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Souvenir Shopping in Sorrento, Italy

It’s Italy and food is an aphrodisiac so why shouldn’t you be able to buy prosciutto with lingerie? I kid you not.

Souvenirs di cucinaEveryone asks me what to buy in Sorrento and I tell them nothing because everything is over-priced but if you must, here is a quick guide:

1. Chain stores – you can find small branches of the women’s clothing stores Piazza Italia and LaCoste, as well as Benetton and Paul & Shark.

2. Deco – this is the local supermercato on the main drag, Corso Italia. You can buy groceries, along with lingeri.  Afterall, in Italy, mangiare usually leads to amore!

3. Piazza Tasso – the main square is full of overpriced everything, from ceramics and bridal hankies to bibs and tablecloths.  Some shopkeepers will swear they were embroidered by local nuns who took a vow of silence in a local convent, not to mention the inlaid chess boards made for generations by their family. Fuhgeddaboutit!

4. The Embroidery Centre (Via P. R. Giuliani 36) is a tiny treasure located in a side street off the Piazza. It is a tiny store but I have found it to offer the best and most reasonable prices for embroidered linens.

5. Jewelry – runs the gamut from expensive gems to junk. They will even try to offer Majorca glass pendant sets actually made in China. . . So, buyer beware!

6. Limoncello – can be found all over the Amalfi Coast.  Some of it is delicious and some is barely drinkable.  Most shops will give you a taste before buying, if you ask.  Personally, I would buy a bottle of Mandarino (orange flavored) or Finochietto (licorice flavored) instead.

7.  Bartolucci (Via Fuoro 4) has been handcrafting wooden toys for decades.  You can find the iconic Pinocchio to take home to the wee ones on your list or unique wooden oddities for the grown-ups.

8.  La Conchiglio offers up custom sandals made while you wait but they are overpriced and not really worth it unless you need the vanity extension of “custom” anything!

In my opinion, the best souvenir for anyone to bring home from the Amalfi Coast is the memory you will enjoy of this paradise on Earth.

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One thought on “Souvenir Shopping in Sorrento, Italy

  1. “the best souvenir for anyone to bring home from the Amalfi Coast is the memory you will enjoy of this paradise on Earth.” and as a certain credit card would say, that is priceless 🙂

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