Siena Shopping

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    De Miccoli: Pizzicheria - delizie Toscane

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 28, 2012

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    De Miccoli

    De Miccoli is shop offering salami, cheese, olive oil, wines, drinks, truffles, sandwiches, all in a typical Italian relaxing atmosphere, maybe too relaxed. The ambient is an old fashionable shops from 60's of last sentury and it makes it special and cosy.
    The shop isn't perfectly clean, the owner and his assistant not too kind and missing some basic manners.
    No photo inside of the shop is De Miccoli rule!

    What to buy: By De Miccoli sandwiches is the best one could imagine, the best salami or cheeses, the best wines Tuscany could made. I strongly recommend to try porchetta.
    During peak lunch hours there can be a long line moving very slowly but nobody cares about and nobody quit of waiting.

    What to pay: Do not have any illusions though, comparing to other similar shops in Italy De Miccoli is very expensive. Sandwich and glass of wine could cost more then one will pay for complete lunch in the local trattoria. Average sandwich cost between 10 and 15 euros. I took porchetta and glass of red wine for a price of 23 euros.

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    Art & craft shops: Terracotta di Siena

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 28, 2012

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    gift shop next to the Baptistry of the Dome
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    Siena is well known for its ceramic works and it has very long tradition as well as in the rest of Tuscany. There is fine small subterranean gift-shop with the local craft works, right next to the Baptistry, offering ceramics and art reproductions, religious items and hand crafted ceramics which is the mosr expensive. It is called Artigianato Senese.
    There a few other shops in the city area, worth of visiting too.

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    Universal Market: Universal Market

    by joiwatani Written Nov 12, 2011
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    On my way to the Piazza Del Campo, I saw this tiny store (the stores are all the same- they have tiny doors) and they sold different kinds of Asian foods. It is called the Universal Market.

    I saw that they also sell some Filipino food (of course, in cans!). The only difference is that the Italians called Filipinos, "Filippinis".

    The stores also sell Korean, Chinese and some African food.

    For a store like this to thrive in Siena where I didn't see a lot of diversity, it must cater to a few expats from the Philippines and Africa!

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    Sognidicarta: Children's souvenir shop

    by joiwatani Written Nov 12, 2011

    This is the place to go if you have children at home and wanted to buy something special from your trip in Siena.

    They have different unique stuff toys. They have Hello Kitty's purses and handbags.

    They also sell postcards, calendars, etc.

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    La Bottega di Gabriella: Italian Souvenirs

    by joiwatani Written Nov 12, 2011

    This is not the same as the other store that is located at the entrance of Via Della Sapenza. It's a different store with many souvenirs to choose from.

    There are postcards, key chains, picture frames, jewelries, potteries, photographs of Italy, etc.

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    Gabriella Souvenirs: Souvenirs

    by joiwatani Written Nov 12, 2011
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    This is one among the many souvenir shops in Siena. This is located going to the center of Siena. They sell different potteries, flags, postcards, key chains, etc.

    One thing weird about this place though was that they hang a flag in front of the door and the flag is in Italian colors with a huge "male organ" picture on it.

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    Libreria Feltrinelli: The bookshops of choice: Feltrinelli

    by Trekki Updated Dec 18, 2010

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    Feltrinelli Books, the travel book store

    The good thing of having taken Italian lessons at Dante School was that I got “local” tips of where to buy things and didn’t need to stick to the overpriced tourist stuff around the Campo. Thanks to Letizia I went to Libreria Feltrinelli to buy a map for my weekend trip, since this trip wasn’t planned at all. I also bought a good book with verb tables in Italian, some postcards and even Donna Leon's newest "Commissario Brunetti" book in English at a reasonable price. Feltrinelli has three shops in Siena, all in Via Banca di Sopra (the road which connects the Campo with Piazza Gramci, where the overland busses leave from). One is specialised in language and travel books and others in Italian books. The one for travel books is easy to find, it is the smallest one and the one which is closer to the Campo (see photo).

    Libreria Feltrinelli on Google Maps

    © Ingrid D., November 2010.

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    La Boutique del Caffè di Baldi & Parrini SNC: Mhhh... bring coffee back home

    by Trekki Updated Dec 4, 2010

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    In case you want to treat yourself, friends or family with nice delicious souvenirs, La Boutique del Caffè is one of the places! They have heaps of coffee and tea and a rather big selection of chocolates of all kind, including what is called fondente (which would be fudge, but not the caramelised but the chocolate version). I had to close my eyes and just ask for coffee, freshly ground, because otherwise I would have bought everything that was on display, haha. The coffee came in several selections and I picked two for my Bialetti machine, one mild and one a bit stronger. 300 g of each was approx. 7 Euro. Although the bags were sealed after they were filled with the fresh ground coffee, the whole apartment smelled like one big caffè. I still am having my morning coffee with this caffè and sweet memories come back anytime I smell the aroma when my Bialetti is almost filled with this thick delicious brown liquid.

    The shop, by the way, is another of Letizia’s great suggestions. Thanks again, my dear!

