Rome, Italy, Jul 15, 2016 / 02:02 am America/Denver (CNA).
For five generations the Gammarellis have dressed and shod the Vicar of Christ through their family business, Rome’s historic Ditta Annibale Gammarelli.
Now, after the recent death of manager Annibale Gammeralli, the business will pass to the hands of the sixth generation.
Established in 1798 by Giovanni Antonio Gammarelli, the “Ditta” was founded under Pius VI as a tailor for the Roman clergy. After Giovanni died, management of the shop passed to his son Filippo, and then to Filippo’s son Annibale.
In 1874 Annibale moved the shop from its original location to its current spot on Via Santa Chiara 34, just steps away from the Pantheon. It's located inside the building of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, the institute that forms future Vatican diplomats.
When Annibale died, his sons Bonaventura and Giuseppe decided to keep the name “Ditta Annibale Gammarelli” as a homage to their father – a name that has since become known to clergy throughout Italy and the world.