Shopping handcrafts in Sicily are easy to find
They are the guardians of old traditions past 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.
Shopping and craftt in Trapani and surroundings, there is a beautiful coral: artisans are busy making jewelry and peculiar shaped objects out of this gemstone, carrying on centuries of old traditions. You can see this coral at the Pepoli museum in all its glory.
Techniques for modeling a changing material such as the Mediterranean coral have been handed down to the new generations over-time, and the craftsmen from Sciacca today interpret beautifully such traditions.
They manage to combine creativity and contemporary taste.
These puppets are very common in Palermo, Catania and Siracusa.
The refined pottery from Caltagirone, near Catania, is very well placed in Sicilian art crafts. It is also very well connected to the Sicilian town because of the origin of its name (Qal’at al Ghiran in Arabic means “vases fortress”). There are lots of shops along the narrow streets that offer beautiful vases, plates, tiles, ornaments, statues, chandeliers, and more.
Let’s keep shopping: the Erice carpets. Women weaving in their homes and creating real masterpieces were so many in the past. Nowadays, very few of them are active, indeed this ancient and fascinating art is not yet lost.
In Santo Stefano di Camastra and in the other towns on the coast from Palermo to Messina, we can find famous pottery. Sicilian pottery is very well known worldwide.
How nice to stroll down 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.
Don’t miss the interesting Sicilian Ceramics collection belonging to the Museum of Ceramics on display at Palazzo Trabia.
Not far away from the Palermo Cathedral you can find the flee Market, on a walking distance from anywhere in the center. It is an indoors market, where each craftsman shows and sells his or her merchandise within a tin shop. This market preserves a real treasure: antique pieces of furniture and objects, interesting vintage ones, and modern art. The products are either all local or come from the rest of Italy. On Sunday another flee Market is open in Piazza Marina.
Besides crafts, there are local culture products inherited from a long time, that can also satisfy those who are careful to fashion and new trends. In big cities like Palermo and Catania, there are several malls and many trendy shops downtown; the main streets for shopping are: via Libertà and via Ruggero in Palermo, via Etnea and via Italia in Catania.
Sicilia Outlet Village is an outlet where purchases are affordable. It is in Dittaino, near Enna, right in the heart of Sicily. You take the A19 Palermo – Catania and spend your time among 140 stores selling national and international brands.
Now, let’s talk about the most appreciated topic: food and wine. Besides the delicious street food, like arancino and Italian-ice, great for take-away, there are also the cassata and cannoli, Modica’s cioccolata, Monreale’s cookies, genovesi di Erice, martorana’s fruit, Prickly pear’s mustard, Bronte’s pistachio, Castelbuono’s cookies, Castelvetrano’s brown bread, and much more.
Sicilian wines are very good. Their traditional flavors can transfer the soul of the island.