I’ve visited Italy so many times and on every single occasion, I could not stop myself from buying lots of delicious food and other great items to bring back home. If you are planning your itinerary and want to choose the best souvenirs from Italy, here is your complete list.
What to buy in Italy if you want to surprise your friends and family with some of the best quality gifts. And for most of them, you won’t have to break the bank! Many are of top quality and are extremely affordable.
From delicious cheese and wine to leather goods and perfume, there is something for anyone in Italy.
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What to buy in Italy – the best souvenirs from Italy
By Rebecca at Veggies Abroad
Aside from pasta, there isn’t anything much more Italian than wine! Italy has a long winemaking history that dates back thousands of years! The cultivation of grapes and the production of wine have been integral to Italian culture and history since the time of the ancient Romans. The country is renowned for its wine diversity, including indigenous grape varieties unique to specific regions, like Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Montepulciano.
Given Italy’s love affair with wine, how could it not be one of the best Italian souvenirs to bring home?
There are many ways to find the perfect wine to commemorate your trip, from natural wine tastings on eco-farms in San Gimignano (an hour from Tuscany) to markets in the heart of Rome. A few of the most popular cities and regions for wine in Italy include Tuscany, Piedmont, Sicily, and Umbria.
Once you’ve chosen the wine, the most challenging part is how you will get it home. Some wineries can ship (for a fee) bottles or cases of wine directly to your home — the shipping might be pricey, but it could be well worth the headache of getting it on the plane. If you only have a bottle or two, you can consider packing it in your checked luggage (if you’re only traveling with carry-on luggage, this isn’t an option). If you’re doing this, wrap the bottles well in bubble wrap or clothing to ensure their safe journey.
By Sabrina at Shades of Summr
Italy is worldwide renowned for its amazing culinary products. Pizza and Pasta are among travelers’ favorite things to order in Italian restaurants.
Traditional Italian pasta comes in all forms, sizes, and shapes. From tagliatelle to fettuccine – there is something for every taste in Italy.
For all those that can’t come along on a trip to Italy, pasta is the perfect souvenir to bring home. Many smaller stores that are specialized in regional and traditional products offer homemade pasta.
This makes for an amazing souvenir. Not only is it relatively cheap, but it also has plenty of use at home and will not collect dust somewhere in a corner. It is also a great way to support local production.
The best place to buy homemade pasta is in Northern Italy. The area is famous for its hearty pasta dishes, and they sell it everywhere.
A good idea is to bring a bottle of traditional Italian red wine along as well – that pairs excellently with any pasta dish you might cook at home.
Christmas Collectibles from Naples
By Nausheen of Globe Gazers
You might know Naples as the birthplace of pizza but did you know it is also an excellent source for Christmas collectibles? If you’re looking to bring home something truly special, be sure to check out some of Napoli’s artisan shops.
From hand-painted wooden figurines and colorful glass ornaments to intricate nativity scenes crafted with love and care – these make wonderful gifts and souvenirs to buy in Italy.
The best place in Naples to shop for your Christmas souvenirs is San Gregorio Armeno, a street lined with artisan shops selling colorful and lively Nativity scenes. You can find all sorts of unique character figurines – from shepherds to animals and even characters from popular Italian films. Whatever your price point and desired level of intricacy, you’ll find something special here.
San Gregoria Armeno is also known as Christmas Alley, since it seems to be the place where Christmas never ends! You’ll find the alley bustling with people year-round, so you can rest assured that the shops are always well-stocked and refreshed.
It’s easy to get from the main city of Rome to Naples, even if it’s only for a day trip, so be sure to add a visiting Napoli’s Christmas Alley to your itinerary!
Postcards from Vatican
By Goya at GoyaGaleotta.com
Embarking on an Italian adventure offers a myriad of experiences, but none are quite as unique as visiting Rome and spending a day at Vatican City, the world’s smallest country.
As you wander through the winding cobblestone streets, soaking in the rich history and breathtaking architecture, you might start to contemplate the ideal souvenir to encapsulate this unforgettable journey. The typical religious keepsakes may not quite capture the essence of your experience, so how about something a bit more extraordinary?
Imagine this: a truly distinctive souvenir from your Roman escapade, a postcard sent from Vatican City itself!
It almost sounds too good to be true, but this tiny nation indeed has its own postal service, Poste Vaticane, which allows you to send yourself, friends, or family a postcard stamped with a unique Vatican City postmark.
Scattered throughout the city are myriad souvenir shops, each offering an array of postcards that perfectly capture the enchanting beauty of Vatican City.
Once you’ve chosen your postcard, you can take it to the Poste Vaticane office to receive that special stamp of authenticity, a mark that instantly transforms a simple postcard into a priceless memento!
This postcard does more than just commemorate your Roman holiday; it also serves as a thoughtful surprise for friends and family back home. Imagine their delight as they receive a piece of your journey, a snapshot of your adventures in their mailbox.
