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.
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.
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.
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.
Fivestones is a very impressive line of souvenirs, all made with natural materials like wood, stones, twigs, twine, nails, paper and cork.
This is a line coordinated and articulated, high aesthetic quality, easily recognizable.
Fivestones is the creativity of Italian industrial production as opposed to the Asian market.
In many Cinque Terre shops, infact, there are just souvenir that come from China, thailand and Corea.
My souvenir are made in Italy, from italian handmade. Original and exclusive.
In this link the rest of the production. Click here: http://alter-eno.yolasite.com/altri-lavori.php
You may buy Fivestones items from internet or calling me, and I come to you.
When you are in Cinque Terre call me at number: 348 0459085 or, in the noon, at 0187 861042.
I will come in your hotel for make see you my items and, just if you want, you may buy some of these.
Here some about me: http://www.cinqueterre.com/blog/gadgets-souvenir-cinque-terre
What to buy: Original hand made souvenir of Cinque Terre.