Street shopping in Monterosso al Mare isn't better or any worst than in other touristic places, usual colourful "nothingworthcloths" which we occasionaly buy to remember the visit but never wearing them. The so called local souveniers are mostly plastic toys "made in China"....., but what the most is missing here are the local craft made souvenirs that could be dear memories of a visiting to Monterosso.
What to buy: What I saw around have definately "killed" my enthusiasm for shopping.
Walking Bottega: "give peace a chance"
Even in the late September Mediterranean sun could be pretty hard, especially if the day is bright and cloudless. When spending time at the beach bright sun intensified by reflection from the surface of the sea could disturbing for the eyes, if not protected with the sunglasses.
This beach-retailers know it very well and could be helpful to deprive eye sufferings to those who didn't bring sunglasses with. They are usually immigrants from Africa and usually polite and friendly, never annoying to the potencial customers. They sell the copied models of sunglasses by big designer names for a very affordable prices. The starting price is around 30 euros but if good in burgaining you will pay them 10 or 15 euros.
What to pay: None of us like to throw money away, still on trips so often happens that sometimes we spend money for no reason. I never regret to spend a little money for buying some trinkets from African immigrants. I would not impoverish if spending 10 euros and to them that money means a lot, a chance to feed a family on that day.
Fabrica d'Arte: A souvenir of the Cinque Terre
This lovely shop was my favourite in Monterosso, and having visited it on our first day when simply browsing, we made a return trip to the village on our last with the express purpose of buying a souvenir here.
What to buy: The shop sells a range of different things – jewellery, pictures etc. But it is best known for its ceramics. These are all made by hand and reflect the local sights and scenes. We settled on just a small item, a wall plaque depicting a typical door of the region, which now hangs among souvenirs of other trips on our kitchen wall. Check out the website (link below) to see some examples of other objects available here.
What to pay: Our plaque in the smallest size cost just €5. Larger ones will cost more, or you might like to buy several and make a little Cinque Terre scene on you wall.
Various shops in Monterosso: Shopping in Monterosso
There are some fabulous shops in Monterosso that sell a range of the local produce.
There are also shops selling local arts and crafts, and the usual tourist souvenir shops.
What to buy: Specialising in delicious products like fruit & veg, olives, anchovies and the best of all - local Cinque Terre wines.
Crafts include pottery and ceramics.
What to pay: Cheaper than big city prices.
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