Antiques and pottery are the most common items you will find for sale in Taormina. Both are of excellent quality, but prices are subject to the influence of the place and the enormous demand originated by the many tourists who now visit almost all year around. Prices will likely be highest during summertime, from June to September, which is peak tourist season.
There are plenty of stores in Taormina, mainly on Via Luigi Pirandello and Viale San Pancrazio. If Taormina is not the only town that you will visit on your trip, you may want to wait with your souvenir shopping until you visit other cities on your way to Palermo, as Taormina is the most expensive one. Pottery, especially terra cotta, is a popular memento for visitors to Sicily, and Taormina has an abundance.
Ditta, one of the many gift shops along Corso Umberto in Taormina, is especially friendly. The workers are known to be very nice and outgoing, even if you are only looking to buy postcards the staff will go out their way to help you. In fact, you may have a warmer experience wherever you go when you attempt to speak Italian. The only main downside that is consistently reported is the all of the shops in Taormina are very much on the pricey side. In addition to Ditta, other souvenirs do look appealing, and in general, many find that there are no special souvenirs across Sicily except beautiful ceramic dishes, which you will find most anywhere.
The main shopping street, Corso Umberto, stretches from Porta Messina to Porta Catania and is quite packed with elegant shops, boutiques and cafes, as this is also the main street of Taormina. Every single building seems to have a street level with all types of commerce on offer, from food to shoes and clothing. Be aware that none of the prices in this town are cheap. There is also a popular perfume store on this street, which surprisingly, does not carry a large selection of perfume. Basically, there is nothing special there, however, there are no other perfume stores in Siracuse or Agrigento. Palermo does have one, but their selection is even smaller than the shop on Corso Umberto.
If everything in Sorrento is made with lemons, everything in Sicily is made with almonds. Taormina has many pasticcerias which sell a tempting range of almond sweets, including beautifully made marzipan fruits. There are many varieties, including a true to life size marzipan apples as well as smaller versions in gift boxes that make good take-home gifts.
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