From a bespoke glovemaker to a glorious antique bookseller – the top places to shop in Naples
La Bottega delle Delizie
This curious-looking enoteca has a vintage motorbike, no longer motoring, parked outside. Its passionate and knowledgeable owner, Ciro, has filled his shop with a great selection of wines, spirits, the occasional outstanding cheeses and some treats as well. He’ll explain all with a smile and he’ll also give you a heads up about what’s on at the Teatro di San Carlo; his wife is a member of the cast. He’ll probably have in stock a bottle of the locally produced La Sorgente anice reale, which has on its label the precursor to Mickey Mouse.
La Bottega delle Delizie, Via Monte di Dio, 48
Grimaldi & C. Editori
There’s no shortage of churches in Naples, but a shortage of attendees meant that the small church on Via Carlo Poerio had been abandoned and was falling into disrepair and disrespect. Publisher Grimaldi took it on board and rescued it. The church became its headquarters and shop. It sells beautiful editions of some great books, many on the history of Naples and surroundings as well as a large selection of antique books and prints.
Naples is rightly famous for its splendid tailors, but it’s also home to that joyous rarity: a glove maker. These chaps have been at it since 1923. You’ll have seen that Naples is a city of steps – well, there are 25 more when you get a pair of bespoke Omega gloves made: well worth the journey.
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