Great Pen Stores - Stores of Note - Torino/Turin, Italy
Via Lagrange, 32/c;
A great shop, with a superb collection of antique pens, including the one Aurora Etiopia in coloured celluloid that is known to exist. This is the very pen that is featured in a number of fountain pen books. Giovanni Abrate originally wrote me with his comments on the store and so when I had the opportunity to visit Torino in 2006 I visited the store and met with Davide.
His uncle is the owner and the store has been in the family for over 26 years. The store has been in operation since 1932.
The store has a good layout and an impressive stock of pens. In additional to carrying a broad range of pens that include Aurora, Cross, Dupont, Montegrappa, Pelikan, Sheaffer, Delta, Omas, Visconti, Mont Blanc, Parker and Waterman, they also do some pen repairs on site.
The store is easy to find. For sure you will see the Piazza San Carlo. via Lagrange runs just a block behind parallel to via Roma. Check their web site under Negozi | Dove Siamo for a map showing the location.
Web Site: www.mussostilo.com
Via Cernaia, 24;
When Giovanni Abrate sent me a note about this store, he told me that a real gentleman owns this store and he will spend time to show you some great pens. His prices are always reasonable and he has a great selection of pens. I made this store one of my must visit places on my 2006 visit to Torino. I was glad I did.
Signore Ciabatti and I discussed the various pen lines and he also showed me where he repairs pens, in the back section of his shop. He was working on a Waterman Opera, one of my favorite pens.
The store has been located on via Cernaia since 1932 and Ciabatti has operated this store since 1983. In talking about the various line of pens he was very proud of the Italian linee. When I talked about the tour of the Aurora pen factory that would take place in the afternoon, he indicated I would enjoy seeing how the company makes a good quality pen.
The store is easy to find. If you are at the Piazza San Carlo, head north west out of the Piazza, Via Santa Terresa changes into Via Cernai after a few blocks.
Via Nizza 1
A nice, old-fashioned pen shop near the train station. (Thanks: Giovanni Abrate). So if you arrive by train, this store is right across from the station. This small, old store carries mainly modern pens and the store is worth a visist to see how things used to be. (Thanks: Ian).
via Monte di Pieta 17
A great pen shop, operating since 1938, holds a good stock of pens, with the right balance of modern and vintage pens. The staff will be happy to show you any of the pens but only Italian and French are spoken. (Thanks: Ian)