SHOPPING IN THE AMALFI COAST
Gastronomic delicacies, designer ceramics, and glamorous beachwear are the perfect souvenirs to take home from the Amalfi Coast and the Neapolitan Riviera.FOOD AND DRINK
Of course the gourmand's first port of call on the Amalfi Coast is Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi, home of the celebrity chef, Alfonso Iaccarino. Next to his restaurant, Alfonso has opened a delicatessen, selling typical Amalfi Coast goodies, including lemon liqueur, extra virgin olive oil and jams produced on his 'Le Peracciole' organic farm.
The gastronomic delights continue in Positano, at the bar-patisserie La Zagara. Stop here for a refreshing granita on the panoramic terrace and don't forget a tray of sfogliatelle and babà to munch on the way home. A few sharp turns later and you'll come to the Fiord of Furore where the wines of Marisa Cuomo are kept in a cellar carved out of the rock. The winery organizes both guided tours and tastings.
In nearby Minori, you'll want to stock up on pasta at Antonio Ruocco's Al Pastaio shop and indulge in the sweet concoctions showcased in the windows of Sal de Riso's legendary patisserie. In order to purchase some of Monti Lattari's exceptional fiordilatte cheese, you'll need to travel inland and up to the town of Tramonti and the Antica Latteria.CERAMICS AND CRAFTS
The Amalfi Coast still boasts a surprising number of artisan workshops, which create as well as sell unique pieces of earthenware. The areas most highly-prized ceramics are produced in the town of Vietri sul Mare. The town is full of tiny shops selling every genre of brightly colored ceramic ware and schools that teach the ancient art of pottery.
Above all, Amalfi is famous for its handmade paper, a vast selection of which can be found in the Cartiere Amatruda. You can purchase paper as well as wax, ink and antique and modern prints at the Scuderie del Duca. On the other hand, if your desire is to buy a traditional mandolin, you'll need to go to Praiano, where the Amalfi Coast's last lute maker is located.FASHION
In Capri, designer labels and chic boutiques rule the streets and narrow alleyways are crammed with labels like Gucci, Versace and Dolce and Gabbana.
In Sorrento, the Corso Italia brims with boutiques while the old quarter overflows with little artisan shops selling inlaid wood and bottles of limoncello. On Tuesdays there's a big market at the top of town where handmade jewelry is easy to come by as is leather. Expect to see row upon row of handmade leather shoes and tables stacked with purses, wallets, belts and bags.
The Amalfi Coast is famous for having invented the 'hippy-chic' style: a sophisticated, Mediterranean version of the apparel worn by the flower power generation, characterized by brightly colored cotton or linen blouses, head scarves, sarongs and flat, handmade sandals, which were inspired by the footwear first made on the island of Capri. The best place to purchase a pair of custom made sandals, without breaking the bank, is Maiori, in the legendary shoe shop of Alfonso Dattilo. And to get the complete Positano look, pop in to the Bottega di Brunella where Vito and Brunella have been creating beautiful designs for men, women and children using the finest linen, chenille and wool since the 1960's. And don't forget that you`ll need a bathing suit, too, maybe decorated with turquoise stones and coral, like those created by the Antica Sartoria, located on Positano's Spiaggia Grande.