Naples is a true shopping paradise: Clothes and shoes are relatively inexpensive, and fashion always follows the most current trends. Lovers of antiques, handicraft and small shops can spend hours getting lost perusing through the countless streets finding unique pieces to add to their collections or even ship to friends back home. Naples may not be the home of Italian high fashion (Milan is an eight-hour drive from Naples while Rome is 2.5) but it truly is a city full of high quality artisans and heirloom businesses. You must know your stuff, though, because it was here that counterfeit goods were invented back in the 17th or 18th century. Be careful to stay away from fakes, even if the price seems right; you risk heavy fines at Customs on your way home, as most countries are cracking down on such purchases to protect brand identity. You also run the risk of being fined on the spot by the police.
Opening hours for stores are generally Monday to Saturday from 10:30am to 1pm and from 4 to 7:30pm.
Riviera di Chiaia, Via Calabritto, Via dei Mille, Via Filangeri, Via Poerio, and Piazza dei Martiri in Chiaia are where to go for the big-name Italian fashion labels, such as Valentino, Versace, Prada, and, of course, Salvatore Ferragamo — a Naples native (the latter four are on and around Piazza dei Martiri). The area is also great for exploring the many smaller boutiques and stores that mostly sell accessories and clothing.
To learn more about shopping in Italy, follow the links provided.
World Travel Guide – Shopping in Naples
Frommer’s – Shopping in Naples
Trip Advisor – Shopping in Naples
The most beautiful shopping streets in Naples