I ran into this great tie shop in Rome and thought I'd mention it on the forum for anyone planning a trip to the Eternal City.
Danilo Cruciani opened Cruciani & Bella in 1994 and he carries Albert Thurston, Drake 's, Holliday & Brown and Ulturale. Danilo also stocks shirting and has shirts made through Merolla in Napoli. He admits a certain fetish for suspenders/braces and has dozens in stock. You can also find cuff links and other gentleman's accoutrement.
Danilo speaks very good English and has traveled extensively in the US (as evidenced by the license plate collection on the walls).
If you're planning to do a little shopping I recommend that you stop to see Danilo's shop. He is located in the Piazza di San Lorenzo In Lucina, 34. Two blocks SW of Via del Condotti off of Via del Corso. (Louis Vuitton and Burberry have stores in this Piazza too.)
Here are a few pictures:
(I picked up the bordeaux shantung Drake's tie and a Drakes wool PS.)