The best part? This charming souvenir is as travel-friendly as it gets, requiring no additional space in your suitcase! I don’t know about you, but I’d say amen to that any day!
By Lowri at Many Other Roads
Limoncello is one of the most iconic souvenirs from Italy and for good reason!
It’s a delicious alcoholic drink made with fresh lemon zest that is especially popular in Southern Italy but can be found all over the country. Plus, if you’re trying to pack as much Italian flavor into your suitcase as possible, it’s easy—you can find small 100ml bottles of Limoncello that comply with airline regulations, meaning you can take them on as hand luggage in a secure package.
But what makes it so special? Well, for one thing, the flavor is absolutely to die for. It’s sweet and tart at the same time, with a hint of citrus that will remind you of the Mediterranean sunshine you enjoyed while in Italy. Plus, it’s surprisingly versatile—try adding it to some cake batter for that extra something special.
And if you want a truly unique experience, book a helicopter tour so you can see the stunning areas of Italy where Limoncello is made from above. Anywhere in Italy is stunning from above, but the south of Italy is even more special.
So if you’re planning a trip to Italy, make sure to pick up some Limoncello as a souvenir. It’s not only delicious but also helps capture some of the special moments you shared during your time there!
By Sarah at Travelosio
Grappa is a distilled spirit, crafted from the pomace, which includes the skins, seeds, and stalks left over after the wine-making process. This process imbues grappa with robust flavors and aromas that reflect the characteristics of its parent grapes.
Each region in Italy produces its own variant of grappa, each with its unique flavor profile. This regional diversity makes grappa a perfect souvenir, a liquid encapsulation of the place you visited.
As you explore Italian vineyards or local markets, you’ll find grappa in beautifully crafted bottles. These range from traditional to modern designs, each a work of art in its own right.
The aesthetic appeal of the packaging enhances the value of grappa as a souvenir, making it a delightful addition to your home bar or a thoughtful gift for loved ones.
However, buying grappa is not just a transaction; it’s an immersive experience. Engage with the sellers, learn about the distillation process, understand the flavor notes, and discover the best way to savor it. When you bring home a bottle of grappa, you’re not just bringing home a spirit; you’re bringing home a piece of Italy, a story, a memory.
So, on your next Italian adventure, remember to add ‘buying grappa’ to your itinerary. It’s a simple pleasure that beautifully encapsulates the Italian spirit.
By Louisa at Eating around Italy
When you think of Italy, you probably don’t think of chocolate but it’s actually one of Italy’s best food souvenirs to bring back with you. Whether you are shopping for kids, yourself or a gourmet foodie friend, Italy has all the chocolate you want and best of all, it’s easily accessible, no matter where you are on the peninsula!
Nutella and Kinder usually come to mind when talking about chocolate in Italy but there is so much more beyond commercial brands, including many artisan “Made In Italy” chocolatiers, using only the best locally produced ingredients (when possible).
Go to Venchi, which you will find in any major city for both bars of chocolate and small cioccolatini or small hand-crafted chocolates (and stop in for gelato too!), Sabadi Modica Chocolate (from Sicily) or other Modica chocolate, Vestri (easily available in Tuscany).
For children and people who really like milk chocolate, anything Kinder and Nutella is going to hit the spot, specifically the Kinder Sorpresa for kids (comes with a small toy inside). You can buy these products abroad but they usually are not Made In Italy, thus slightly different in taste.
Italy’s most popular and famous chocolate that really suits everyone’s liking is Perugina’s Bacio or Baci, a two-bite chocolate filled with a gianduia chocolate-hazelnut filling, topped with a whole hazelnut and covered in dark chocolate. Another famous chocolate is Ferrero’s Rocher, yet another small, two-bite chocolate made from a wafer cookie covered in crunchy chocolate and hazelnuts and filled with a chocolate-hazelnut cream filling.
Novi is one of Italy’s most famous commercial chocolate brands selling the best bars at great, affordable prices. They make classic milk, dark and nut chocolates but also have a wide selection of more elaborate bars such as gianduia and pistachio cream.
Check out any supermarket for a pretty good selection of these Italian chocolates. For more artisan varieties, head to specialty chocolate shops, alimentari (small grocers) or enoteche (wine ships).
Aceto Balsamico (Balsamic Vinegar)
By Kim at Explore Your Bucketlist
If you are visiting the northern part of Italy, be sure to make a stop in Modena. Highly regarded as one of Italy’s gastronomic centers, you can pick up their most famous invention – Balsamic Vinegar.
Dating back many centuries, the painstaking process of cooking ripened grapes for months and then aging them in barrels for twelve to twenty-five years is a well-honored tradition.
