A directory of stores where you can find typical products.
L’arte dei Vasai > Umbria is known for its pottery, and at the shop in Via Baglioni, L’arte dei Vasai, there are lots of nice gifts to take home. As they say in their ad, their items “differ only in price and size, not in workmanship.” You can even ask them to personalize something for you, like a plate or a perfect ceramic Christmas tree ornament. They are open normal business hours and can ship their beautiful creations home, wherever home is. Skip the long trip to Deruta and just take a stroll down Via Baglioni 32, 075.971.1284.
Sardegna e Sapori > You don’t need to take the slow boat to Sardegna to get your obscure prodotti tipici fix. Facing the Tre Archi simply turn left on Corso Cavour and head to 107 for traditional wine, cheese, and breads from my favorite Italian island in a sweet little shop. Wines and cheeses, about 6, breads about 3. 10-20:30, Mo-Sa and 11-20:00 Su.
OlivoIdea > On the cold, shady side of the cathedral, just above where Via Ulisse Rocchi ends. This shop has all sorts of cool things made out of olive wood, the perfect gift to take home and which won’t break in your backpack. Friendly Robert is ready to help you in English, Italian, or German. Open 10:45-19:30, closed Sunday and Monday morning. Takes Visa and MC.
Talmone > At 12 Maesta delle Volte on the way down to Piazza Morlacchi is a shop that sells carrots, CDs, sausages and mushrooms…all made of chocolate. If the novelty of eating a sweet that resembles a vegetable is lost on you and your loved ones, buy some truffles instead. Visa, MasterCard.