Fabio Salini is one of Rome’s premier jewelers, crafting exceptional pieces that are both opulent and contemporary. He brilliantly plays with lavish materials and textures like coral, rose gold, colored diamonds and leather to create visionary pieces that have decorated international royalty and celebrities. Having started his career at the haute jewelry houses of Cartier and Bulgari, Salini now showcases his designs at his own atelier on Rome’s Via de Monserrato, which is open exclusively by appointment only. Here, he talks to Indagare about his favorite places to dine in Rome and Sicily, his most transformative trip and how his travels have inspired his exquisite creations. Read more about the Indagare Insider Trips to Rome in April and October.
What restaurant do you always bring out of towners to in Rome and Sicily?
In Rome, Al Moro and La Manna in Noto, Sicily
Which restaurant do you think has the best view?
The rooftop restaurant at Hotel Hassler in Rome and I Rizzari in Brucoli, Sicily
Do you have a favorite restaurant for a special occasion?
Pierluigi in Rome and Accursio in Modica, Sicily
Do you have a favorite restaurant for a casual meal with friends?
Settimio al Pellegrino in Rome and il Dammuso in Noto, Sicily
Do you have a favorite store to pick up special gifts?
Sturni Antiques in Rome and Il Mobile della Nonna in Rosolini, Sicily
Do you have a favorite walk or neighborhood to browse?
Aventino and Giardino degli Aranci in Rome and Riserva di Vendicari, Sicily
Galleria Borghese in Rome and Museo Archeologico Regionale in Siracusa, Sicily
Do you have a secret treasure or lesser known favorite activity or site where you send friends?
Planetario in Rome (temporarily closed for renovations) and Isola di Mozia in Sicily
Name a favorite city (where you do not live) and describe a perfect day there.
In London, I would eat lunch at The Wolseley, shop at Alfies antique market, see a musical at night and then dine at Dean Street Townhouse restaurant for dinner.
Name a destination that surprised you and tell us why.
Lençois Maranhenses, Brazil. The blue-hued freshwater pools set in the white sand dunes are really unforgettable.
What is always in your carry-on bag?
ViBi sisters’ slippers from Venice
What is your favorite hotel for an escape?
La Scalinatella, Capri
What is your favorite market you have visited in your travels?
Fruit Market in Tel-Aviv
What trip has changed your perspective?
Rajasthan, India, a deeply spiritual region.
How have your travels influenced your brand?
My travels have inspired my creativity in my work through the colors, habits, culture and landscape present in the places I have visited.
What is your favorite long weekend getaway?
My country house in Noto, Sicily
What thrills you more: works of nature or works of man?
Works of nature
What is your favorite travel ritual?
I like to seek out the best local food; it’s a good way to understand a country’s culture.