    Directions:
    From Campo, walk into the road Banca di Sopra, pass Nannini’s and turn right at the little piazza with the church. Walk into Via C. Angiolieri and look for the shop at the left hand side.
    La Boutique del Caffè on Google Maps

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    Bini: Oh so delicious Senese pastry at Bini’s

    by Trekki Updated Dec 3, 2010

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    Bini's jewels - oh yummm :-)

    Like most of Italian towns, Siena also has its typical and very much delicious pastries. The most famous place to buy these is most probably Nannini’s, the shop of Gianna and Alessandro Nannini’s family. But there are others and I am happy that my host Orietta made myself to know Bini. It is located in s a street where most of the tourists won’t pass by (= i.e. outside of the axis Campo - Duomo). Most of our evenings, Orietta put one of Bini’s delicious pastries as dessert on the table and it was very difficult to chose which one I liked most. But at the end it was clear that it was ricciarelli, almond and marzipan sweets, shaped like an almond (and said to represent the Madonna’s eyes). The other specialities of Bini were cantuccini (although they are a typical middle Italian pastry) and the famous panforte. The shop has a huge window where one can watch the pasticciere at work. Someone even made a video about Bini, which I have added to the website section below (4 minutes). On my last day I bought some of Bini’s specialities:
    Panforte (500 g cake): 10 Euro, ricciarelli (300 g): 7,20 Euro.

    Directions:
    On the way from Campo to the duomo continue to walk through Via di Città continue on this road, which becomes Via di Stalloreggi now, instead of turning right to the duomo at the column with wolf & twins on top. Bini is at the left just next to the arch at the end of this street.

    Bini on Google Maps

    © Ingrid D., November 2010.

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  • Antica Sienca and Baccus Wine Shop: Shipping Guarantee at Antica Siena Means nothing

    by HDWilliams Written Jan 21, 2009

    The shipping guarantee espoused by Antica Siena and the Bacchus wine shop means nothing to them. We purchased 350 euro of wine from them in June 2007. The shipment was labelled as gifts rather than as wine and therefore seized by Canada Customs. Canada Customs sent the seizure documents to Antica Siena. We contacted them and were promised a refund if we sent them our banking information which we did. In the past year and a half we have contacted them about this refund numerous times. We've had many promises - "we'll send it next week, my mother has been sick". Our refund has never arrived. Now, the refuse to answer our emails.

    Don't think that their disregard of their shipping guarantee only applies to wine. If they won't guarantee a shipment of wine, they won't guarantee a shipment of pottery either.

    What to buy: Beware of shopping at Antica Siena or Bacchus Wine shop. They do not honor their shipping guarantee.

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    Supermarkets: Panforte in Siena (San Gimignano)

    by Aniuccia Written Feb 24, 2008

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    Panforte is very tasty!!! When i brought it in my Moscow office, it was eaten in a moment:) My favourite i "Margherita".
    But i didn't buy it in small shops in the center of Siena, 'cause the price is higher than in a supermarket. For example, this one on the foto i bought in San Gimigniano's supermarket and it costed about 3-4 euro for 420 g, while in the center of San Giminiano and Siena it costed 7-8 euro for a much smaller piece. At least i always can get it for 7 euro (for 600 gr) in the airport Milano Malpensa.

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    Souvenirs

    by painterdave Written Jan 28, 2007

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    Kids love these souvenir stands
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    While you are resting you can pick up a gelato and shop for souvenirs, post cards, and other suitcase stuffers.
    There are also shops with local crafts throughout Siena. You can even get a pair of shoes made to the exact specifications of you feet.
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    What to pay: Prices for these things are pretty much the same no matter where in Italy you are.

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    Siena is a shoppers paradise: Clothing, food & wine

    by sue_stone Written Nov 7, 2006

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    Hmmm...so much to choose from!
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    For those shopaholics out there Siena has plenty of shops to keep you amused. If you are after clothing, check out the fancy boutiques on Bianchi di Sopra and on Via di Citta.

    There are tempting food shops at every turn, filled with colourful pasta, biscuits & other sweet treats, cheeses and cured meats. On top of this they all sell a large selection of Tuscan wines....I could browse for hours! One particularly interesting shop is Antica Drogheria Manganelli (at Via di Citta 71-73). They have been making their tasty panforte since 1879.

    What to buy: For market fans, if you happen by on a Wednesday you can check out the big, lively market held in front of the Fortezza. The market sells everything from clothing to food to junk - a great place for a browse or to stock up on fresh produce if you are self catering.

    There is also an antique market which is held in Piazza del Mercato on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

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    Scarves: Scarves

    by newsphotogirl Written Oct 23, 2006

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    I don't remember the name of this store but it was on the main street to the Campo. I'll look it up I promise. But they sold all types of beautiful scarves. And they were less expensive than the other shops near the Campo. I bought a cashmere scarf for 13 euros. Sigh. I should have bought more. A guest at our hotel in Florence was the one to suggest we look for this store. She didn't know the name of it but was able to describe where it was located.

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    Any sweets shop...: Panforte

    by nikki-the Written Aug 30, 2006

    Any sweets shop in Siena as well as most kiosks.

    What to buy: Do buy panforte in Siena from which it traditionally comes. There is a great variety of flavours and types so do buy a variety.

    What to pay: Panforte is quite expensive. Expect prices of 20-30 Euros per kilo. If you buy pre-packaged, then it will be more expensive but it is certainly possible to buy a wedge off the round.

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