Favorite souvenir or purchase in Italy?

Sep 3rd, 2003, 09:05 AM
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Favorite souvenir or purchase in Italy?

In October I will be making my first trip to Italy, spending 4 days in Rome and 7 in Tuscany. I was wondering what things people bought that became their "favorite" Italian souvenir.
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 09:11 AM
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Long black leather boots in Florence. Always get compliments on them!!
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 09:17 AM
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LIMONCELLO !!!!
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 09:43 AM
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I always bring back high quality kitchen tools from my travels, if I can, something related to the distinct cuisine of the country. From Italy I brought back a silver pasta server (it looks kind of like an arm and hand with fingers to clutch the long strands of pasta). Kitchen tools are usually relatively inexpensive, not too big or too fragile for your luggage and a joy to use often at home, rather than just something to dust around. (Other examples of my souvenirs are a toast rack from England, cheese knives from France and a cake server from Germany.) Enjoy your trip.
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 09:44 AM
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The Pieta
The black and white book sold at the Vatican of the Pieta. It's in-freakin-credible. One of the most beautiful books I've ever bought, and it was under $10 and quite small.

Also, a beautiful limited edition Murano sculpture in Venice of a raven. It was $1500 US but worth it to me.

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Sep 3rd, 2003, 09:45 AM
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Another vote for Limoncello. And I also add other variations: Fragolino (same version of Limoncello but made using strawberries) and Nocino (using nuts, a bit sour, but some appreciate it).
I also suggest as a Tuscan product: VINSANTO and CANTUCCI (Vinsanto is a particular kind of old and savoury wine which is usually sipped with Cantucci, hard biscotti).
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 09:55 AM
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I always hit up hubs for a grat piece of 18 kt Italian jewlery from FLORENCE!!
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 10:01 AM
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I like kitchen/household items and beautiful coffee table photo books.

And, of course...limoncello.
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 10:50 AM
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The perfume made from all the local flowers on Capri....I believe my favorite is Capri Night. (Be careful, there are some imposters that claim to be the real Capri perfumes, but they are not. The locals can tell you which one is which.) They also have nice samplers in hand blown bottles that make great little keepsake gifts.

My little 14K gold Capri bell (it is equivalent to a charm for a bracelet or necklace) that represents the island lore.
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 11:01 AM
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Ceramics
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 11:16 AM
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Brunello di Montalcino wine - as much as I can carry.
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 12:36 PM
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Okay, what the heck is limoncello?
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 12:47 PM
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See the post below explaining...
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 12:49 PM
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local olive oil, ceramics,leather products. Hope to get lovely silk items in Como at the end of Sept.
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 12:51 PM
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I have to agree with Michelle Y as well, the ceramics are awesome. Unfortunately I did not bring any back with me.

Limoncello is a lemon flavored liqueur....it is everywhere in Italy.
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 12:56 PM
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Shoes, blue topaz ring, 18K gold charm of the Coliseum, and a crystal decantor with 6 glasses on a crystal mirror rimmed in 24K gold.
 
Sep 3rd, 2003, 02:24 PM
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In 1973, my parents brought me a cameo from Italy to thank me for making them grandparents. That baby turns 30 next month!
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Sep 3rd, 2003, 02:30 PM
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Sorrento is famous for the best lemons to be found. Lemoncello made from these lemons are the best and cost the most.
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Cream colored leather jacket from Florence. Always gets compliments and have never found any leather in US stores that compares.
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Ceramics from Deruta, table linen from Torgiano and an oil painting from Venice....and wine!
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