Via Cesareo is the main shopping street in Sorrento. The best place to start a walk down the street is where it intersects the Plaza Tasso. The street narrows to a group of small shops and stalls selling a diverse group of products. Lemon products, walnuts, olive oil and a wide selection of candies are just a few items offered. There are also some local crafts available such as embroidery and wood intarsia.
Some of the stalls along the street are a little dark making selection and exchanging money a little difficult.
What to buy: Lemons, which grow abundantly throughout the hills, are in every form of product. From soap, linens, t shirts, scarfs and even bathing suits they appear. Also as candies, liquors, cookies, cakes, pies, and one of my favorites fudge lemons dominate. Many of the lemon food items are produced locally. Prices vary extraordinarily on the street which is surprising considering that Via Cesareo is really not that long.
This store had some very lovely jewellery. But that being said, save your money and don't risk getting ripped off. We truly enjoyed all the shopping in Sorrento. Bought lovely scarves for 8-10 euros, beautiful lemon soap shops, inlaid wood and the rest. Very disappointed to purchase a pendant from this particular jewellery store only to find out after I got back home overseas that they had intentionally overcharged me by "250.00" Euros. Yes, you heard right! Total rip off artists. If I had noticed while I was there, I would have gone right back, but alas. I found this shocker out after I left Italy. I found their website and thought I might pick up another item, only to discover their own website is priced far less to order online. In the store itself, they ask double the price and gouge you big time. So if you want jewellery...go elsewhere or check their website first. They will lie to your face. Actually, if I ever shop anywhere again for a big priced item, I would now always check if the business has a website first and see their prices prior. Don't get caught out like we did. I wrote them by email about this, and they never replied. Other than that...trip was great, other shop keepers were kind, honest and prices were excellent. Sorrento is lovely! Won't let this terrible experience ruin my time there. Simply trying to save others from getting caught like this and losing lots of $$, and perhaps recoup some of my loss via helping others not do the same.
What to buy: Cameos, Gold, Pendants, etc.
What to pay: WAY TOO MUCH! THEY ARE BLATANT THIEVES. MANY OTHER NICE JEWELLERY STORES IN SORRENTO WHO WON'T ROB YOU LIKE THIS ONE.
almost any shop you can find the lemon candies. They are packed in small transparent bags.
They are kind of yellow hard little balls . They not too sour when you start to absorb it flavor but then, a very small amount of limon juice comes out of it. Very good to my taste.
I brought 2 bags home but I wish I had brought more.
What to pay: About 2 euros for one bag.
This is a special shop in Sorrento - it is a magical place all year round. Great vintage glass pieces. Great vintage light fixtures. Furthermore, for the chic woman there are purses and vintage jewelry. Great gifts and new special items all the time... and of course the owner Michele Aiello is an artist in his trade of finding special things.
What to buy: Italian vintage glassware, light vintage fixtures, vintage purses and jewelry, great summer beach vintage bags, special presents, great signs for presents and much more
What to pay: Vintage in Los Angeles is overpriced .....here is the place to buy it.... and great little presents for everyone $5.00 to $450.00
This agricultural shop for the Fattoria Terranova is located in the Piazza Tasso. Great location for the display of produce and food items grown and made in the Sorrento area. The actual farm is located about 8 km from Sorrento in Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi. From Sorrento, keep on the SS 145, continue for Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi: travel 7 km and you will have arrived. Do not enter the town! Continue for a kilometer on SS 145, which then becomes Via Nastro Verde, and turn right on Strada Provinciale 4 (or Via Nastro Azzurro). Travel 400 meters and turn left on Via Pontone. You have arrived! The holiday farm Fattoria Terranova is at number 10. Worth the visit.
What to buy: Olive oils, Limoncello, many jarred items with my favorite, Baba alla Crema di Limoni. Made in the region and able to carry through customs of any country. Of course, if you are staying in Sorrento and have access to a stove, then the garlic, peppers, parsley, basil, and pastas are also good purchases. The basic Italian staples.
What to pay: The average price is based on what you buy. A jar of Baba alla Crema di Limoni was only about $9.00. Produce was competitive with markets.
Sorrento has a larger selection of items, at more affordable prices, than most other areas of the Amalfi coast. From a few euro to draining your 401 (if airfare hasn't already done so) you'll be able to find that perfect something to haul home. So what are the local specialties?
First of all, you're in the Land of the Lemon - Sorrentine lemons taste like no others on earth and are iconic to this region. You'll see lemons on, or in, everything - soaps, cookies, plates, linens, scarves, decorative tile, candy, hats and anything else you can think of. And of course there's the quintessential alcoholic beverage of Sorrento: limoncello. It's pure sunshine in a bottle - with a very decent kick. You can find it in sizes ranging from a sip to supersized and most shops will ship.