But the result of all this work is awesome! It is a dark, velvety liquid that has a surprisingly sweet and tangy taste. If you go for a tasting, you will see this unique flavour can also change depending on the length of the aging and the type of barrel used.
You may ask but why would I want vinegar? Well, this vinegar is not like your average vinegar. It is literally a piece of Italian history in a bottle. With its incredible taste it can be used in so many dishes – drizzled over tomatoes and mozzarella, used in combination with olive oil for dipping bread, dressing for a salad, marinade for a steak, poured over roasted vegetables or even used over fresh strawberries. Use a dash of balsamic vinegar and your friends will think you are a master chef!
This is the perfect souvenir to bring home so you can recreate some amazing Italian dishes and relive the memories you made while on your trip to Italy.
When in this region and looking to purchase, be sure to look for the special designation – PGI which means it was produced in the traditional Modena style.
Vin Santo & Biscotti
By Michelle at Passport Explorers
While most people think of leather goods, olive oil and wine as great souvenirs from Italy, this drink-dessert combo is a bit unique. We turned to Michelle Schomp, from Passport Explorers to weigh in on her favorite souvenir food recommendations from Tuscany.
If you enjoy sweets and an after-dinner drink, Vin Santo & Biscotti are the perfect souvenir duo for you to bring home from your next trip to Italy.
Mainly found in the Tuscan region, you will still be able to purchase this drink-dessert combo at gift shops touting Italian goods throughout the country.
Vin Santo is a sweet dessert wine, usually amber in color with possible hints of pink. You’ll find notes of local apricots, hazelnuts, and an almost caramel-like flavor.
Although each brand of Vin Santo boasts its own distinct taste, the process is a bit unconstrained.
When you reach to purchase a bottle of Vin Santo, you’ll notice bags of biscotti nearby. The locals suggest finding biscotti with chocolate chunks. From my experience, you don’t want the biscotti too soft or too hard, so absolutely ask the storekeeper for a recommendation.
The Italian way is to dip the biscotti into your small glass of Vin Santo. The crumbs of the biscotti will naturally fall into the Vin Santo each time you dip and take a bite.
As you are finishing your last sip of Vin Santo, you get to enjoy the biscotti crumbs that have fallen to the bottom and soaked up the flavors of the Italian dessert wine.
This Vin Santo – Biscotti combo makes for a unique souvenir from Italy!
By Lavina D’Souza of Continent Hop
During my journey from Venice to Burano in Italy, I was determined to find a unique souvenir to capture the country’s rich culture and artistry. Little did I know that Burano lace would become the cherished memento that forever reminds me of the enchanting island and its skilled artisans.
Originating from the charming island of Burano in the Venetian Lagoon, Burano lace is a testament to Italian craftsmanship. Its delicate intricacy, vibrant colours, and meticulous details captivated me from the moment I laid eyes on it. Handcrafted with care, each piece showcased the dedication and talent of the local artisans.
While exploring the narrow streets of Burano, I stumbled upon numerous quaint shops and workshops where artisans passionately worked on their lace creations. The Martina Vidal Atelier stood out as a renowned destination to witness the artistry firsthand.
The range of Burano lace products was astounding, offering small accessories like handkerchiefs and bookmarks and larger items like tablecloths and shawls. After careful consideration, I finally chose a beautiful lace handkerchief that perfectly blended elegance and practicality.
The price of Burano lace varies according to the design’s complexity and the piece’s size. Small lace accessories, such as handkerchiefs or bookmarks, can cost between €10 and €50, while larger items, such as tablecloths or shawls, can cost hundreds of euros.
As I gaze at my Burano lace handkerchief, memories of my time in Italy come flooding back. If you are seeking an extraordinary souvenir from Italy, I urge you not to miss the opportunity to explore Burano and bring home a piece of this exquisite lacework.
Lucky horn from Naples
By Lisa at Waves and Cobblestones
If you’re visiting Naples and looking for a special souvenir from your trip to Italy, the lucky horn of Naples is the perfect choice! The lucky horn, or cornicello, is the most famous souvenir from this city. You’re sure to see them all over as you’re exploring the top attractions in Naples, from the Piazza del Plebiscito to the seaside fortress of Castel dell’Ovo.
Cornicello is small and traditionally red with a curvy, twisting shape. At first glance, you’ll probably think that they’re chili peppers, especially if many of them are displayed clustered together. But take a closer look and you’ll note some differences, as the top of the lucky horn is often painted gold or capped with metal.
This local good-luck charm originated as a fertility symbol and is believed to protect the wearer from the evil eye. This talisman is commonly worn as jewelry as a pendant on a necklace. While you’ll find dressy versions in silver and gold – or even bejeweled – to impart the strongest luck the cornicello should be red.
