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Shopping in Naples

Naples may not be the home of Italian high fashion but it is a city full of artisans and heirloom businesses and one where the price of a tailor-made suit will leave you with some change in your pocket. There are numerous small shops dotted around the old town selling local wines, handmade clothing and antiques. The business centre of the city features a number of higher-end shops with designer labels.

Key areas

Via Toledo is the main shopping street in Naples, where many high-street fashion brands are located. You will also find exclusive shops along Via Chiaia and in parts of Vomero. Head to Spaccanapoli for individual shops selling everything from bespoke shoes and suits to jewellery and groceries.

Markets

Mercato di Porta Nolana and La Pignasecca are Naples’ most high profile markets. Both are renowned for their super fresh produce and fish, along with a whole heap of household and counterfeit goods. There’s a vintage book market on via Port’Alba on weekday afternoons, and on the last two weekends of every month the Fiera Antiquaria Napoletana antiques market sets up in Villa Comunale (0800-1400).

Shopping centres

The best shopping mall in Naples has to be the enormous Centro Commerciale Auchan on Via Argine, which houses everything from Auchan to Zarmax underneath its roof.

Opening hours

Shops in Naples are open Monday to Saturday from 0900-1300 and 1600-2000. Supermarkets and department stores stay open all day, and are open on Sundays.

Souvenirs

In the streets around Spaccanapoli, such as Via dei Tribunali and Via Duomo, there are various little shops for picking up souvenirs. Visitors will find elaborate religious crafts, especially nativity scenes, as well as traditional Neapolitan masks. The good luck charm known as Pulcinella, which depicts a black-masked man clownishly dressed in white, is also a must-buy.

Tax information

Value-added tax (IVA) of 21% is added to every purchase in Italy. If you are a non-EU resident, and spend more than €155 on a single item, you can claim a tax refund when you leave the country. The refund is only available from shops that display a ‘tax free Italy’ sign.

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Port Alba Relais

A haven for book-lovers, Port Alba Relais houses a wonderful library with sections dedicated to the city's art, music and history alongside a book swapping section. Rooms with wooden beams are dedicated to literary genres and furnished with bedding and accessories from Mario Bottiglieri. It has a super central location and some rooms overlook buzzing Piazza Dante.

Chiaja Hotel de Charme

Situated on Naples' premier shopping street, Chiaja Hotel de Charme is housed in a former residence of a marquis. The owners have recreated a period feel with restored architectural details such as marble fireplaces and grand staircases alongside decorative touches like the gilt-framed portraits and antique furnishings.

Grand Hotel Oriente

A few minutes from Toledo metro station, the Grand Hotel Oriente is within easy walking distance of both the historic centre and the seafront. Sleeping quarters are clean and bright with large comfortable beds and immaculate bathrooms. Ask for a room with a private terrace to soak up the sounds of the city.

Grand Hotel Parkers

One of the finest hotels in Naples, the Grand Hotel Parkers has 71 luxuriously appointed rooms along with a spa, a beauty salon, restaurant and the exclusive atmosphere of an historical palace. It is decorated with belle époque-style frescoes and paintings, and Armani-clad guests lounge in the foyer in gilt Louis XVI chairs or on the stunning sea-view terrace.

Grand Hotel Vesuvio

The grand dame on the seafront, this 5-star deluxe hotel is renowned for hosting millionaires and screen legends. Appropriately, its refined public spaces drip with twinkling chandeliers and are furnished with period antiques, and it has a cabin cruiser service which lets guests island hop in style. The Caruso Roof Garden restaurant is gorgeous too.

Romeo Hotel

Eschewing the Baroque extravagance of other luxury hotels, the Romeo Hotel is a temple of modernist design. The striking steel-and-glass exterior encases soothing minimalist interiors of marble, wood, stone and steel. The rooftop restaurant and pool include one of Naples' few sushi bars and there's a seriously sexy modern spa.