Other good buys are handmade sandals and other leather goods, items crafted of inlaid woods, and coral jewelry. Prices can vary - the same box of cookies might be a euro or so less expensive at one shop vs another - so shop around a bit before handing over your credit card. I also recommend doing your browsing at night when the streets around Pizza Tasso close to traffic (see "Evening Passeggiata" tip under Things to Do.).
Note: A couple of the photos were taken on Capri but the items are similar to what you'll find in Sorrento
Very-very polite ladies. Try to speak italian. They are really helpful.
What to buy: Well, I found lots of items in stock. Items that were not there at the same shop in Naples. Since it was the sales period Naples runs out of the best clothing very soon, since it's a bigger city. But in Sorrento, I did find really great bargains both for women's clothes and bags. Try it!
What to pay: Max Mara (sale): 260 euro for a tailleur (wool and cashmere). 80 euro for a beautiful and very original twin-set (wool). 35 euro for a great 100% silk scarf. New collection: 300 euro for a pair of marvellous spring boots.
Furla (sale): 135 euro for a big pony skin handbag. Nannini (sale): 130 euro for an all-leather (nappa) big handbag.
What to buy: Shopping in Sorrento is fab. You can buy painted ceramics, leather goods, and lots of local speciality goods like Limoncello and inlaid wooden jewellery boxes. I noticed they were obsessed with cats in Sorrento and you could buy anything with cats on. Also Pinnocchio is seen a lot in shops here and Murano glass jewellery is popular. There are many Limoncello shops which will allow you to taste before you buy and see how the Limoncello is made.
I bought a couple of adorable dishes but was spoiled for choice there were so many lovely ones and so hard to fit in the bags.
I also bought pasta, herbs, chillies and dried tomatoes. I like to give edible gifts.
Thanks to Pawtuxet for advice on Sorrento & shopping.
What to buy: Lots of lovely ceramics, Limoncello and super foodstuffs of all varieties.
What to pay: As much or as little as you want
From what we saw, shopping for souvenirs seems to be a favourite occupation for visitors to Sorrento. The narrow streets are lined with shops all selling very similar things, although the quality was variable. Among the items I saw were silk scarves, ceramic wall decorations, leather goods, linen (e.g. table cloths and napkins), beauty products scented with lemon, oddly shaped bottles of limoncello (e.g. in the shape of Italy), scented candles and food products from the region (many involving lemons). As it was November there were also a lot of lovely (and some less lovely) Christmas decorations.
We only window-shopped so I can’t say anything about the prices.
This little shop caught our eye when we first arrived in the Piazza Tasso because of its colourful display of dried chillies. The shop is tiny and lined with shelves packed with a wealth of local produce, all beautifully presented. In the centre an old tree grows up through the floor and is decorated with local herbs.
What to buy: We were tempted by almost everything but in the end settled on a packet of limoncello biscuits at €4.00 and a small jar of lemon marmalade at €2.50. The biscuits were delicious (the marmalade is yet to be sampled). The shop also had fresh pasta an a wide variety of shapes and colours, various flavoured oils, olives, different jams and preserves, olives and herbs. There were also beauty products such as soap and lotions scented with lemon or lavender.
This shop sells Wines Beers and spirits at cheap prices. they also sell spice mixes and pasta. This seemed to be the cheapest shop and one of the friendliest, They say that you can "taste and taste till you'll really see Pink Elephants!" They sell their own Limoncello, Lemon Cream and many many others. Well worth a visit just to look around if not to purchase all your holiday drinks.
What to buy: Limoncello is the local drink but all products are cheaper in this shop, i purchased spice mixes and pasta as well as drinks from here at prices a lot lower than the other shops
What to pay: from 00.50 euro for a bottle stopper
This large shop has 2 floors full of Inlaid Wood Works, Porcelain and Gifts, from small Chess Board pieces to an 8 place dinning table with chairs and they will pack and ship all over the world. (at no extra cost for the larger more expensive items)
What to buy: Inlaid wood box's to tables
What to pay: anything from 15.00 euro to 25000.00 euro
This friendly shop is probably the best place to go in Italy if you wish to Buy or just look at Cameos. Most days you will be able to watch cameos being made at the front of the shop and they will happily explain how cameos are made, the types of shells they are made from and will show you how to spot fakes.
What to buy: This shop sells Cameos, Corals and Jewellery.
What to pay: anything from 12.00 euro to 1500.00 + euro
What to buy:
The lemon liqueur called Limoncello is a local after dinner drink. It is made out of the rines from lemons mixed with alcohol, sugar and water.
The liqueur has a typical yellowish colour. It has to be kept cool in the freezer and has to be sipped, not drunk.