What To Buy In Sicily, Italy

what to buy in sicily
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Italy is, without question, one of the world’s must-visit travel destinations. When making a plan to visit Italy, it would be super if you also include Sicily, an island in the southern part of Italy that is endowed with such remarkable natural beauty, architectural gems and charming ruins. Be captivated by the unrivalled beauty of Taormina, a hilltop town that sits peacefully on the east coast of Sicily. While in Taormina, make a stop at an ancient Greco-Roman theater named Teatro Antico di Taormina. From the theater, you can enjoy the views of the sea, sandy beaches and the cliffs. You should also spend a day or two at the island’s capital Palermo. Here, you can marvel at Palermo Cathedral. This 12th-century building is one of the most popular landmarks in Palermo and it serves as the place for royal tombs. If you are fond of opera, indulge in a performance at Teatro Massimo that showcases a neoclassical style. Now, you can forget about the wonderful attractions for a bit and focus on what to bring back home either for yourself or loved ones. Keep reading to find out what to buy in Sicily and where you can buy them.

1. Caltagirone pottery

Vaso di ceramica-Caltagirone
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There is no pottery as pretty as the Caltagirone pottery. To choose from a selection of Caltagirone pottery, there is no place better than Caltagirone itself, which is a town nestled in Val de Noto. The brightly decorated pottery looks attractive even from far. This handmade product can be found easily and plenty of pottery products are available, including cutlery sets and furniture. Believe us that it will not be easy to choose which to buy because they all are just too lovely.

Staircase of Santa María del Monte

Address: Scala Santa Maria del Monte, 11, 95041 Caltagirone CT, Italy

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Price: from EUR 20 (USD 22)

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2. A bottle of wine

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Wine is probably the most ideal gift you can give to someone as it somehow gives the feeling of luxury. It will also be a perfect gift for yourself. When you pour that wine and savor it in your mouth, you cannot help but reminisce about the incredible moments you spent in Sicily over the sunset on the gorgeous beach. Sicily is also known as an island with different regions producing different wines. Marsala wine and Syrah wine are probably the most popular ones, so make sure to buy either one or both of them.

La Sirena Ubriaca

Address: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 39, 91025 Marsala TP, Italy

Opening Hours: 10AM-1PM, 5PM-2AM

Price: from EUR 16 (USD 18)

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3. Marranzano

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Music lovers may already know what a marranzano is. If you are not familiar with the Italian name of this musical instrument, you may know it by its other names, such as mouth harp and jaw harp. Talking about Sicilian tradition, marranzano is used for the tarantella folk dances. The sound that comes out of this instrument is so good and it is monophonic. As a music lover, you should definitely buy a marranzano for your collection. You will learn how to play it using your mouth, fingers and of course, breath.

BimBamBoom (online shop)

Price: from EUR 10.60 (USD 12)

Website: BimBamBoom

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4. Coppola

Modelli di coppole
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Simple but stylish—this may be the reason for the popularity of the traditional Sicilian hat called a coppola, especially among young Sicilian people. The coppola hat comes in both thicker versions to be worn during winter and lighter versions to make your summer more pleasant. Buy one and you will look stylish every day with your coppola hat.

La Coppola Storta

Address: Via Bara All'Olivella, 72, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy

Opening Hours: 10.30AM-7.30PM (Sun-Mon), 10.30AM-1.30PM, 3.30PM-7.30PM (Tue-Fri), 10.30AM-1.30PM, 3.30PM-7.30PM (Sat)

Price: from EUR 30 (USD 34)

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5. Lava stone products

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Thanks to two active volcanoes that can be found in Sicily, you can find some lava stone products to bring home and keep for yourself or give to friends as souvenirs. Interestingly, many buildings and streets in Sicily also use lava stone. This heavy stone has been creatively made into various products such as necklaces, bracelets or home decoration items including jars and bowls.

Italian Luxury Lavastone

Address: via calabitrulli, 5, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy

Opening Hours: 10AM-9PM

Price: from EUR 100 (USD 113)

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6. Sicilian ceramics

Sicilian ceramics
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Sicily is known for its traditional ceramics called the Sicilian ceramics. These ceramics come in many styles, but the most loved one is probably the Caltagirone style. These ceramics can be found in many products, such as plates, cups and platters. Be careful when you transport them home because they are fragile.

Ceramiche Managò

Address: Piazza S. Domenica, 1, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy

Opening Hours: 9AM-8PM

Price: from EUR 30 (USD 34)

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7. Puppets

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Sicilian people are fond of puppets. Puppets have become an inseparable part of their lives and the puppet storytelling tradition has been there from generation to generation. This is the reason you should buy some traditional puppet characters, so whenever you see them you will remember your beautiful vacation in Sicily. Puppets can be easily found in the markets and stores across the island.

Argento Vincenzo

Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele, 445, 90134 Palermo PA, Italy

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8. Martorana

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It may be difficult to find martorana elsewhere in the world, so while you are in Sicily, make sure to buy some. Also known as marzipan fruit, martorana has a sweet taste that will make you crave for more. If you decide to bring a basket of martorana home, it would be nice to also buy some dessert wine that will be a perfect pair for the fruit.

Oranges of Sicily - Martorana Salvatore

Address: Viale Alpi, 2, 92016 Ribera AG, Italy

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Price: from EUR 15 (USD 17)

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Enjoy a heavenly vacation in Sicily

Market, Catania, Sicily,
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With all the sea, hills and mountains surrounding Sicily, this largest Mediterranean Island promises unbeatable pleasure. Taste this piece of paradise and you can have that heavenly vacation you once dreamed of. Only in Sicily! And, don’t forget to buy some of the goods mentioned above as souvenirs or gifts.

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