Favorite souvenir or purchase in Italy?

Oct 16th, 2003, 01:55 PM
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Bluebird, that's too bad that you lost your precious gifts! Try this: go to any search engine--Yahoo, Google, etc. and type in "Vatican souvenir gifts" and you will come up with several places that might help. Www.romegiftshop.com is one of them. I tried a similar approach because I wanted to order some extra souvenirs from Italy myself.
 
Oct 16th, 2003, 02:11 PM
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For ceramics, try Antica Siena, I don't know the website address but I know they have one and ship to the US (I'm waiting for my package to arrive right now).
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Oct 16th, 2003, 02:12 PM
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Hit post to soon...also try madeinfirenze.it for papers and leather...
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Oct 16th, 2003, 03:38 PM
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Hi bluebird,

Have faith. Your luggage will show up.
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Oct 16th, 2003, 03:44 PM
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Hi barb,

My lady wife also collects refrigerator magnets as souvenirs.
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Nov 6th, 2003, 10:25 AM
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Nov 7th, 2003, 11:23 AM
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On our 1st trip to Italy, we were just happy to be there and didn't bring home a lot of things. Our 2nd trip was in June and it is a good thing we had a couple of empty duffle bags....we packed Brunello wine, limoncello, dried porcini mushrooms, olive oil,silk scarves and ties, a jewelry box, and on and on. My favorite thing is the navy blue leather coat from Florence that was tailored just for me and mailed later. We also bought a lazy Susan in San G that was handpainted to match our wall paper and fabric in our home. This was also mailed and arrived in perfect shape. Needless to say, I was almost embarrassed with all of our suitcases as we left Italy, as we pride ourselves on packing light. Can't think of one thing I'm sorry we brought home though !
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Nov 7th, 2003, 12:22 PM
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Truffle Oil....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Nov 7th, 2003, 08:09 PM
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I agree with artwork. Our dining room walls are covered with paintings of the places we've been. It's a great conversation starter when we host dinner parties!
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Nov 9th, 2003, 06:47 AM
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Definitely the exquisite pottery that we brought back. Everytime I look at these pieces it brings me right back to Italy!
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Nov 9th, 2003, 03:14 PM
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a jar of pesto from the cinque terre...heaven...(treated like fine caviar in our household)
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Apr 2nd, 2011, 06:26 PM
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I met the owner of WIXONGLASS.COM when I was in Florence. The guy does amazing and reasonable glass gift work!!
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Apr 2nd, 2011, 11:03 PM
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Paintings from the artists themselves and be sure to have a photo taken with you and the artist. I prefer to pack them flat (as opposed to rolling). Buy a newspaper or take along some manilla files to keep them from getting damaged.

I have bought a lot of small ceramics as gifts which I've tucked into my luggage. However, I've purchased some huge centerpieces and wall plates that were shipped to me. The shipments have always arrived safely. Even though you pay for the shipping, it gives you the peace of mind that your treasures/memories will arrive in one piece and you're not carrying them around with you hoping for the best.

If you are brave enough to try oils, vinegars or wines, take along with you a new bag called a wine sleeve which I believe is available in liquor stores in the US. I haven't used them yet, but they are supposed to seal completely in a double safe packing that protects the bottle from breaking and/or leaking.
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Apr 2nd, 2011, 11:06 PM
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Forgot one thing - if you pass any antique shops, do stop in. Some of my best souvenirs have been lovely pieces from Italy, France and Portugal which have some of the country's history along with my own memories of the trips.
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Apr 4th, 2011, 09:07 PM
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Any recommendations on how to best bring via airplane or mail things home ? We will be going in September and I'll have the obligatory small wheeled luggage also - not condusive to a lot of space. I KNOW I want to bring home Lemoncillo.

I just recently saw a duffle bag that can be rolled up into a small bag that I thought might give me xtra carry home space if I packed it into luggage.
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Apr 4th, 2011, 11:41 PM
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I absolutely adore Venetian glass and masks. I have a lovely colourful clock hanging on my wall which I just love. Can't wait to go back and buy a suitcase full of more bits and pieces of glass !!
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Apr 4th, 2011, 11:47 PM
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I don't know how to get Limoncello through unless you put it in checked baggage.

With regard to mailing, haven't done any packaging or mailing on my own. The stores where I have purchased ceramics are large enough operations that they routinely package and ship all over the world.

If you can take the rolled up duffle bag as an extra in case you need it, that's great. Just make sure that it's not considered excess baggage if you are already checking a bag. If you're just taking one carry on and can use the duffle bag for gifts and souvenirs, that works - except that I would carry the bag with gifts and check the bag with my clothes.
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