Ionian Coast shopping

Fashion & Accessories in Taormina


A bastion of 'Made in Italy', this easy-to-miss boutique offers sharp edits of men's threads, shoes and accessories from unique local and mainland designers. Expect anything from hand-painted leather belts from Sici…
Cosmetics in Catania

Boudoir 36

Engineer by day, fragrance maestro by night, Antonio Alessandria indulges his passion for scents at his lavish little perfumery. You won't find mainstream brands here, just serious, cognoscenti wonders from the like…
Jewellery in Taormina


Made in Sicily and not sold anywhere off the island, the colourful earrings, bracelets and pendants of the Isola Bella jewellery line are reason enough to browse at this shop near Porta Catania. Other Italian lines …
Ceramics in Taormina

Carlo Mirella Panarello

This eclectic shop is a fun place to browse for citrus-themed ceramics, as well as jewellery, bags and hats. The store does not break for lunch from April to September.
Food & Drinks in Taormina

La Torinese

Stock up on local olive oil, capers, marmalade, honey and wine. Smash-proof bubble wrapping helps to bring everything home in one piece.
Ceramics in Taormina


Local artist Marco Monforte runs this shop specialising in colourful Sicilian tiles and made-to-order ceramics.
Art in Catania


Tabaré sells the wares of five female Catanian artisans. Marisa Casaburi creates whimsical models and sculptures in papier maché, Carla Marletta turns recyclables into photo frames, while Ljubiza Mezzatesta's notebo…
Market in Catania

La Fiera

Every morning except Sunday, Piazza Carlo Alberto (just off Via Etnea) is flooded by the chaos of La Fiera. Not dissimilar to a Middle Eastern kasbah, the market peddles everything from curvaceous eggplants and oran…
Food in Mount Etna

Oro d'Etna

On the eastern slopes of Mt Etna, the small town of Zafferana Etnea has a long tradition of apiculture, producing up to 35% of Italy's honey. For a taste, visit Oro d'Etna, where you can try honey made from the blos…