This boutique and sometimes exhibition space is dedicated to the work of Italian designers and craftspeople. Chiodo means “nail,” and the shop’s ethos is further reflected in its exposed beams and rough-hewn wooden slats. There’s a wide-ranging edit of bohemian staples: buttery leather clutches, leaf-print silk dresses, elegant straw hats, statement jewelry made of brass and round-frame sunglasses from the 1980s.
Via Roma 15
Tel. +39 3488401315
After Milan and New York, Monica Castiglioni opens a new store in Ortigia
To revisit her Sicilian roots, Monica has opened a showroom/shop, her third, on the Italian island of Ortigia. Occupying an 11th-century, 1,00-square-meter basso, or old house, it’s where tradition and innovation collide: Alongside her well-known Pistilli family of bronze jewelry and sculptures are rings, bracelets, and necklaces that have been 3-D printed in polyamide, a collaboration with Fabio Ciciani.
Via Roma, 15
Tel. +39 347 70 74 742
Mon - Fri: 10.0-14.00 17.00-20.00
Started in 2006 by the British-born Sue Townsend, a founder of Crabtree & Evelyn who now lives in Florence, this independent, all-natural soap and scent company is named for the southeast Sicilian island, even if the palm tree and leopard graphics on its packaging are taken from a Byzantine mosaic in Palermo’s Palazzo dei Normanni. At the Ortygia location on the island thruway of Via Roma, the shelves are lined with candles and body products infused with jasmine, amber or pomegranate (as well as silk scarves and candy-colored glass plates). The blends were developed in collaboration with the noted Florentine perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi, who has also worked for Armani and Gucci.
Le Antiche Siracuse
Via Roma 21
Tel. +39 0931 461365
Mon - Sun: 10.00 - 22.00
if you have a poetic and playful soul, go discover the wonderful world of Caroline van Riet a Dutch designer that moved to Ortigia in 1990 and founded the Circo Fortuna.
Her ceramics will remind you of the sunlight, the deep blue of the sea, joy, nature, love, she creates quirky and original ceramics that will make you think.
Via Capodieci 42
Tel. +39 347 2163374
Maria Vittoria is a photographer and Giovanni is a musician, togheter they open their bookshop where you will find not only books, comics and magazine, but a personal selection of vinyl, poster, postcards and nice item with a special eye focused on Sicily and Sicilians.
Corso Umberto 106
+39 0931 090950
A shop with a careful selection of the best Sicilian food and wine products. A journey through the flavors and traditions: from the extra virgin olive oil of the Iblei Mountains to the small wine producers of Etna, from the aromatic salt of western Sicily to the chocolate of Modica di Bonajuto.
Via Cavour 27
Tel. +39 0931 465926
cosy homes for creative people and travellers in sicily