Italy: Souvenirs to Bring Home From Florence, Rome, Venice & Beyond

February 29, 2016,

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!)

And Beyond!
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.

Over to you!
What are your fav souvenirs to bring home to your loved ones?
Share below!
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  • Reply Ilena C. March 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Italian Week!…I’m in! I loved receiving the package of coffee from Castroni…I didn’t want to throw the package away;)). When my husband came back from Puglia he brought back olive oil from a small producer and it was precious till the last drop. He also brought me back licorice roots and candies. That was amazing!
    I even keep the little boxes to keep my paperclips in. It’s like a little bit of Italy in my desk! ❤️

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring March 9, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Shopping for you is always fun!

  • Reply Celia March 2, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Great ideas:)

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring March 9, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks girl!!! I got your gift from Florence (the pen) and that boutique! xoxo

  • Reply Jackie June 28, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    You are just too cute!! Love your site…….I love Italy too…can’t wait to go back next year. By the way, the very first gift from Italy that I brought a friend was the beautiful marbled papers from Florence…they are yummy.

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring June 29, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Hey Jackie 🙂 thank you for your comment! Italy is so wonderful… where will you be visiting? The marbled papers are so beautiful! Florence is great for that stuff!

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