The Umbria region of Italy produces some great ceramics and pottery. The quality of them is consistently high. Giacomini Ceramiche has been making ceramics since 1930 in the area. Three generations have been involved in the business. Nearly all of the items in the store are produced at the family workshop in Orvieto.
Their inventory includes plates, platters, pitchers, cups, vases, trays, and many other items. All of their items are hand painted. While Orvieto doesn't have a particularly large number of shops this one caught our eye. Inside the shop there was a wide selection of locally created items. The store also has a web site. Safe packing and shipping overseas is available. While I am not a collector of plates my wife is and I was very impressed with the quality of the items offered here.
The store is open seven days a week from early morning to early evening.
What to buy: Decorative plates from the Umbria region and Orvieto beautifully presented and hand painted by local family artisans.
What to pay: The plates tend to run anywhere from 20 to nearly 100 euros.
There is a tiny street which runs off the Piazza Duomo. On the right hand side of the street, there are a number of shops. One of these has a variety of interesting toys in the window. On closer examination, I completely fell in love with these toys -- I wound up buying six or seven of them (a Pierrot, a lion, a little soldier, a painter, the cook pictured here, and a couple of others which I put away for Christmas and can't remember) -- and heartily recommend the shop for other small souvenir items. I'll try to update this tip with the actual name of the place once my credit card statement arrives!
What to pay: The little wooden toys were between eight and eleven euros each.
The promotional material on the company's website, while a bit fulsome, does give you an idea of what you'll find within: "Il Papiro is a company which produces items in hand decorated paper with techniques inspired by the tradition of Tuscany. Established since 1976 in Firenze [it now has outlets in Venice, Roma, Pisa, Cortona, and Siena], Il Papiro introduces as first again in Italy items realised with almost extinguished techniques such as the marbleizing of paper. This, in turn, contributed to the renewed taste for items in hand decorated paper."
What to buy: I'm a paper nut -- I love to buy local wrapping paper so that the gifts I bring back will look like they actually came from the country where they were purchased. What I liked about this particular shop was (a) wonderful little sheets of embellished initials, a great one-euro gift for Christmas stockings; (b) beautiful "pop-up" or windowed cards of sites in Orvieto and Assisi; and (c) exquisite paper ware, little boxes and folders with local sights. Very light, easy to pack, and unusual.
What to pay: Hand-made papers are expensive. Although the sheets of wrapping paper weren't bad (2-3 Euros, as I recall), some of the cards ran to 5-6 Euros. I would have purchased a lovely coffee-table book with lovely covers, but it was sixty euros -- too rich for my blood.
Many stores which sell pleasant accessories and goods are in the street.
Since you are pleasant in looking if you think that you will buy a souvenir after a walk, inspection and lunch,you will be supriseded.
There is a custom of a nap in this town, and if it passes over daytime 1:00, most stores once are closed. Next opening is in late in the evening or at the night.
If there is a thing included in mind, you will be good to buy it immediately.
and you can not use a card in the store. It will be cautious also of this.
Orvieto has a small daily market of local crafts, leatherwork, and special food items made locally.
I especially like the honey that is produced here, it has a very fine flavor. You can bargain for a lower price, but most of the time it is difficult as this is not your typical market that the towns have once a week.
What to buy: Honey...See photo.
There was a man and his wife, I think from Peru who were selling CD's and tape of his music. You can see a photo of his wife selling CD's.
I saw some dyed fabric being sold and also leather purses and handbags.
What to pay: I didn't buy any major souveirs here, so I cannot tell you the price.
A friend of mine owns this small shop in the heart of Orvieto. He creates beautiful objects from timbers and his shop is also his workshop. The piece you see here is a jewelry box carved from a single piece of cherry and inlayed with mulberry using a technique developed in the 16th century. Patris’s work is now collected all over the world and it is a great place to get a small something to remember your visit to this special town.
Oh. make sure you tell him Jeff from Australia said hi and your sure to be looked after.