On Via Ripetta you will find one of the most bizarre window displays in Rome decorated with vintage doll heads stacked together in a casual, almost artistic manner. Don’t panic! Inside, a sweet, affectionate duo awaits you. More often than not you will find Gelsomina and her son Federico hard at work, restoring antique porcelain in the soft light of their workshop. This mother-and-son pair – paint brushes in hand, smocks covered in paint – is an unforgettable sight. Stick around a bit and Gelsomina might share with you some stories of her Roman youth, and show you photographs of her as a young woman, riding her cyclamen-colored Vespa.
Via di Ripetta, 29