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Sotto La Pieve - Adorable Shop in Arezzo

Mandy Z.


I found a wonderful little shop located under Santa Maria della Pieve church in Arezzo, Italy. This little shop is reasonable in price and is run by a stunning young Italian woman named Laura or her equally stunning twin sister, Sara, both of whom know English in order to assist us English speaking tourists. It is located at the bottom of the hill from Piazza Grande, tucked underneath under a historic church. I admit, I went wild and bought a lot of stuff, but suffered no guilt!

Sotto La Pieve

You can choose from magnets, decorative ceramic spoon and fork set for the kitchen, small decorative ceramic dishes (for spices, dipping, tea bag or small spoon rest), decorated ceramic spoon rest for the stove top, mortar and pestle sets (small to large) - great for small gifts to bring home from Italy which are beautiful and functional.

It has a great assortment of the following gastronomical delights, all of which are reasonably priced:

  • Biscotti (this word also encompasses other varieties of cookies, not just "biscotti" that we are used to seeing)
  • wine
  • Vin Santo
  • many different flavored olive oils
  • honey, jams
  • chocolates and candy.

It has a selection of dry cured meats. You can purchase a whole salami to smaller portions, which can be vacuum packed for you. These cured meats, salami, especially, have been prepared in a number of ways, flavors, and types of meat. For instance, you can get a salami with wild boar and truffle (its savory bold flavor builds in your mouth and leaves you craving more) along with prosciutto, and others. It also has a variety of cheese from whole rounds of cheese to smaller portions, which can also be vacuum packed for you. In addition, the store has a variety of flour to choose from, along with, of course fresh, dry pasta, and spices.

Sotto La Pieve

You can have a gift basket created for you with anything in the store, you can even pick out the basket!

I could just eat my way through the store and pick up souvenirs and gifts for friends on the way out. (I must confess, I really was tempted to do just that when I was there!)

Everything in the store has products typical of the local flavor. Everything is made from antique recipes unique to their region. There are many other items in there that I did not get to see as I was in a hurry, but I recommend this little shop under the Pieve with all my heart and soul! I wish I could have spent more time in there.

Also, across from Santa Maria della Pieve is an antique store owned by Paolo, their father. Wow! You should go in just to see the stuff they have - it is amazing! Who knows, you may find a treasure in there from 800 years ago!


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