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About Gammarelli: The Popes’ Tailor since 16th Century

Ditta Annibale Gammarelli is known throughout the church world, and is in the list of historic shops of the city of Rome. Six generations of Gammarellis have had the honour of serving thousands of Priests, and hundreds of Bishops and Cardinals. Today the Ditta has the honour to serve His Holiness Francesco.

Gammarelli is the official tailor of the pope. The shop is located in Rome. Gammarelli makes for example the zuchetto. It also makes the galero, the wide-brimmed, tasseled hat that used to be worn by cardinals (some do still wear it) and other high-ranking prelates; the cardinals order them or have them given as gifts since Vatican II, and when they die, at a “Month’s Mind Mass” a month after their death, the galero is raised to the roof of their cathedral, there to stay until it deteriorates. In addition to Popes and Cardinals, it serves many Archbishops, Bishops, Monsignors, and other prelates and priests. The company has tailored for the popes since 1797.

Giovanni Antonio Gammarelli started his activity as tailor for the Roman Clergy in 1798 under Pope Pius VI. He was followed by his son Filippo, and then by Filippo’s son Annibale who in 1874 transferred the shop in Via Santa Chiara 34, in the building of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, where it still is. When Annibale died, his sons Bonaventura and Giuseppe decided to retain the name “Ditta Annibale Gammarelli”, as an homage to their father. With this name, the shop is now known to the Clergy in Italy and in the world. Today the son of Bonaventura, Annibale, guides the shop since many years, and the sixth generation Gammarellis, Maximillian, Lorenzo and Stefano Paolo, continue the line.
In 2000, Ditta Annnibale Gammarelli was included in the list of historic shops of the city of Rome, and is probably the most ancient shop in Rome, still managed by direct descendants of the Founder.
Ditta Annibale Gammarelli has served thousands of piriests, hundreds of Bishops and Cardinals, and the Holy Memories of Pope Pius IX, the Blessed Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul I, the Blessed Pope John Paul II, and is now proud to serve His Holiness Francesco.


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