Typical Local Goods
The Naples region is famous for its porcelain and pottery (Capodimonte and Vietri, for example), inlaid wood (Sorrento), and cameo and coral work (Pompeii region in particular). The USO Naples offers great opportunities to shop these typical products during the daily tours offered weekly. Including cameo factories, unlaid wood at Sorrento, and coral in Pompeii. Join us for these tours and let us take you to the very best deals in town.
Main Naples shopping districts include the Galleria Umberto and Via Roma/Via Toledo downtown, and the Vomero section. Main department stores include Upim and Standa. Other stores range from the small corner shop, up to larger supermercatos and centro commerciale (shopping center) outlets. Some, like Panorama in Formia, Euromercato in Casoria and CittÃ¦nbsp; Mercato in Pompeii and especially in Mugnano, are large enough to rightly claim to be small U.S.- style malls. In almost all places, you are expected to bag your own purchases; small bags are usually available for about 150-200 euro each.
Shopping hours in Italy tend to be Monday-Saturday, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and then from about 4:30-8 p.m. Shops usually close in the afternoon (although the supermercati generally stay open), and few are open on Sundays.
Here is a list of the most popular markets in the Naples area.
- Mercato delle Pulci: Open Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Main items: junk, coins, lamps, tables, and a few real antiques. Located on via Poggioreale, near the graveyard, northeast of the central Naples train station. Take the Metropolitana to Piazza Garibaldi (main train station) and then walk or take a bus/trolley.
- Shoe Alley: Open Sun., Mon. and Fri. 7 a.m.-2 p.m.. Main items: shoes, clothing and material. Located on via Marino di Caramanico. Take the Corso Malta Tangenziale exit, go straight until the first stop light, turn left on via Nuova Poggioreale. Via Marino di Caramanico is the second side street off via Nuova Poggioreale.
- Gold Alley: Open: Normal shopping hours. Main items: gold, jewelry. Located on Via San Biagio dei Librai. Take the Metropolitana to Piazza Cavour, walk down the main road east, turn right on Via Duomo, turn right four blocks later, onto Via San Biagio dei Librai.
- Christmas Alley: Open: Normal shopping hours late Nov. until Christmas, extended to later at night and Sundays as Christmas gets closer. Located on a side alley leading off Via San Biagio dei Librai. Main items: Creches (manger scenes) and figurines; often very elaborate. Naples is famous for these items. Follow directions as to Gold Alley.
- Thieves Alley (Mercato Duchesca): Open: Mon.- Sat. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Main items: Clothing, sportswear and equipment, camping gear, radio and stereo gear, some furniture and furnishings. Located in the many narrow streets due west of the main train station behind the statue of Garibaldi. This is a commercial district and most of tables of items for sale are located just outside small shops.
- Mercato S. Antonio Abate (Buvero): Open: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Main items: food of all sorts; beware of sanitary conditions. Located north of the central Naples train station, on the street Borgo S. Antonio Abate, which runs parallel to Corso Garibaldi. Known locally as "Buvero," so ask for that when asking for directions.
- Vomero market (Mercato di Antignano): Open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Main items: fruit and vegetables, clothing, household items. Located in the Vomero section of Naples, about six blocks from the Funicolare stations. From Piazza Vanvitelli, follow via Bernini about four blocks to the north. The edge of the market will be on the left.
- Fuorigrotta market: Open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Main items: fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese and other foods; plus kitchen gadgets, household items and plastic ware. Located directly across the street from the Cumana train station in Fuorigrotta, about six blocks from the soccer stadium (there is a small alley leading to the market). This market is semi-permanent, covered with standing stalls, although some vendors drive up trucks and park them around the outside.
- Antiques market: Open Sun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Main items: Antiques. Located in Villa Comunale (city park), which is along the Naples waterfront between Mergellina and the Castel Dell'Ovo. Drive, or take the Metropolitana to Mergellina, walk to the water, turn left and walk to the park. Bagnoli market: Open Mon.- Sat. 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Main items: similar to the Fuorigrotta market. Located in Bagnoli in the side streets just down from the Metropolitana train station, which is about two blocks from the AFSOUTH front gate.
- Pozzuoli fish market: Open: Tues.- Sun, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., open earlier Sun., which is the best day to go. Main items: Fresh seafood of all types. Located along the pier in old Pozzuoli, near the Tempio Serapide and the ferry/hydrofoil landings. There are also smaller suburban markets (in Monterusciello and on Via Staffetta in Lago Patria, for example). Ask your sponsor or neighbors for details.