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It's not too late for last minute extra Christmas gifts....so just in case Santa Claus couldn't find what he was looking for, perhaps the Befana will bring it with her in time for January 6th!
Befana falls on 6th January and is what we call Epiphany but ours is not associated with giving or receiving gifts - however, here in Italy, it is a long-standing tradition. Befana is represented as an old crone, usually with a shawl and broomstick. If you have been good, the night of 5th January, she fills your stocking with nice things....if you have been bad she gives you coal (or as that would be too mean...you get candy which is made of sugar that looks like coal).
The child in me loves to check out what's cute...what's fun...and where I might shop if I had a mini-me. I'd absolutely go to Piazza Navona to two of the oldest toys shops in Rome: Bertè and Al Sogno (pictured above and below). They have a mix of old-fashioned toys and modern, as well as some items for us grown-ups who are interested in collectables or souvenirs.
Cute looking clothes shops for toddlers up to early teens check out KidSpace and Monnalisa on via Borgognona, Rome (close to the Spanish Steps), and Nanan on via Tomacelli (between Fendi and the Tiber river).
Other shops I like are the Pesciolino Rosso (the Little Red Fish) in via Bocca di Leone 49 (not far from the Spanish Steps) who stock handmade, non-toxic toys. Tina in via Bocca di Leone 9 - is actually more of a lingerie boutique but also sells the most exquisite baby and toddler pyjamas. Bartolucci, on via dei Pastini 96-99, is all about Pinocchio! Enter into a magical word of wood. For clothes there's Neck & Neck - a good quality Spanish brand of children's wear on via Vittoria 56, La Cicogna on via Frattina for baby clothes.