Italy: Souvenirs to Bring Home From Florence, Rome, Venice & Beyond
I declare this week Italian Week at Happiest When Exploring! All week I will be creating Italy-focused content and sharing it all here, with you. I’ve visited Italy on 4 separate occasions and I feel it’s time to share more about this magical country. For the first #ItalianWeekwithHWE, here are your gift and souvenir ideas to bring home from Florence, Rome, Venice & beyond:
While in Florence
Florence has a long history of paper making, especially marbled and hand decorated paper. When in Florence you will see a lot of lovely shops with handcrafted journals and postcards, maps and planners. I suggest visiting Il Papiro for authentic and traditional paper items. I wanted something authentically Tuscan to bring home so I bought most of my souvenirs and gifts at Il Papiro, since the items are handmade by artisans in Florence and elsewhere in Tuscany, using the traditional methods.
While in Rome
Rome is about the experience, about being – “dolce far niente”. So when you want to bring a piece of Rome back home to a loved one, why not bring home the experience of being in Rome with something indulgent like coffee beans from Castroni or the like?
While in Venice
Take a boat ride across to Murano (about 10 minutes), where you can purchase Murano glass items – decorative pieces like paperweights, useful items like bottle stoppers and perfume bottles, or one-of-a-kind jewellery. While at the factory, you can watch an expert at work (and you might even be called up to take a stab at the practice – I was and it’s much harder than it looks!)
While in small towns, think speciality items or handicrafts from the regions and province you’re visiting. Pottery is traditional in the Campania region. This past fall, while visiting Agropoli and Paestum I visited many artisanal shops but opted for a small, decorative and traditional ceramic mask to bring home. While in the South, especially in the region of Puglia, bring home a taste of the region by safely packing a bottle of the world’s best (in my humble opinion) olive oil.