Founded by the Emperor Justinian in the sixth century, A.D., Ioaninna has been a historic and regional center for many centuries. Today. it offers many pleasures including lovely things to by created by skilled and creative crafts people.
This area has been heavily influenced by multiple sources. Look items that show off Turkish crafts as well as influences including Greek and Roman culture. You’ll find elegant items made from silver as well as other kinds of materials that make the perfect memento.
A Silversmiths Cooperative
Silver jewelry and other kinds of silver items are a particular specialty of this town. There’s a silversmiths cooperative called Kepavi. It’s set in a shop front that makes it easy to find and look for goods on display. They represent a local collaborative of forty-three sellers who have banded together to offer their wares in a single place. Look for the many traditional Epirote pieces that have been created using traditional techniques. Prices are cheaper here than in many other parts of the area. When you’re done shopping, you can even watch local crafts people creating silver items right in front of you. There’s also shops selling cooper and items that are also made in a locally ornate style known the world over. Many items are small and will easily fit in your pockets.
Turkish Items and Wine
The region has been heavily influenced by the Turks. Many local shops offer items such as pipes with Turkish decorations. Another local specialty are regional wines. Dry red table wines with a crisp undertone are a particular favorite. They have been aged in barrels made from local woods.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about shopping in Ionnina.