You can find plenty of varieties of the lucky horn at souvenir shops throughout Naples, with the least expensive ones costing only a few euros. These ornament-like versions are great for hanging in the doorway of your home or from the rear-view mirror in your car. By tradition, you must receive the lucky horn of Naples as a gift, so bring some home to spread luck to your family and friends!
By Margarita from The Wildlife Diaries
Italy is heaven for stationery lovers. Drawing on centuries-old traditions of handmade leathercraft and paper marbling techniques, Italian artisans produce some of the finest notebooks in the world.
You can buy soft-cover and hard-cover notebooks with lined or plain handmade paper in a variety of sizes. If you enjoy putting pen to paper, pick up a notebook as soon as you arrive and keep a travel diary in a gorgeous artisan notebook. Leather and marbled paper notebooks also make for fabulous gifts and souvenirs from Italy.
Florence, in particular, is known for its handmade leather and marbled paper, and you can even visit a bookbinding and paper-making workshop.
It is a fascinating experience to watch an artisan add droplets of paint to a dish of water until she achieves a pattern she likes. She then places pieces of paper into the dish or dips the rim of a notebook in it, and the colors transform the paper into a whimsical swirl of artistic imagination.
Some of the best artisan shops for buying notebooks in Italy are Signum in Florence and Il Papiro with branches in Florence, Rome, Venice, Pisa, Cortona, Orvieto, and Siena.
Roman Gladiator costume
By Catrina from 24 Hours Layover
If you’re looking for a fun and unique souvenir to buy in Italy then without a doubt the best souvenir has to be a Roman Gladiator outfit!
A Roman gladiator outfit represents a significant part of Italy’s history and culture. The gladiators played an important cultural role during the ancient Roman Empire, fighting against each other in amphitheaters such as The Colosseum – one of the best photo spots in Rome! Gladiator battles were a popular form of entertainment that drew large crowds and became an iconic symbol of the Roman Empire.
Purchasing a gladiator outfit as a souvenir means you can connect with this rich history and culture of Italy, and it can serve as a fun reminder of your visit to this beautiful country!
A gladiator costume is not a typical souvenir you would find in every gift shop in Italy, you’ll mainly just see gladiator outfits for sale in the souvenir shops in Rome near The Colosseum and in the touristy areas.
Buying a gladiator costume is a fun way to express your enthusiasm for Italian history and reenactments. It can provide entertainment and enjoyment for you and your friends or family, and makes the perfect outfit for your next fancy dress party! Whilst buying a gladiator costume doesn’t come cheap, with pricing starting upwards of €60, it will make for some great memories!
Pinocchio wooden figurines
By Haley at Gleason Family Travels
When it comes to souvenirs that capture the essence of a place, few can rival the charm and craftsmanship of Pinocchio wooden figurines from Florence.
Everyone knows the childhood story of Pinocchio, the little wooden puppet with dreams of becoming a real boy. The story originated in Tuscany and takes place in a village near Florence.
You can bring home your own Pinocchio in the shape of a wooden figurine from one of the many shops in Florence.
The attention to detail is extraordinary, from the intricate carving of facial expressions to the vibrant hand-painted colors on each piece.
Each wooden toy is meticulously handcrafted by skilled artisans, showcasing the rich tradition of Italian woodworking.
The figurines are available in differing variations and sizes throughout the Florentine markets and shops.
You can choose a classic depiction of Pinocchio or one of the many variations showcasing his mischievous adventures.
Children will love making Pinocchio dance by pulling on the strings that control his arms and legs.
Adults will love the figurines for their sentimental value and excellent craftsmanship.
While the Pinochio figurines are sold throughout the city, I recommend purchasing your figurine at The Pinochio Store.
Located in the historic center of Florence near Ponte Vecchio, this shop has the best selection of wooden Pinocchio toys in addition to keychains, money banks, and Christmas Ornaments.
Pinocchio wooden figurines from Florence are great souvenirs and exceptional pieces of art that encapsulate the history and culture of the region.
Sicilian Pine Cones
By Iphi from Travel Choreography
Sicily is associated with great wine and everything pistachio and lemon. However, surprisingly, during my trip to Palermo, I kept seeing the same ornament everywhere: Sicilian pine cones. These beautiful ceramic cones are on every street corner, from chic jewel stores to dusty gift shops. Unquestionably stylish, they make a great gift to bring back from Italy.
Sicilian pine cones come in different sizes. Some are as small as an apple, while others are as big as a melon. They don’t only come in white! There’s every colour to match your living room at home; You’ll find Pigne Siciliane that are green, bicolour and even some whose base has been carefully decorated.
Pine cones have always been a symbol of good wishes. These nature-inspired ornaments are believed to bring prosperity and peace of mind to the person who receives them. Even if you don’t need any more positivity, they make any bookcase look more fabulous.
When buying one of these beautiful Italian Paraphernalia, remember to check for defects and ensure it has been painted carefully. Not all ceramics are made with the same care and attention to detail.
