Visit the ancient markets of Sicily, many of which are typical suks, meaning Arab Markets, where you can find ingredients and houseware you may never see again—exotic spices and herbs, and many fine olives. If you make a trip to Palermo, you can sign up for a street food tour and visit the Vucciria and Capo Ballaro markets, which are open-air and brimming with fresh meat and seafood, vegetables, and fruit.
Corso Umberto is Taormina’s famed historic shopping street, with many art galleries, craft vendors, clothing stores, restaurants, and bars. The narrow, medieval stone streets send you far back in time as you walk along, ancient architecture and balconies overhead. Some one-of-a-kind items you may find along this street include coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, and sweets.