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Shopping in Taormina

Taormina’s main street and pretty squares are the perfect place to relax. Enjoy a cappuccino and a brioche at an outdoor café, go antique shopping or sip a glass of granita at a lively bar.
Along the main street, Corso Umberto I, you will find an exciting mix of high-fashion boutiques, jewellery stores, antiques shops and arts and crafts stores selling local handicrafts, such as ceramics, wrought iron or fine marble pieces.
Stop in a patisserie for a pick-me-up and taste a delicious local treat, such as an almond paste biscuit, “cannoli” pastry or refreshing lemon “granite”.

Sicilian puppet theatre
A popular tradition in the island’s artistic scene is the puppet theatre, with shows often depicting battles between the Saracens and the Christians in the Middle Ages. These historical episodes represent values that are important to Sicilians, such as chivalry, honour, justice, faith and love. A number of shops in Taormina sell beautiful, hand-crafted puppets, enabling you to take home an authentic slice of Sicilian culture.

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Pretty pottery
Vibrantly coloured, handmade pottery decorates the streets of Taormina, and dotted here and there are workshops where artisans produce their masterpieces before your eyes. Carlo Mirella Panarello’s ceramics shop in Via A Marziani is a particular treasure that should not be missed.

Island gems
If you want a memento of Sicily’s natural elements, a visit to Kiseki Jewels in Corso Umberto I will not disappoint. The owner, a skilled maker, creates beautiful pieces out of shells, coral, lava and semi-precious stones.

Gastronomic delicacies
Expect to leave family-run delicatessen La Torinese, in Corso Umberto I, laden with mouthwatering delights such as Sicilian wines, honey, sweets, capers and conserves.

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