Schnapps and Speck from South Tyrol
By Paul D’Souza from Paulmarina
The north Italian region, South Tyrol, is known for some of the best Schnapps ad Speck in Europe. Schnapps is a clear distilled high percentage liquor.
The best varieties are artisanal apricots, William pear and plum Schnapps, which are produced in small batches. Schnapps should be clear and has to contain 42% alcohol. Speck is another well-known cured meat specialty from South Tyrol, and neighboring Tyrol in Austria, that you should try. Look out for small-batch belly Speck and always try a piece before you purchase a block. You will find a great variety of Speck, such as smoked or pepper seasoned Speck.
The biggest choice of Speck can be found at the yearly Speck Festival near Bolzano. Yet, both Schnapps and Speck can be found in small food stores in Meran or Bolzano but also at the weekly grocery market in all major towns.
To get a taste of it all, visit South Tyrol in the fall to take part in a traditional Törggele evening. Locals serve up cured meats, including the best Speck with locally produced cheese, artisanal bread and a glass of regional white wine. The evening ends with a few glasses of Schnapps to warm up before the night ends.
That way, you will learn about what to look out for when choosing quality Schnapps and Speck to take back home as a delicious tasty souvenir.
By Mal of Raw Mal Roams
Italy is not only a holiday destination rich in history and culture, but it’s also a foodie paradise!
And what better way to remember your Italian vacation than by taking home a souvenir that embraces this important aspect of Italian culture?
This is where the Italian cookbook comes into play – a perfect practical souvenir that you will actually use. Whether you are a novice cook or a pro, the cookbook is a perfect souvenir for any Italian cuisine enthusiast. And, after your trip to Italy, you can invite your family or friends and share with them your favourite food you discovered during your trip, freshly cooked with love by you. It’s a win-win situation!
I brought my Italian cookbook from a weekend in Rome, and it turned out to be the best souvenir ever. I bought it in one of the souvenir shops in Prati, one of the best areas to stay in Rome first time.
My suggestion? Opt for an Italian cookbook that contains not only famous dishes but also regional recipes.
My cookbook from Rome has many fabulous dishes unique to Rome. It’s filled with recipes such as the famous Roman pasta carbonara, carciofi alla Romana – Roman-style artichokes and the delicious Supplí fried risotto balls – filled with tomato and cheese stuffing.
The Italian cookbook is a fantastic souvenir, and each recipe will transport you back to Italy whenever you cook them.
By Joanna at The World in My Pocket
A great souvenir that you can buy from Italy, especially if you are visiting Venice and its surrounding areas, is Murano glass. In fact, visiting a Murano atelier is one of the hidden gems in Venice and on Murano island, and that makes it a memorable experience in itself.
Murano Glass is renowned for its quality and beautiful designs. The art of glassmaking in Murano dates back to the 13th century, and its legacy lives on through the skilled artisans who continue to create these beautiful art pieces. Each piece of the original Murano glass is handcrafted.
There are many different Murano glass objects which you can buy. The smallest and more affordable ones come as pendants, earrings, or pretty ornamental pieces. The bigger ones, which are significantly more expensive, can be vases, sculptures, and even lamps. It’s good to shop around, to find a unique piece. Usually, the shops in the cities, have similar products. For an authentic statement piece, it’s best to just visit a Murano glass atelier.
It is also essential that you buy the Murano glass souvenir from a reputable source. Look for authorized dealers or visit the island of Murano itself, where you can witness the glassmaking process firsthand and purchase directly from the artisans. This ensures the authenticity and quality of your Murano glass piece while supporting the local artists and the preservation of their craft.
By Milijana of World Travel Connector
Espresso and moka coffees are synonyms of Italian coffee culture and Italian lifestyle. Espresso and Moka are among the most popular drinks in Italy.
Italians sip espresso coffee in cafes and restaurants. However, they enjoy Moka coffee at home the most.
Moka coffee is known as ‘grandmother’s coffee’ in Italy. Many Italians grow up with the smell of moka coffee prepared by their ‘nonnas’ (grandmothers). A typical Italian keeps the moka pot of their granny at home as one of the dearest pieces of their family heritage. Moka coffee is thick, full-bodied, and rich in flavor coffee.
Moka coffee is a synonym for Italy, the country it originates from.
Alfonso Bialetti, an Italian man from Piedmont, invented the Moka coffeemaker. Bialetti Moka Pot is the most famous brand of moka pots. Bialetti Moka pot is among the most popular souvenirs from Italy today.
Moka pot is inexpensive, tiny, and easy to use. Standard moka pots have five sizes. The smallest size moka pot can make only one cup of coffee. Besides that, typical moka posts make six, nine, and twelve cups of coffee. Buying an original Italian Bialetti moka pot is a must for coffee lovers in Italy. The most popular Bialetti moka pots among tourists are the tiniest pots that make one to three cups of coffee.
