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The Sorrento historical centre is the ideal place for shopping, from the seafront to the narrow streets, leading to the main street area, thousands of souvenirs can be found.
Typical hand-craft marquetry, hand-stitched tablecloths, coloured handmade sandals, distilleries and local gastronomic products are available.The inlaid wooden marquetry (intarsio) created by the Sorrentine artisans, who patiently and skillfully decorate wooden objects with delicate inlays, creating a variety of patterns and colors.
Their workshops are lined with piles of small boxes pressed into clamps, put out in open air for glue to dry in the sun. This gives character and colour to the streets, making it pleasant to walk all around the old town.
You can also buy a myriad of delicacies: limoncello liqueurs in hand-painted bottles, almond and lemon cakes, orange patries, buscuits, jams, and local handmade gelato.
Along the main street, Corso Italia, many shops offer the most famous “Made in Italy” brands for your clothing and accessories.
A lot of the shops (apart from some tourist orientated places) close each day from about 1:00pm until 4:30 - 5:00 pm for the afternoon siesta. They then remain open to 8:00 - 9:00pm.
Every week on Tuesday mornings there is an outdoor market on Via San Renato (up the hill behind Sorrento railway station) where you can buy all sorts of goods from clothing to jewelry as well as shoes, household goods and fresh and packaged food, most of which will be less expensive than in the shops. If you are a wise shopper, chances are you will find some great deals.