Basilicata - Italy
ABOVE: Don't leave Maratea without edible souvenirs and gifts such as these Caciocavallo cheeses made by the Caseificio Fratelli Starace in nearby Silla di Sassano.
In the historic center, La Farmacia dei Sani offers gourmet foods that would cost three times as much at Fortnum & Mason or Willams-Sonoma (assuming that you could even find such delicacies in an Anglo-Saxon gourmet shop). For example:
Other products at La Farmacia dei Sani include flavored olive oils, grappas, sweet chestnuts in honey, and Dolceria d'Uva (must of grapes with honey, which is spread on slices of fresh ricotta cheese to make a simple but tasty dessert). The store also offers gift packs and will put together custom gift assortments in traditional reed boxes.
Maratea shops offer tiles, ceramic knickknacks, lace, woodcarvings, baskets, and other items that are useful as gifts or souvenirs. Containers woven from river rushes, once used by shepherds to hold ricotta and other cheeses, are popular with visitors.
Mondo Maratea has several shops that cater to the Platinum Card set. Three are next door to the Santavenere Hotel in Fiumicello di Maratea:
Also in Fiumicello di Maratea is the Rocchetti jewelry store.
Other clothing boutiques, perfumers, etc. are in Maratea's historic center, which is compact and easy to explore.
Check with your hotel's receptionist for shopping hours, which may vary with the season. (Shops generally close from about 1 to 4 p.m. and on Sunday and Monday mornings.)
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