So, consider getting a little Bialetti moka pot on your trip to Italy if you are a coffee devotee. Let the smell of moka coffee keep your travel memories of Italy at home alive!
By Denise at Chef Denise
If you’re a truffle fan, there’s no better place to purchase truffle products than Italy. Although Italy produces its fair share of chocolates, we’re talking the subterranean fungus truffle, not the sweets. If you’re wondering why someone would want to eat a fungus, it’s because they process a wonderful flavor that imparts a deliciousness like no other. Alba in the Piemonte region in the North is the truffle capital of the world. But they grow in Tuscany, Abruzzo, Umbria, and La Marche as well.
You can find truffle products at food shops and markets throughout Italy. The Italian superstore Eataly always has an array of products if you are in one of the Italian cities that has one like Rome, Turin, Milan, or Bologna. But there are plenty of other options in the gourmet shops of these city centers too. Sometimes you can even find them at the airport if you need to spend the last of your euros.
The white truffles are more expensive than the black ones, but depending on the product, it may not be worth it. Hopefully, you can taste them first. The truffle oils are wonderful on pasta, meats, and eggs. You can kick up the flavor of most any dish with truffle salts. You will even find preserved truffles in small jars, perfect for shaving as a finishing touch. If you love creating charcuterie boards, add a bit of truffle honey and it will be a hit. It pairs perfectly with Italian cheeses like Gorgonzola and nuts. Whatever truffle product you choose, you will not regret it!
By Sarah at In Search of Sarah
One of the best souvenirs to buy in Italy to remind you of your travels is ceramics. Pottery-making is one of the oldest forms of art known to man, and you’ll be able to find it throughout the country.
Ceramics of all shapes, sizes, and colours can be found for all purposes throughout small towns and villages as well as larger cities. Different ornate patterns and colours vary by region. You may find gorgeous yellow lemons on ceramics from Positano, one of the best towns along the Amalfi Coast, or symmetrical calligraphic patterns from Deruta, in Umbria.
From roadside stands to ceramic shops, ceramics are easily found starting in Naples, Sorrento, Capri, and south along the coast of Italy. Each shop is unique and features the designs of their region. Each object is handmade and hand-painted, making these souvenirs extra special!
Incredible colourful ceramics line alleyways and shop walls and there’s no shortage of choice. If you’re stuck deciding on which bowl, utensil, or jar to get, you can always grab a vibrant tile.
These are great for coasters as well as hanging on your wall. They’re small and easy to transport, but if you do happen to end up buying a larger item and are wondering how to get this Italian souvenir home, most shops will ship to your location!
Ceramics have a long-standing history in Italy. Authentically made, easy to transport, and as a beautiful reminder of your travels, there’s no doubt that ceramics make one of the best souvenirs to bring back from Italy!
By Alisha at Travel Today Work Tomorow
Florence, Italy, is a city steeped in rich cultural heritage and tradition. It is famously known for its iconic Duomo, historic bridge, delicious food and wine, and a plethora of galleries and museums.
A city tradition that the city has been known for since the 13th century is its leather production. Florence was an ideal location for the leather-making industry due to its proximity to the Arno River, which provided water for the tanning process.
Purchasing authentic Italian leather is one of the best souvenirs to bring back with you because you can enjoy it for years and years to come. As you walk the streets of Florence, you will find an array of leather handbags, gloves, wallets, jackets, belts, and more.
For a small souvenir, the bustling San Lorenzo Market and the Mercato Nuovo are great spots to purchase leather. However, if you are looking for an authentic Italian leather jacket or shoes, it is recommended to buy from one of the boutique leather shops. Such as Benheart, so you know that you are getting the best quality.
If you are looking for that perfect leather accessory, Florence’s buttery soft, and high-quality leather goods can make for an incredible gift or souvenir from your trip to Italy.
Santa Maria Novella perfume wax tablets
By Bernadette of Live a Relaxed Life
Florence is a city full of artisans who create works of art, jewelry, and food, among other things. And Santa Maria Novella is known as one of the most beautiful basilicas in the city, but it is also where Dominican monks crafted herbal medicines, soaps, and fragrances. Aside from trying all the Florentine food, you should visit the 600-year-old pharmacy and get a souvenir to remember Firenze.
In fact, the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is the oldest pharmacy in the world, and its laboratory can still be visited today. Within its walls are ornate wood paneling, handpainted frescoes, and glittering chandeliers, which are works of art in themselves. Ancient books, jars, and equipment are on display, and, of course, across the shelves are the beautiful bottles of scents, intricately designed boxes of soap, and other home scents in velvet bags.
