Let’s take a tour together through shopping and craftsmanship

Shop handcrafts in Sicily are so easy to find. They are the guardians of old traditions from the past, passed by  from father to son The obsidian handling, for instance, is a very special work craft that is still practiced nowadays in Lipari, within the Aeolian Islands and in Pantelleria island.

In Trapani and in the surrounding area, we will find a unique and precious coral: artisans are busy working this gem realizing jewelry and peculiar shaped objects, , carrying on centuries of old traditions. In Trapani, the Museum Pepoli keep a precious and ancient collection which show this in all its beauty.

In Sciacca, in the province of Agrigento, gold is red, too!

Here the techniques to work the coral of mediterranean have been handed down from the past and find in the nowadays saccensi artisans some outstanding performers, able to combine with taste, sicilian tradition and modernity.

They manage to combine creativity and contemporary taste.

We find them in Palermo, Catania and Siracusa, and all around the island: The pupi siciliani, are our puppets representing knights of the Carolingian time, the heroes protagonists of the opera dei pupi included in the oral and material heritage of UNESCO .

Teatro dei Pupi - Ph. I. Mannarano

Puppet Theater – Ph. I. Mannarano

Within the artistic Sicilian craftwork, it is famous the elegant ceramic of Caltagirone,  near Catania, so related to the Sicilian city to got its name from (QAL’AT AL GHIRAN, which in Arabic means  vases fortress”). There are lots of shops along the narrow streets selling and showing beautiful vases, plates, tiles, ornaments, statues, chandeliers, and more. The .Museo Regionale Della Ceramica deserves a visit, with its unique and wide collection of Calatine artistic ceramics, dated since iv century bc until today

Ceramics Caltagirone – ph. Paolo Barone

Let’s keep shopping in Erice , where till today there is the ancient and fascinanting art of carpet weaving. In the past, in fact, women had a frame and, from small and coloured scraps, created masterpieces. Today, in some small shops in this medieval village, it is still possible to buy coloured and different sized carpets.

Ceramics shop in Santo Stefano di Camastra – ph. Paolo Barone

In Santo Stefano di Camastra, like in the other seaside  villages which connect Palermo to Messina, we find the very famous ceramic too.

How nice to stroll down in this lovely village, walking through its crowded streets full of colorful shops. All around you, blithe streets, fountains and walls decorated with beautiful Majolica tiles. Here , the Museo della Ceramica exhibits at Palazzo Trabia a very interesting collection.

Santo Stefano di Camastra - ph. Fabio Cavasenna

Santo Stefano di Camastra – ph. Fabio Cavasenna

Not far away from the Palermo Cathedral you can find the flees Market, on a walking distance from anywhere in the center. Here, where the artisans works their products, it is kept a real treasure. the antiquities market, local or national, offers  items and furniture at good price, but it is possible to find latest pieces, vintage or modern ones. on sunday, a good alternative is the flees market in Piazza Marina.

For fashion lovers and its latest, instead, big cities like Palermo and Catania, but Siracusa, Ragusa and Taormina, close by Messina, offer great inspiration in shopping: boutiques, monobrand shops, perfume shops and some young designers ateliers stand along the most elegant street.

In the middle of Sicily, in Dittaino, close by Enna, we find the Sicilia Outlet Village with 140 shops of the best Italian and international brands. Easy to reach through the highway a19 Palermo-Catania, exit Outlet Village.

Enogastronomy needs to be highlighted. beside the street food delicacies, arancini or granite, ideal to be taken back home, there are hundreds of Sicilian specialties, known in the whole world, to buy in the workshop or specialized shops. the cassata, the cannoli, the chocholate from Modica, the biscuits from Monreale, the genovesi from Erice, the frutta martorana, the prickly pears mustard, the pistacchio from Bronte, the biscuits from Castelbuono, the black bread from Castelvetrano, the Sicilian wines, are just few of the wide range of specialties: original taste which can let you feel the soul of the island.

Vastedda del Belice and black bread of Castelvetrano – ph. P. Barone