The Drogheria della Pioggia is one of those delightful little Bologna shops upholding a long tradition and making a fascinating place to visit.
The Italian word ‘Drogheria’ commonly translates to ‘Grocery Store’ but it is quite different to the English speaking idea of such a store.
Amongst the reputedly 12,000 different items packed into this small space you’ll find sweets, chocolates and biscuits,
wine and balsamic vinegar,
tinned and bottled products,
detergents, brooms, brushes, boot polish, tea and coffee.
A few years ago I was delighted to see that they even stocked Vegemite, a favourite spread for us Australians and almost impossible to find overseas.
The current owners, the Sarti family, have recently celebrated 50 years of operating the store, however it’s been on this site since the year 1610.
In addition to the ability to find products not available elsewhere, the friendly service is one attribute that keeps this place popular. On our last visit, even with a store full of people stocking up on Christmas specialities, they were very happy to take the time to gift wrap a delightfully old fashioned tin box of torrone or nougat for us.
If you’re in Bologna, don’t miss the opportunity to visit this lovely little Aladdin’s cave of a store and buy something to remember your visit. It’s located on the corner of Via Galliera and Via de’Falegnami.