A Unesco World Heritage Site and a popular tourist site since it was opened to the public more than 250 years ago, Pompeii is a Major Tourist Destination in Southern Italy. Here are some shopping tips for your vacation.
As with any popular tourist destination, there are many souvenir shops and stores in and around Pompeii. These souvenir shops sell everything from typical touristy items like Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius post cards, shirts, books, fridge magnets, shot glasses, mugs, cups, caps, sweaters, limoncello, fresh huge Sfusato lemons, books, paper weights and a lot more. Most of the souvenir shops are located in the Piazza Porto Marina Area, and most of them are open from 9 am to 7 pm daily.
The Cameo Factory
The cameo factory is a traditional stop for travelers who are visiting the ancient ruins. Its location certainly makes it convenient since it is directly outside the site.
Before peering into any of the glass cases filled with the particular jewelry this factory store offers, you’ll be given a demonstration illustrating which part of the seashell a cameo actually comes from and learn that the beauty of the final product depends on the expertise of the artisan.
Yet if you are not searching for jewelry, there are other items to be found at the store, such as music boxes, inlaid furniture and other keepsakes.
Outside the Ruins
There are several shops and street vendors at the entrance to the ruins, and they sell everything you can imagine, from a pencil to a piece of lava. Prices are high, but they accept credit cards.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about shopping in Pompeii.