Shopping in Naples, Italy
When you visit Naples*, you might be interested in shopping. For Naples is a great source for designer clothes and accessories, as well as for antiquities and handmade stuff. For that reason, I would like to introduce to you some places and give you information, if these places are worth to be visited or not. As I have been only two days in this city due to problems with my flight, I could not visit all of those notable spots where you can do some shopping. Nevertheless, at the end of this article, I will show you, where to inform about further places where you can do some shopping in Naples. So, read on folks.
Via Toledo – The classic
This is one of the longest shopping streets in Naples. Here you will find a lot of shops, boutiques, cafés and pastry shops. As Via Toledo is quite crowded, I strongly recommend you to watch your bags and wallets. For Naples is not spared from pickpockets, and negligent tourists are an easy catch.
Where to start at Via Toledo?
You can start your shopping spree at Via Toledo either close to the Piazza Plebiscito (south) or from the Piazza Museo (north). If you start frrm the south, you will also find there the Galleria Umberto just at the beginning of Via Toledo. More information about the Galleria you will find below.
From the north, Via Toledo will not start immediately, so you need to walk about 7 minutes southwards (see the map). But you could start your shopping spree from the north by visiting a vegan pizzeria (if you are a vegetarian or a vegan) called Vitto Pitagorico. I am neither a vegetarian nor a vegan and actually walked in accidentally, but I didn’t regret it. The pizza was really tasty and the organic coa-cola was also great.
Galleria Umberto I – Nothing to speak of
Before I went to Naples, I had done some research to find out, where to do some shopping for clothes or other stuff in that city. Amongst the search results I found on every search platform the Galleria Umberto I. Thus, I thought it’s a place where you can do an excessive shopping. But as I’ve been there, I need to tell you that you cannot do a real shopping at this place. Frankly, it’s beyond me, how it was possible to call this spot a shopping mall.
In fact, Galleria Umerto I is an impressive building and when you enter it, you will be fascinated by its roof dome. But inside we found just about 3 or 4 stores offering clothes, and a few bars / restaurants. Thus, in my opinion, this place has not deserved to be called a shopping mall. I think, it was a marketing strategy to spread “false” information on the internet to attract visitors.
But nevertheless you could stop by there, if you are interested in imposing architecture, for it is really great. Check out these snap shots, folks:
Some more pics about Naples you will find in my Naples-Gallery.
Galleria del Mare – opened only during the main season
After we had been in Via Toledo, we decided to search for another place where we could do some shopping. Another spot we found on the internet, was located close to Piazza Plebescita and Galleria Umberto I (see the map). It’s called Galleria del Mare and according to the ratings on the internet, it was worth to be visited. From Galleria Umberto I it’s a stone’s throw to this shopping mall, so we decided to take a look.
It took us just 10 minutes to reach Galleria del Mare by foot. This building is indeed a huge shopping mall but there is a problem. For this mall opens only during the main season. As we entered this building, we saw a lot of stores, but they were all closed, up to one store. So we asked the employees and the saleswoman told us, the stores open in April when the huge ferries and luxury liners dock at the marine. So don’t waste your time and don’t go there when you visit Naples* in winter or in early spring.
Okay folks, as I mentioned, we’ve been only two days in Naples as we had trouble with our flight. For that reason we didn’t have a lot of time to visit more shopping spots or Naples in general. But I did some research on the internet and would like to mention the other places for the sake of completeness. Maybe you will have some time to step by there. You can also leave a comment about shopping places in Naples mentioned below, to share your experience with the other readers. To keep it systematic, I chose Galleria Umberto I as a starting point.
Via Chiaia and Via dei Mille
My research has shown that in the Via Chiaia there are mainly brand boutiques settled. The same applies to Via dei Mille. In fact, the more you move to Via dei Mille, the higher will the prices be. For Via dei Mille is seen as the most exclusive shopping street in Naples.
Via San Gregorio Armeno and the alleys of the historical center
If you are interested in antiques and handicraft, you should visit the historical center of Naples. If you would like to buy some nativity figurines, you should get them in the Via San Gregorio Armeno. For that place is known for its cribs builder.
Via Scarlatti (Vomero)
In the prominent district of Vomero you can shop in elegant boutiques on the pedestrian zone Via Alessandro Scarlatti.
The architecture of many residential buildings in this district is influenced by the so-called Liberty style. The elevated position of Vomero makes the air a little bit cooler in summer, making shopping in Via Scarlatti during the warm summer days more pleasant than in the rest of Naples.
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