I had no time (nor interest) to explore local commerce, but Fernanda did. The centre of the city is full of all kind of stalls and shops, selling everything that tourists may want. The prices? Well, Fernanda didn´t buy anything, so...
Limoncello is everywhere on the Sorrentine Peninsula. It's a bright yellow liqueur made from the rinds of lemons and usually served as an after-dinner "digestive" - although you can buy little glasses of the stuff any time of the day. It's like super-intense lemonade with a serious kick and the traditional version is made strictly from lemons that grow in this region of Italy. Other than liquids generally being a pain to deal with on a plane, it's a nice, inexpensive gift or souvenir in containers of all sizes - some small enough to tuck inside your shoes to prevent breakage on the flight home. I'm sure most places will ship the larger bottles.
Even if you don't spring for a whole bottle, at least try it in a restaurant, a bar, or from one of the stands that sell individual glasses. We picked up tiny cups of it from a kiosk on the way to the Gardens of Augustus. There are many brands and they can taste very differently: some sweeter, some with more alcohol "burn", etc. The best-selling label - Limoncello di Capri - can be purchased at shops of the same name in Capri (Via Roma, 79) and Anacapri (Via Capodimonte, 27). They also have a nice website with recipes and information about this sunny beverage.
Bonus: some restaurants serve limoncello as their version of the free after-dinner mint! Yum.
What to pay: Cost depends on size of bottle, starting at a mere couple of euro.
Our shopping advisor aboard ship informed us all about the Chantecler Bell. Never heard of it? I didn't either until the shopping facts were presented that morning. From this point on, most of us were intent on purchasing this lovely symbol of Capri.
This shop specializes in bell pendants of all sorts: silver, gold and encrusted with tiny jewels. They aren't inexpensive and they certainly are novel! Once I saw them, I wanted to take one home with me.
You can't miss the shop, for its on the way to Augusta Gardens. Plan to make time for a visit and price one for yourself--they come in various sizes and prices. I think you'd find them "persuasive"!
For a peek at all Chantecler offers go to the website below and enjoy!
If the enticing shop window doesn't lure you in, perhaps the wonderful scents lingering in the doorway may just do it.
Carthusia perfume shop had the most luscious perfumes you can ever imagine. Several I tried were concocted from flowers actually grown in Capri. The scent I purchased was Fiori di Capri--a heady floral fragrance created by blending lily of the valley, wild carnation, sandalwood, ylang-ylang and oak.
Beribboned soaps in pastel wrappings, lip gels in pretty packaging and the bottles of glorious scents in toilet water or perfume filled the shelves.
The service was excellent and the sales staff more than happy to have you try multiple fragrances in order to select just the right one to take with you. I highly recommend a visit!
What to pay: moderate to pricey
No doubt about it, Capri town caters to the extremely well heeled so if your yacht is anchored at the marina, dropping serious euros at Versace (or Dior, Valentino or Pucci) is no sweat. The great news for the rest of us is that a glass of limoncello in the piazzetta, a climb to a lofty perch overlooking an aquamarine sea, or a ramble past whitewashed houses draped in masses of flowers is enough make even the most budget-challenged of us feel very rich indeed.
Many of the the natural wonders of the island are blissfully free (or at least within reason) and make for better memories and pictures than the inside of a store anyway, right? If having a taste, if not the bank account, for designer labels, evening is a nice time for a little window shopping, and Anacapri seemed to offer a more accessible range of items - in casual, open-air shops - for the not-so-rich or famous.
Italian ceramics are famous for their intricate designs painted in vivid, cheerful colors. In the Sorrentine area, plates, pitchers, decorative tile and other works of pottery often sport sunny yellow lemons - the symbol of this region - amid cool blues reflective of the sea. Pieces come in all shapes, sizes, functions and costs, and most of ceramic shops on the island will ship a larger treasure home - a plus in these days of luggage size and weight restrictions! On a budget? A small, trivet-sized tile might be the perfect memento of your visit. This tip picture was in Anacapri at, I believe, L'Oasi Ceramiche on via Capodimonte and there are other shops to browse as well.
