same location, for some 54 years. IT has become a meeting point for all the pen collectors of Florence. It has been run by the Sacchetti family for three generations. Great collectible and antique pens, but pricey by US standards. (Thanks: Giovanni Abrate). Oct 2004 - Marco of Casa Della Stilografica writes to note their new web site: www.stilografica.it When I was there I had a good visit, however, I have heard that some found the store rather uninterested in you as a customer, especially if you did not speak Italian. Too bad.