There are a few stores that have old items, of which some are antiques, rather than old cast off pieces of junk.
This shop was closed on Sunday, and had a sister shop across the street. It would have been fun to go inside, because they were both jammed with old items.
What to buy: Look at the Photos.
What to pay: Bargaining is advised. Make an offer less than what they ask.
Gay Odin Chocolate shop is located on the famous Via Toledo downtown. Via Toledo is the the most popular shopping area in the city. Gay Odin has been around since 1894, and is even highly recommended by some travel guides.
What to buy: Chocolates
Albanesi, Trifoglio, Scorzette, Tarallini, Limoncello, Cremini,Verdeprato,
Bombonati, Africanelle, Pasta di mandorla, Chicchi al caffé, Vittoria, Tripolini,
Scricchioli, Deliziosi, Preferiti, Giapponesi, Navette, Cozze, Cico cico, Semitenero,
Formettato, Cremalthe, Columbia, Esploratori, Nugatine, Grissini, Fondant.
There are several wedding gowns shops in via Duomo and I don't know the names of all of it to be honest. I know couple of brands and on the internet I found some shops, so you can check it out, visiting the links mentioned below.
Not all the shops have web pages available at the moment and especially in English, so you should check it out in live :)
Here are some that I was able to find:
check the collection under collezioni
By the way, there's also one shop that sells exclusively wedding shoes, they have so many types, including even white cowboy boots :), so you can immagine what a choice :)
Hope this will help you.
Good luck and good shopping :)
Famous for its elaborate Nativity scenes, Naples has a whole industry around the creation of the figurines. Nowhere is this better seen than at via San Gregorio Armeno, which has rows of shops selling figurines of all shapes and sizes, made by local artisans. While tourists make up a good portion of the clientele around the year, local Neapolitan families keep the tradition alive by shopping here near Christmas time for their own displays. The figurines stacked along the street are a great photo opportunity and also make excellent gifts to bring back home. Via San Gregorio Armeno is located in the heart of Spaccanapoli, perpendicular to via dei Tribunali.
Just spent two weeks in Napoli, near Piazza Fugo & Via Cimarosa, Vomero, there was a supermercado near my hotel(cimarosa), the market is at the end of Via Scarlatti, make a right and its right there, its called an American market, but its very Italian, but has some American Items. Wide variety!!!!
What to buy: The candy was incredible, chocolate covered Torino, wide variety of vegtables, fresh fruit, packaged mortadella, salami, cheeses, Incredible wall of breads and rolls.
The butcher and fish counters so fresh, its the Italian Ralphs!!!
Olive bar, Wines, liquors, Tutti!!!!
What to pay: prices are comparable to America!!!
All along the Via Caracciolo seawall there were merchants trying to sell you everything. I watched as they carried a large 'trash bags' filled with their wares and began carefully placing the items for sale on display.
You can buy sunglasses, CDs and these quality purses. Hmm, something tells me they aren't originals, but if your looking for a cheap bargin this is the place to shop.
What to buy: Sunglasses, jewelry, hats, CDs, purses...
Another bubbling and, in this case pedestrian, street.
Chiaia, means, in Napolitan slang, beach because ths street was built to link Piazza del Plebiscito (formerly called Largo di Palazzo) and the coast.
I can't recommend a specific shop--and even if I could, after 30 years (which is how long it's been since I left Naples), there's a decent chance that shop might not even be in business any longer. So you will need to do your own investigation as to where to buy cameos. There are places (a fair number close Pompeii, if memory serves) where you can see cameos being made. Many of the cameos in Italy are carved from seashells, but there are also cameos carved from agate and a variety of other materials.
What to buy: But no matter where you go, whether in Naples or in another part of Italy, I highly recommend purchasing a cameo. The quality of the carving is wonderful. I bought one in Venice (on my second visit there, back in 1988) which I still cherish. It will be an heirloom for my granddaughter (if I'm lucky enough to have a granddaughter someday). It's so totally beautiful and unique--a true work of art. If you look closely, you may notice that the middle of the design is a clockface--notice the tiny little clock hands and the teeny Roman numerals? In fact, the entire broach is a copy of a clockface designed by Michelangelo. The broach is even signed by the artist (the picture isn't good enough for you to be able to see the signature) which is the sign of a true work of art.
I paid several hundred for it (I can't remember the exact price, but I think it was in the neighborhood of around $500--of course that was almost 20 years ago...) and I have never regretted buying it. Sorry my picture doesn't do the cameo full justice--it's in a round box, so you can't see the lovely gold bezel setting in which the cameo is placed. You can, I hope, see the delicacy of the carving.
By the way, since it's Italy we are talking about, the gold setting will most likely be 18kt gold, not 14kt. Fine jewelry in the United States is usually only 14kt, but in Italy it will be 18kt. So you might pay a bit more for the setting, because of the higher gold content. You can, if you like, buy cameos which are not set. That way you can buy a higher quality cameo, spend less money, and then have it set (possibly in a setting of your own design) when you return home.
What to pay: I don't know what you might expect to have to pay for a cameo like this now, but I'm sure it's not inexpensive.
Naples offers some of the finest shopping opportunities in Italy. Naples has hundreds of small artisan shops offering authentic hand made gift and souvenir items. These include shops run by jewelers, silver crafters, stone carvers, engravers, ceramicists and glove makers. The areas of Via Toledo and Via Chiaia are dotted with fashionable boutiques where high quality, fashionable clothing and accessories can be purchased. Naples also has numerous outdoor markets where many local residents shop.
In the Montesanto area, this famous food market is held daily from 08.00 to 14.00 , blending the smells and colours of fruit, vegetables and fish. This is one of the most characteristic places in Naples, where you can let yourself be seduced by the true spirit of the city, warming yourself in the fun and lively atmosphere.
In July through August is the best time to be in Italy as this is the time when all stores have there annual sales. Even expensive name brand stores. So if you love Italian clothing this is definately the best time to come!
What to buy: Clothes mainly.
What to pay: 25Euro to 500Euro depending on style and type of clothing.
For those with the budget and the inclination, there are several antique/junque shops along Spaccanapoli that offer some fascinating relics of history. I enjoyed just window-shopping to see what parts of history were for sale. But you probably don't want to buy anything here unless you have a sound knowledge of Italian and a willingness to haggle.
You'll find fresh fish for sale all over the center of Naples. I was impressed that even the smallest of vendors makes an effort to arrange his wares artistically.
Oh, I'm sure it would be fun to have a kitchen in Naples!
Since it was September, it was already SALDI time so every shopp we went into was either crowded or had nothing else to offer anymore! Oh yes! It's unbeliveable how quickly things are sold out... All the normal sizes are gone in a nick of a time... So you have to try not to get to upset!
Italy is very well known for shopping. Especially when it's SALDI time or discounts. But it is also very well known for it's opened markets where you can find stuff for unbeliveable prices. For example a pair of slippers for 1-2 EUR etc. Even if you can afford yourself much more expencive stuff, do visit one these Mercato's because it's interesting. You would be amazed to see how many "rich" looking women shopp there!
It is wise to have a strong man beside you (look at the picture: my STRONG hubby) to carry all the things you can buy for about 50 EUR... WOW!!!!!!