Sorrento is splendid for souvenirs
Detroit Free Press (MCT) - If you're shopping for a million-dollar Bulgari necklace, Rome is the place .
Sorrento, 30 miles south of Naples on the Amalfi Coast, is perched precariously on a cliff, the azure Mediterranean sloshing below.
Its cobblestone-paved, walkable shopping district _ small enough to enjoy in a couple of hours _ is just off the main square, Piazza Tasso.
Stroll down the narrow shopping streets with names like Via San Cesareo and Via de Maio . See signature marquetry work _ intricate wood-inlay jewelry boxes, music boxes and furniture. There's a shop that makes cameos and another creates jewelry out of red coral. You can buy local embroidery and lace.
At a shop or the city-owned lemon grove, buy the local liqueur called limoncello, a bitters the color of a smoky sun made of lemon peels.
My favorite purchases were purses I bought for my four daughters in a little shop that had only the English word "Gloves" out front. They were made of smooth Italian leather, quite inexpensive ( about $20 each) _ one tan, one red, one black, one white _ and the shopkeeper carefully wrapped each in a fabric drawstring bag.
I lugged them from Italy all the way home in a big shopping bag, stuffing them into the overhead on the plane. Four years later, those purses still get compliments.
For additional information, see the Sorrento Tourism Office Web site: www.sorrentotourism.com.
© 2009, Detroit Free Press.
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