I am almost sure this "no foto" sign was put intentionally, so that tourists and visitors take pictures of the shop-gallery. There was staff inside of the shop who noticed while was taking the pics but they just didn't care to step out and warning me. Anyway, this shop-gallery always have interesting works to show.
The other one is ceramics shop, very close in the next alley, offering nice craft-works which aren't serial industrial work and therefore cost a bit more then in other similar shops.
The last one is "La Fiorita", held by Fiorenzo and his wife Rita, which is one of my favourite shops in Sirmione. I never mis to visit it because my wife is expecting to bring home the magical additives which makes food to taste much better......%s?
The Italian craftsmen make terracotta products of superior designes and quality. This shop, siruated in the the old core of the town, offers houndreds of pitoresque articles to remind you on visiting the place. It offers serial works but nicely done, products which aren't expensive and yet it could be a nice memory on Sirmione.
What to buy: Not easy to suggest, make your own choice.
What to pay: From about 10 up to 50 euros a piece
There excist only one enoteca in Sirmione but it is a must see for all those who really enjoying in wines of superb quality. The owner is wine freak character, a rare combination of both trader and wine lover. If he recognize in you a wine lover then you will have to spend some time in his shop and listening the stories of wines which cost over thousands euros for a bottle. He also content there few wines which cost up to five thousand....
The glass display case on the street outside Il Gabbiano immediately draws the eye to a perfection of glorious attire for the designer baby and toddler. I passed the shop a dozen or more times and finally I could ignore it no longer. The pretty dresses and elegant cashmere baby cardigans called to me and I couldn't resist.
The older lady who was behind the counter that day was more than helpful and not a bit pushy. As a result I bought more than I intended
This particular shop stocks a lot of the Italian designers including Dolce and Gabanna, Bluemarine and Alviero Martini; they also have quite a penchant for Burberry.
Expect to pay heavily for these items as they are in a class above and beyond the more popularly seen Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hillfiger that we see a lot in ireland. Expect, also, to come away with the most perfectly designed and entirely different little items of clothing all wrapped perfectly and tied with gold ribbon.
What to buy: What not to buy? I warn you to resist....or your bank manager will do it for you!
What to pay: A lot! Pay a hundred euro or more for toddlers jeans, three hundred for a tiny white fur coat, and so on.
There are those who claim that the art of letter writing is dead or dying. I disagree. I believe that this almost dead art has had a rebirth with the prolific use of email and has simply taken on a new form.
However, for those who still enjoy letter writing in its beautiful and original format there is noplace like Italy for purchasing fine writing paper and writing implements.
The best shop in which to purchase these items in Sirmione is Benzoni.
What to buy: I purchased leather bound diaries and blank books, a travel journal (again leather bound), stunning wrapping paper, gift tags, unusual bookmarks and calendars, pretty notelets and writing paper.....the list goes on. I also admired old fashioned ink pens and calligraphy sets with multicoloured inks.
The shop also has a very good selection of guide books and maps and once again I indulged. These days I like to purchase a street map of each place I visit to mark out where places are for future reference.
I visited this shop four times during my week there and would have bought more but for the weight of paper products.
Oh, they also sell the coveted Hello Kitty products for big and little kids alike!
What to pay: These are high quality products so they're not cheap; however you can get bookmarks for as little as a euro and calendars for just four euro. Prices go up from there and a genuine leather bound journal will start at a little over thirty euro for something really nice.
There are cuople of very good clothing shops in Sirmione which offers high quality and designed ready made garments. Among them Gianni Versace is the best known trade-mark.
What to buy: Woman cloths made of excellent fabrics, superior designs and very good quality.
What to pay: The cloths is very expensive here, minimum prices is 100 euros up to several hundreds.
The Art Gallery shop is situated in the Main Street, right opposite to Terme di Catullo. It offers works of art made by the contemporary Italian artists. Each work of art is unique piece.
What to buy: Paintings or sculptures
What to pay: From 500 euros and up
There are few souveniers shops in the main street of Sirmione, worth of visiting. This one offers souveniers made of steel and other methals. I was in particularly attracted with this nicely made bells which can be used as ringing bell for the house.
What to buy: Bells
What to pay: from 10 to 20 euros
There are several cheap clothes shops in Sirmione. Some have an only price (it's so simple).
This one is "all for 20 Euros".
An other was at 15 Euros. The cheapest was at 10 Euros.
We did not see a shop at 5 Euros or a free shop.
What is the difference between clothes at 20 and at 15 euros ? you ask.
I answer : 5 euros.
But I am not a specialist.
What to pay: 20 Euros.
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If you want a cheap pair of shoes you are not obliged to bring back home, buy it there.
What to pay: 5 to 10 Euros