Sorrento, the gem of the Amalfi Coast, is a fantastic place to indulge in a little retail therapy. It’s easy to spend a whole afternoon (or longer) shopping in Sorrento, whether you’re buying souvenirs, sampling the famous local Limoncello or trying on the latest fashions. So where should you start?
The best place to start any shopping trip in Sorrento is on the Via Cesario where it meets the Piazza Tasso, the town’s main square. This is always a hive of activity, buzzing with colourful local life, and there are plenty of options for dining here if you need to refuel during your shopping trip. Here you’ll also find many of the best fashion boutiques and shoe stores.
Sorrento’s main street for shopping is the Corso Italia, home to a number of designer boutiques. For local handicrafts and souvenirs, you’re best heading off down one of the little side streets.
What to buy in Sorrento
There are a number of things to look out for when shopping in Sorrento that you won’t find anywhere else. Local specialities to shop for include:
This famous sweet Italian lemon liqueur is made locally and many shops will let you enjoy a taste before making a purchase.
The Amalfi Coast’s famous lemons are everywhere in Sorrento, adorning tiles and earthenware dishes and made into lemon scented soaps or lemon flavoured candies and cookies
Sorrento is known for its leather goods so look out for handmade belts, purses and wallets. Local artisan workshops handcraft leather sandals at a much lower price than in some other parts of Italy, so when you’re shopping in Sorrento you can pick up a surprisingly affordable one-of-a-kind pair of shoes, custom made to suit your tastes.
Sorento craftsmen have been crafting intricately inlaid wood products for hundreds of years, and today you can still see them at work in the workshops and galleries in the side streets off the Corso Italia. You’ll find everything from wall hangings to delicately carved jewellery boxes (you can often request a custom order) and larger pieces of furniture.
What you need to know when shopping in Sorrento
Remember that prices are negotiable when shopping here, so don’t be afraid to haggle to get the best price; shopkeepers and market traders will expect it.
Most shops are open from 9am-1pm and 4pm-8pm on weekdays and Saturdays, so you’ll often find shops closed in the middle of the afternoon. Larger department stores and supermarkets generally stay open all day from 9 or 10am until 8 or 9pm throughout the week. Many small shops (and some larger ones too) are closed on Sundays, so don’t leave your souvenir shopping until the weekend.
Shopping in Sorrento is a truly magical experience and an opportunity to pick up a range of products unique to the region; you won’t find many of these items anywhere else. There are plenty of places to stop off for a drink or a bite to eat on your shopping trip too, as it can be thirsty work.