Shopping in Tropea
When you are in Italy be ready for unplanned expenses 🙂 Sorry, but it’s impossible to stay indifferent when passing by some local shops. And I’m not talking of course about the pure touristic places offering calabrese magnets manufactured in China, red onions, pepperoncino, nduja or even local made viagra turistico. Even though it’s a touristic region (like the major part of Italy), remember we have those dark tiny streets with endless turnarounds… And bingo! They will lead us to those authentic shopaholic heavens.
Acqua Degli Dei – the local perfumery brand, named after the coast of gods – this one is on the main street – Corso di Vittorio Emanuelle, however before spotting it we entered into a different shop which was hidden in the darkness of tiny streets 🙂
Selvans – the natural cosmetics shop we accidently found. They have a wide range of perfumes based on essential oils from various local manufacturers. This means you can buy an olive flower, bergamot, vanilla, orange perfume 🙂 We did! These plain perfumes cost 15-20 EUR per bottle. As well they have a huge portfolio of creams, scrabs, natural oils, shampoos, lip balms, candles etc. The place is a bit costly (a scrub I liked was 30 EUR – which is a bit too much for a small package on my opinion), however it’s really made of natural ingredients. The shop is located just in front of the Il Vecchio Granaio restaurant (see more at What to do in Tropea | Aeolian Islands category)
La Calabresella – a beautiful shop with hand painted ceramics, made in Italy. That’s where we stopped for a while and if I didn’t have a carry-on luggage only, I would end up fulfilling my kitchen with dishes in Calabrese style. The plates they sell can be used for both decoration on walls and actually serving. They also have Calabrian masks which are used to defend the house from evil – well, those masks look so scary that I wouldn’t risk bringing them home if I had a child with active imagination. You can buy local made magnets which also defend from the bad and also some ‘useless’ Chinese magnets as stated by the shop owner 🙂 The shop is located outside the centre and even though there is a very similarly functioning ceramics boutique in the old city – I preferred to buy presents here. It looked and felt more authentic and the owner was a very hippie guy 🙂
Gioite – A great place which saved us from buying typical touristic beach towels! In our first morning we had to pick up the vouchers for our scheduled trips from CST Tropea, however the Italian advisor in the agency asked us to wait for our English-speaking lady, with whom we were in correspondence (read about it in the What to do in Tropea | Aeolian Islands section). So we had half an hour to walk around Tropea. Turning left and right, right and left we found ourselves in front of a shop with handicrafts from linen and cotton – beautiful table cloths, bedding, bread sacks, aprons, beach towels, bags and also hand-made jewelry from bronze! We bought there a lot and luckily (because at the end our hand luggage was drastically full), we didn’t have too much cash in our pockets and they don’t accept cards. I’m very happy that I found the name of this shop in the numerous cards I saved during the trip – it’s a really worth visiting shopping place!
Teta Boutique Vulcano – this is a very special shop for me! Well, I’m a fan of hats and was upset that couldn’t find a special, unique hat neither in Bucharest when preparing for the trip, nor in Tropea (only those touristic ones). So I couldn’t pass by a shop with various hats in their window. The two ladies inside helped me to find the best fit for me with the most authentic look – my handmade black & white hat is on me now, when writing these lines. But not only the hat, they had a perfectly matching black straw beg. And not only for me, but also for my sister who always denied wearing hats – well, I forced her, and she’s still trying to get used to this new look. We couldn’t leave that Audrey Hepburn striped hat there!
Kappery shopping store Stromboli – a place where my Italian silver heritage comes from 🙂 They also have pareos, t-shirts, vintage begs, volcanic jewelry and many other girlish self-presents!