Generally a lousy cook (I have a kitchen 'cause it came with the house), I probably could use a bunch of this stuff - plates this gorgeous could make even burnt toast look good.
Limoncello is a traditional lemon liqueur produced in southern Italy but mainly in the region around the Gulf of Naples so, it will be extremely easy to find it in Capri. Despite it has a great flavor of lemon, it's not sour but it has a lot of alcohol! It is sold in many shaped bottles but my fave one was the shape of Italy.
It is made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar. You will recognize it by its bright yellow in color. Take one home!!
If you are afraid of the narrow streets in Capri, specially the one in zig-zag going down to Marina Grande from Anacapri (where you feel your bus will fall to the sea), then I recommend you to drink a lot of it!
What to pay: There are several prices from 4 to 10€, you choose
Capri is famous for handmade sandals and master cobbler, Antonio Viva, has been crafting them for over 50 years. Located in an open-air shop in Anacapri, Antonio provides the rich, the famous and the everyday tourist with modern versions of the shoe that graced the feet of ancient Romans. Choose your style and color and have them custom fit while you wait. They're much less expensive than anything from Capri's Ferragamo or Jimmy Choo boutiques and a more authentic keepsake of your trip. The shop was very busy the day we were there and Antonio was merrily chatting away whilst hammering out comfy new footwear for adoring fans - the guy is an island treasure!
Sapori di Capri is a beautiful little shop in Ana Capri. I liked how I could see the distillery process behind the counter. We entered to buy some olive oil and left with olive oil, 2 bottles of limoncello and chocolate. The attendant gave us samples of limoncello to try and we automatically purchased two bottles. I tried the normal and creamy limoncello, which I ended-up purchasing.
You can find many bright & colorful ceramics which is common in the Amalfi Coast on the Isle of Capri. Most of these pretty decorations can be purchased at many souvenir shops around the island.
What to buy: Not just for decoration, these ceramic local craft can be functional at home e.g plates, water jugs, salt & pepper shakers.
What to pay: The more closer you are to the touristy area, the more expensive it is. Try to go out of this area for better bargains
What's great is that you pick out the sole that fits and the type of heel you want - flat, one-inch, two-inch, etc, and then select the sandal top from a huge variety of styles and colors, come back an hour later and voila! Your made-to-order sandals are ready.
What to buy: Sandals of course!
The Carthusian monks provided the "recipes" for the unique perfumes you can buy here including "Aria di Capri" and "Gelsomino (Jasmine) di Capri." Very reasonably priced, you can also buy the fragrances in cream form, perfect for traveling.
What to buy: My favourite, lo, is a skinlingering fig with an exuberant fizz of tea leaf. Others to try include Fiori di Capri which is a bouquet of carnation and lily of the valley, against a sensual background of sandalwood, ylangylang and oak and Ligea, named after one of the sirens who endeavoured to ensnare Odysseus, which is a seductive blend of mandarin and warm, powdery opoponax.
What to pay: Around 60 euro for 50 ml.
This tiny shop is only a few steps from where the bus drops off visitors in the town of Capri. The jewelry is hand made and the staff are friendly. So, while others are off in serach of Gucci and Prada and Louis Vitton, you can treat yourself to something novel and original. Not all of the stones are precious or even semi-precious but if you look carefully, there are some amazing deals.
What to buy: You can also find bathing suits and the requisite swimwear in this shop.
What to pay: You can expect to spend less than you would at many of the boutiques on this same street.
After a lot of walking, the harrowing busrides or just checking out the prices at the stores of the Piazzatta, it's always gelato-thirty on Capri.
Just off of the Piazzatta, to the right, is a narrow street that sends you toward hotels. Soon after you start walking down, a small gelateria will be on your left. You'll probably smell the sweetness of freshmade sugar cones first. Ananas e coco were the winning flavors from our trip.
Type: Perfume / Cosmetics
Address: Via Camerelle 10, Capri
This is one of those do you but it under shopping or warning danger. This small shop specializes in perfume made on the island from local herbs and flowers. Since 1948, this shop has attracted many well known clients and separated them from their money. The scents are unique and very popular among women especially my wife.
What to buy: unique Capri Perfume