Various shops in Vernazza: Cinque Terre Shopping
There are some fabulous shops in Vernazza that sell a range of the local produce.
There are also a couple of shops selling local arts and crafts.
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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Il Mercante d'Oriente: Italian Jewelry
Along Vernazza's main street, across from the pizzaria, is Il Mercante d'Oiente, a small jewelry shop with a display of colorful scarves set out in front. Wander in and take a look at the gorgeous mother-of-pearl necklaces, or the silver earrings. Prices are generally inexpensive and the owners, Stefano and Barbara Piola, are friendly and helpful.
Enoteca sotto L'arco: Local Food & Drink
This is a very nice shop that you find on the main road, when you get out of the station, it is on the left side of the street.
What to buy: I bought the excellent Sciaccatrà which is a very sweet wine(passito) done with the grapes of the park, some olive sauce, red pesto(typical pasta sauce) and the traditional pesto.
What to pay: The bottle of wine was 28 euro(expensive but really good) the pesto was about 3 euro.
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Gelateria - if I only knew....: Need a birthday cake?
This was the greatest adventure in Cinque Terre:
I had somehow set my mind on getting my husband a birthday cake, but did not find a bakery that had any cakes.... plus I wanted to keep it a secret! So I managed to get away from hubby and asked at this one bakery. No, they did not have cakes, just bread, foccacia and rolls, but she showed me a gelateria (an ice cream parlor) and told me to ask there.
Okay, I hurried there and asked the lady about cakes. Hahahaha - not as easy as you think! Fortunately I am an audiologist and majored in deaf ed, so my sign language skills are pretty good - and thanks to VT I know birthday wishes in quite a few languages.... So, I pointed at my wedding band to show her that I was talking about my husband, then I said "compleannos" (which I do not even know if it is anything close to Italian, but apprently she understood) and then I said: "torta" and mumbled something like "piccolo"....... The hardest part was to make it clear to her that I needed the "tortina" the next morning!!!
Well, next morning at 8.30 h I arrived there and wanted to get the cake, but she only looked at me and said: "esta sera" - this evening!!! Oh, no!!! But then she told me to wait 20 minutes and in that time she made the best cake that we have ever eaten!!!
What to buy: A self made cake!!!
What to pay: Be prepared to pay quite a bit - but be sure that it is worth every single Euro!
local shops: Not much to buy
There are not many shops in Vernazza, actually there are only few of them. Usual souvenier shops with very poor offer, postcards and more postcards or derocated magnets for your frigo at home. Look strange but I couldn't find any authentic souvenier.
What to buy: To those who didn't know it, famous "pesto" sauce was invented here in Cinque Terre and buying it is a must. I would also suggest to buy a bottle of "Sciacchetra", a very specific local wine. It is sweet white "passito", a wine made from dried grapes with strong flavour.
Since we had a refrigerator in our room we could buy food and drink for our breakfast on our beautiful terrace! There are various little grocery shops on the main street as well as a fish seller, a wine shop and various delicacy shops and bakeries.
Sotto L' Arco: Prodotti Tipici Delle Cinque Terre
Very friendly staff for this local shop catering to the wine crowd and those looking for typical Cinque Terre goods. Clean store, very well organized and a great selection of wines, olive oils and other 5T products.
What to buy: Wine typical of the region. The staff are very knowledgable on this subject and happy to help you make your selection.
What to pay: Very reasonable prices, just about 10 Euro for a bottle of wine.
Local Wares: Not exactly a shopping tip, but...
Vernazza is perhaps not a town where people go to do their shopping, but it does have several quaint little stores that may catch your fancy.
My main reason for posting this tip was a need for someplace to put this photo of a young married impatiently waiting for his bride to come out of this little woolen goods boutique. After 36 years of marriage I can still identify with him, although I am now more likely to just find a spot to sit a spell and enjoy an espresso or lemonade.
La Buatta: Hand Made in Vernazza, Italy
La Buatta is a beautiful little shop, a gem in the heart of Vernazza and the Cinue Terre. It feels like a new found treasure when you walk in with beautiful colors and so much to see in such a small place, from hand made bowls,water jugs, olive oil sets and jewellery all made in Italy, to a very unique and beautiful t shirt.
What to buy: If you are looking for a t shirt that will be an amazing reminder of your trip to Vernazza and Cinque Terre, La Buatta is the place to go, not only for Vernazza but the Cinque Terre as a whole. I have yet to find one as nice.
What to pay: anywhere from 10 to 30 euro will get you a great gift from La Buatta,hand made in Italy
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