But, if you cannot visit the historic pharmacy, numerous Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella shops are scattered around the cobblestone streets of Florence. At the luxurious stores, you can buy a bottle of parfum if you want to splurge a little. Otherwise, the soaps and scented wax candles are just as fragrant and easier to take home if you only have carry-on luggage! I have it in my cabinet drawers, and it lightly scents my clothes and reminds me of Florence every day.
By Martina at PlacesofJuma
A fantastic idea for a souvenir from Italy is undoubtedly cheese! Produced in almost every region of the country, Italy boasts an abundance of traditional and regional delicacies. One such famous example is Parmesan cheese from the Parma region near Verona, but the variety goes far beyond that.
The best part is that acquiring these delicious cheeses is a breeze, as supermarkets and fromageries (cheese shops) in any destination typically offer a wide selection of regional cheeses. If you’re not sure which cheese to choose, don’t hesitate to ask the knowledgeable staff to help you find the perfect match. To ease any transportation concerns, it’s a good idea to have the cheese vacuum-packed at the store.
What’s truly delightful is that Italian cheese comes in a variety of price ranges, making it accessible to all. You do not have to break the bank, as you can find good and affordable pieces for as little as 5 to 10 euros. Of course, for those looking for a more luxurious option, the possibilities are virtually limitless. It’s important to note that in Italy, cheese prices are typically quoted per 100 grams.
For cheese lovers, foodies, and gourmets alike, cheese from Italy is the ultimate souvenir choice. A true embodiment of the country’s rich culinary heritage, Italian cheese promises to leave a lasting impression on your taste buds and evoke fond memories of your travels.
By Erin at Erin’s Travel Tips
When it comes to an iconic souvenir from Italy, one of the top choices is a locally-made Italian perfume. Scents evoke memories and transport us to different times and places. The smell of lemons, for example, brings back recollections of sitting amongst the lemon trees at a quaint outdoor restaurant on the Amalfi Coast with views of the Mediterranean Sea. Its aroma provides an olfactory snapshot of your Italian journey long after you return home.
Italy is known for famous perfume brands like Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gucci. But there’s more to discover. For example, on the Island of Capri, you’ll find Carthusia. This local perfume house, with roots dating back to the Carthusian monks, produces exceptional fragrances. Carthusia’s perfumes, like Aria Di Capri or Carthusia Mediterraneo, reflect the essence of the local landscape. The aroma recalls the Mediterranean breeze, wildflowers, and lemon gardens.
If you’re traveling to Florence, you must make a visit to the oldest pharmacy in the world, Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. Dominican monks opened this pharmacy in 1221, and today it makes some of the most exquisite products in Italy, like luxurious perfumes, candles, soaps, and other skincare products.
Whether you purchase a locally made perfume from a small company or a nationally recognized brand, it doesn’t matter. The memory of buying the perfume will stay with you every time you wear it.
While most souvenirs like food or wine, you will get one or two uses, perfume, you can keep for years. Every time you wear a locally made Italian perfume, it will be a delightful reminder of your Italian adventure, making it truly unique!
Illy Coffee Cups
By Valentina at Valentina’s Travel Guide
If you want to enjoy your coffee stylishly and elegantly every morning (and afternoon), purchasing a set of Illy Coffee Cups Art Collection in Italy could be the perfect idea. Illy Coffee originated in Trieste, a beautiful city in the northern east of Italy you can’t miss visiting while touring Italy.
Trieste is famous for its strong wind Bora and for being Illy Coffee’s headquarters. There you can visit the first Illy Caffe’, where to enjoy delicious coffee and admire a wide selection of coffee sets. If you want to purchase some coffee or these famous Illy coffee cups, take advantage of the Illy Shop in via Luigi Einaudi in Trieste.
In this shop, you will find coffee for moka, espresso machine, American coffee, and many beautiful Coffee Cups Sets of different sized, perfect for espresso or cappuccino.
These cups provide a great drinking experience and make for a beautiful souvenir from Trieste to bring back from your visit to Italy.
You might spend a lot of time there. They sell so many different types of coffee for every taste that you will buy more than you need. But who doesn’t love to receive some Illy coffee purchased in the Italian city where it has been made for the first time?
Venetian Mask or costume
If you’re looking for the perfect souvenir to take back home with you from Venice, look no further than a Venetian mask!
These masks are quite iconic and make great conversation pieces. They come in all shapes and sizes, from intricate beaded works of art to classic designs like the plague doctor or commedia dell’arte character masks.
Many shops in Venice specialize in Venetian masks and some even offer classes in mask-making. When you buy a mask, make sure to check the quality and authenticity of the materials used and find out if it was made by hand or machine.
Wearing one of these beautiful masks will be sure to put a smile on your face (and those around you) as you explore the canals and cobbled streets of Venice.
When you get home, make sure to store it in a safe place away from moisture and direct sunlight, as this will help maintain its quality for years to come.
