Favorite souvenir or purchase in Italy?

Oct 13th, 2003, 09:12 AM
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I definitely recommend buying 18 kt jewelry in ITALY- esp FLorence...I have been doing this for over 20 years and everytime I come home, the items appraise for 3 X the price I paid...

I go to a great jeweler on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence-called S. Vaggi...
there are 2 stores- the larger main on is on the end of the Ponte Vecchio on the Duomo side of the bridge...ASK for Roberto--he is the owner and will deal with you....
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Oct 13th, 2003, 11:16 AM
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Having just returned two weeks ago, my wife would have to pick between her leather jacket from Florence, the hand painted pottery from Siena, or the bracelet from Lake Como. No hard decision for me -- Burnello!
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Oct 13th, 2003, 11:38 AM
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Yeah, that's a "hot" wine. Sorry, I couldn't help it. Even though I have some buyers remorse, I'm looking forward to wearing my leather jacket I bought in Firenze (if it ever gets cool in So. Cal), and my wife is already wearing the bling bling she bought on the Ponte Vecchio.

My favorite souvenir to purchase in Italy, however is limoncello.

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Oct 13th, 2003, 12:25 PM
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My wife and I are both shoppers. We alwasy buy one very nice item in each majo location for our house. Painting, ceramic, etc. She buys pocket books and I collect lead soldiesr that I have accumulated from all over Europe.
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Oct 13th, 2003, 01:06 PM
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My favorites: handmade ceramic serving pieces from Positano. It has a lemon motif which will always remind me of our stay there. Also from Positano, a painting that was the exact view from our hotel room balcony. It has such bold colors with the ocean below, the church dome, and the hotels that dot the hillside. Still need to get it framed though! Also, my favorite "cheap" souvenirs are magnets. I get them wherever I travel so now I have a nice Capri, Positano,and Rome one to add to my collection! All my travel magnets make me smile every time I open the refrigerator.

One that I WISHED I would have gotten- a very lovely handblown glass Christmas ornament. I meant to go back for it while in Capri and I just ran out of time and didn't go back to get it.

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Oct 13th, 2003, 01:22 PM
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prepared wild boar ragu, hare ragu and excellent grappa
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Oct 13th, 2003, 01:33 PM
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Am I the only one who thinks that 21-year old balsamic vinegar for 20E was a bargain?

Re limoncello: the good stuff is greenish. If it is very yellow, it has additives.
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Oct 13th, 2003, 06:20 PM
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A bottle opener with the Pope on it, give me a break I was 21! Use it consistently to this day.
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Oct 14th, 2003, 02:25 AM
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I always bring back those fun little bottles of limoncello or grappa. I have found them in all sorts of shapes and sizes, with hand decorations and inscriptions on them even! When visiting Portofino last year, I bought 7 bottles of grappa - each in royal blue bottles decorated with hand-painted violets and gold lettering - for only 7 euros each! It was a hit with everyone I gave them to (besides being a lovely souvenir to display on a shelf long after the liquer is gone!) Last month, I brought back both lemon (yellow) and melon (orange) colored limoncello in round bottles decorated wtih ceramic lemon clusters on them from the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento). Also, those cute little bottles of pesto make nice gifts too and are available all throughout Italy (although more found in the north of Italy). I always travel prepared and pack bubble wrap, sealing tape, and bags in my suitcase so I can bring back my treasures in one piece!
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Oct 14th, 2003, 04:05 AM
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Hi Maitaitom,
Message: "Burnello!"
Opps - guess I was thinking about what that purchase did to my credit card!
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Oct 14th, 2003, 07:09 AM
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a cashmere coat.
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Oct 14th, 2003, 07:12 AM
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Caffarel chocolate
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Oct 14th, 2003, 07:24 AM
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I also like kitchen tools that I normally don't see here in the US. Last visit, it was a cheese grater. Unfortunately it recently broke , so I guess I'm due for another visit. I've also purchased some small ceramic peices while i Orvieto on 2 ocassion, I wish I had purchase more. Lastly, I like to purchase prints that I have framed at home.
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Oct 14th, 2003, 09:30 AM
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Here is what we brought home. And I would have brought back tons more, had I not been browbeat into taking a puny 24" rolling luggage bag.

- ceramics from Deruta and Gubbio (both different styles)
- table linens (dinner napkins, etc.) from Todi
- 2 expresso pots & coffee from Naples
- lemon soaps from Sorrento in shape of lemons
- calendar from Rome
- leather handbag from Rome
- silk shawl from Rome
- limoncello from Sorrento
- Pecorino and Reggiano cheeses from duty free, salami (confiscated due to dummy not reading up on prohibited items...)
Oct 14th, 2003, 10:10 AM
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DLN: Your suitcase sounds like EXACTLY like mine! When I returned from Italy after Christmas and New Years this year I also brought back parmagiano reggiano, asaggio and pecorino cheeses, as well as salami. Everything was very well wrapped and I put it inside the 2 espresso machines I was bringing back (among other things). I was checked at the airport in Milano, as well as WDC Customs upon arrival in the US and was even pulled out of line by United and searched. They never took anything from me and all my stuff arrived with me in one piece! I guess it depends on the time or the checking agent or? Among my Deruta plates, 3 pairs of childrens' shoes, 2 purses, Roma calendar, bottles of limoncello and other misc things I brought back last month, I brought back cheese again and no one took it out that time either!
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Oct 14th, 2003, 12:48 PM
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1. A bottle of Fragolino (an Italian dessert wine-- it tastes of strawberries because the grapes are grown in the same field as strawberries).

2. A gorgeous piece of Amalfi pottery-- a serving dish purchased in Positano.

3. Coffee beans and cappucino cups from Caffe Sant'Eustachio in Rome.
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Oct 14th, 2003, 03:58 PM
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Two little Capodimonte dolls in beautiful costumes for $6.00 each. We bought them at a roadside tourist stand in Tyndari - Sicily - by the basillica. I have seen them here in Boston in an e xclusive shop for $85 each - same dolls!
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Oct 14th, 2003, 04:58 PM
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Unique artworks from Bac Art Studio in Venice - had them framed and they're a constant reminder of our trip last year. Very reasonable prices for limited edition prints - in San Polo
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Oct 15th, 2003, 09:06 AM
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Some of my favorites: A small water color that I bought at an art show in Bellagio; Ceramics; Venician glass birds; Grappa (especially the Grappa I bought in Pisa in small Leaning Towers - adorably tacky!); spices; linens; a good leather purse. I'm sure there are more, and I'm sure I'll discover more when I am there in February -- can't wait.
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Oct 16th, 2003, 12:40 PM
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I bought ceramics in Siena, Marbled paper goods in Florence,religious souvenirs in Rome. I was wodering if you shoppers could help me? I've been home 5 days and after lugging my 22" carryon everywhere in Italy I decided to check my luggage for the flight home because I got very sick my last day in Italy. And , you guessed it, my luggage is still out there somewhere. I have faith it will show up some day. I bought some Holy cards and medals at a Vatican Museum store for relatives and don't have the heart not to have anything for them. Does any one know a mail order source or web adress so I can try to buy some replacement souvenirs? I'd appreciate any help. Thanks
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