…Italy is, unlike Britain, a visual, rather than a literary, country. Perhaps because there’s such a forest of legal bureaucratic language, very few people read newspapers, even fewer buy or borrow books.
Tobias Jones – The Dark Heart of Italy
Given the above, it’s ironic that one of the products commonly on sale around the city, though clearly aimed at the more discerning tourist, is stationery. Pens, hand bound books, coloured inks, monogrammed seals and wax; it’s all there for you to pen your masterpiece or create missives of undying passion for your lover’s eyes only. Just a tip – the plot about the Jewish merchant in the city has been done already.