If you’re looking for an even more special souvenir, why not pick up a Venetian carnival costume? Many of the shops in Venice sell these beautiful hand-embroidered costumes and accessories that are perfect for any masquerade ball or special event.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For a taste of Italy to bring back home, consider purchasing some locally made extra virgin olive oil. Known for its rich and robust flavor, Italian extra virgin olive oil is a staple in every Italian kitchen and a treasure in any food lover’s pantry.
While traveling through Italy, you’ll find a variety of local markets and specialized shops that offer a wide selection of extra virgin olive oil, each with distinct flavor profiles depending on the region it’s from.
Always look for bottles with a “DOP” (Denominazione di Origine Protetta) label, which guarantees that the product is locally sourced and produced.
Also, remember to pack the olive oil in your checked baggage to avoid any issues at the airport.
Once you get home, use your souvenir to whip up an authentic Italian pasta dish or as a delicious dipping sauce for bread— a perfect way to keep your Italian adventures alive even after the journey ends.
When it comes to designer goods, Italy is a treasure trove. Known worldwide as a hub for luxury and style, you can’t go wrong with Italian designer items.
Firstly, Italian leather goods are unrivaled, with Florence being the epicenter of leather craftsmanship. A beautifully crafted leather bag or wallet is a must-buy. Brands like Gucci, Fendi, and Prada originated here and their products continue to exemplify Italian elegance.
Secondly, consider investing in high-quality Italian shoes. Brands like Ferragamo and Tod’s are renowned for their exquisite detailing and comfort.
If you’re into fashion, Italian designer clothes can be a great addition to your wardrobe. Brands like Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Armani are synonymous with Italian style and sophistication.
Jewelry is another category where Italian craftsmanship shines. Consider a piece from Bulgari or Damiani for a truly special memento.
Finally, don’t forget about Italian perfumes. Brands like Acqua di Parma offer fragrances infused with the essence of Italian landscapes, making them a perfect olfactory souvenir.
Affordable Souvenirs from Italy
For those on a budget, fear not, Italy also offers a wide range of affordable and authentic souvenirs that encapsulate the spirit of the country.
Local markets are a treasure trove of inexpensive, yet meaningful mementos. From hand-painted ceramics and charming trinkets to colorful glassware, there’s something for everyone.
Postcards with beautiful Italian sceneries and books about Italian history, art, or cooking can be a wonderful reminder of your journey. Lastly, don’t forget to pick up some traditional Italian music CDs or a classic Italian film on DVD.
Tips for buying souvenirs in Italy
When it comes to buying souvenirs in Italy, there are a few top tips to consider. First off, do your research. Before you fall in love with that beautiful handmade leather bag or that unique bottle of olive oil, make sure you’re getting the real deal. Ask questions, check labels, and verify the authenticity of the item.
Secondly, support local artisans. One of the best ways to take a piece of Italy home with you is to buy directly from the people who craft these items with love and care. You’ll find that these items have a special quality to them that mass-produced souvenirs just can’t replicate.
Thirdly, go off the beaten path. While the main tourist areas are filled with shops selling souvenirs, you’ll often find more unique and authentic goods in the smaller, quieter streets.
Lastly, always get a receipt. Not only does this serve as proof of purchase, but for certain goods, you may be eligible for a tax refund if you’re a non-EU resident.
Remember, the best souvenirs are the ones that have a story to tell, so make your shopping in Italy as much of an adventure as the trip itself!
What products is Italy famous for?
Italy is renowned for a plethora of products that reflect its rich culture, heritage, and craftsmanship. Apart from the aforementioned extra virgin olive oil, Italy’s gastronomical treasures include world-famous Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Prosciutto di Parma, and truffles from the Piedmont and Umbria regions. The country’s fame also extends to beverages, with Italian wines and Prosecco gaining global acclaim.
On the more artistic side, Italian fashion houses such as Gucci, Prada, and Versace have defined global style for decades. Italy’s Murano glass, handmade by skilled artisans in the Venetian island of Murano, also holds a special place in the world of art and décor.
Finally, Italy’s automotive industry boasts iconic brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Fiat, known for their sophisticated designs and sleek performance. A trip to the country won’t be complete without a visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello or a stroll down Milan’s Via Monte Napoleone, where all of these luxury brands have flagship stores.
What not to buy from Italy?
While Italy offers many unique and authentic products, there are a few souvenirs you may want to avoid. This includes knock-off designer goods. With Italy being home to some of the world’s most renowned fashion houses, it’s tempting to grab a deal from street vendors offering designer replicas. However, besides being illegal, the quality of these counterfeit goods is often poor and not reflective of Italy’s celebrated craftsmanship.
Also, be wary of buying ‘Murano’ glass from vendors outside of the island of Murano. There are numerous cheap replicas on the market. If you’re seeking authentic Murano glass, it’s best to buy directly from verified artisans on the island itself.