You favorite Italy Souvenirs

Mar 28th, 2001, 10:36 AM
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Get what you can carry -- if you want to ship anything, it will probably cost you the price of the object in postage and fees.

One tip -- if you see zillions of similar items (ceramics, for example), don't just tune them out out -- instead ask yourself if you're likely to see anything like them when you get back home.
 
Mar 28th, 2001, 10:41 AM
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I wouldn't bring back any cheeses, and would be careful with the food stuff. Since the "Foot&Mouth" scare, customs is much on guard.
 
Mar 28th, 2001, 10:54 AM
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Violette,
Everyone here has given you great ideas. Believe me, once you are there, you will have trouble deciding what to bring home. You can't bring home everything. If you go to Florence there are several outside markets, and there are great inexpensive things there. Everywhere I go I find interesting things that I would never find at home. And don't forget to stop at the rest areas if you can. They have wonderful grocery areas, and the meats and cheese are for the most part, already vacumn sealed, and therefore can be brought home. Have a ownderful trip!
 
Mar 28th, 2001, 10:58 AM
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Oops, that was wonderful. Also, another thing, I bring home a good amount of stuff, usually stopping in another country for a week before I come home. I have never broken a single thing and ceramics are my favorite. Watch them wrap things, and bring some bubble wrap of your own. When packing to come home, bring an extra duffle, to be carried on by you only. Arrange your breakables around and between some dirty clothes, and soft sided things. I've never lost a thing, and every trip I go ceramic shopping in Deruta.
 
Mar 28th, 2001, 11:28 AM
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Another big vote for kitchen gadgets - the Italians have the coooolest stuff - salt and pepper grinders, pasta thingmys, gizmos that you say "what's that for?" then afterward don't know how you survived without it... really fun shopping.
 
Mar 28th, 2001, 01:34 PM
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In San G., almost next door tot he Hotel Antico Pozzo, there's a great kitchen store where most everything is made of Olive wood. Beautiful bowls and salad tongs etc..check it out.

By the way, I too brought back a tacky Pope snowglobe and gave it to a friend that collects them. He put it proudly in the most honored place..the middle of the mantle. I was touched.
 
Mar 28th, 2001, 02:32 PM
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Shoes!(although better in Rome, still...)

Wendy, how on earth did you get past customs? I got stopped with one measly salami.
 
Mar 28th, 2001, 02:55 PM
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TRUST ME, I HELD my breath!

I do this far too often, but having yet been caught, my courage is out of control. Every time I leave for Europe, my friends don't say, "BON VOYAGE", it's, "WE HOPE YOU MAKE IT ACROSS THE BORDER!"

What happened when you got busted with your salami? (Excuse me, I'm sorry! I can't help but giggle...)E-mail me directly if you have to!
 
Mar 28th, 2001, 03:14 PM
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In San Gimignano I bought a colorful, large, ceramic spoon rest. It's pretty, it's functional, and everyone who walks into my kitchen asks about it.
It cost the equivalent of about $4 in 1998.
 
Mar 28th, 2001, 05:30 PM
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Violetta:
To me the key to good souvenirs is that they are small, relatively inexpensive (unless, of course, you can get some good jewels!!), and they bring back great memories.
Outside of Rome we went to some catacombs, something I had always wanted to see since Bible school when I was little (those stories were so graphic). There were a couple of things for sale at the entrance that I fell in love with. One was a small clay pot that fit in the palm of your hand that the Christians put oil in to light their way underground. I gave that to my friend. The other is a 3"x2" square piece of ceramic with a little peak on it with some raised symbols on the front. The Christians used to put their family symbols (logo?)on it to indicate the entrance to their family hideout (catacomb). So when you walk through the catacombs you see these little plates by each entrance. I'm not religious at all but I thought that was so cool so I placed it by my front door at home. No one sees it, or even notices it, but it takes me back to that eery place of life and death.
 
Mar 29th, 2001, 10:48 AM
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Ladies, FYI: The last foot and mouth disease Canada dealt with came from an illegally smuggled sausage. So, Wendy, were you the one who smuggled animal products into England recently? The problems in England are destroying people's lives. All so you can eat a salami? Smuggling seems like such fun, doesn't it? Sure gives you a giggle to talk about it. Grow up!
 
Mar 29th, 2001, 11:30 AM
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Wendy,Customs confiscated it ( I bet they had a good lunch).

This was at LAX..where do you check-in? next time I'll give you a grocery list.
 
Mar 29th, 2001, 02:25 PM
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To the top! This thread is REALLY fun, thanks Violetta! Can't wait to go, pope snow doodaas and elicit salami!
 
Mar 29th, 2001, 03:09 PM
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Fed:

Thanks for not letting me down, I thought somoene would post that response after I wrote it.

However,I only brought CURED meat back, and was told it was safe to do so before I left by extremely competent officials.

I hardly doubt blaming me personally for this terrible epidemic does much good and except give you someone to yell at openly.

Whatever works for you.
 
Mar 29th, 2001, 05:09 PM
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OOPs I meant illicet NOT elicit salami! Still fun tho!
 
Mar 29th, 2001, 08:55 PM
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AAh, the memories! Let's see: 5 pairs of Bruno Magli's purchased in Verona--I still wear them--best shoes I've ever had! (5 years ago,and they are still fashionable). Then there were the lovely ceramic "whatchamacallits" I have hanging in my kitchen I bought in Sorrento--paid about $10 for 8 of them--here they cost $28 each. A lovely table runner in the market in Florence--cost about $10, and all my gold jewelry purchased in Florence (18 K). Constant reminders of a wonderful trip!
 
Mar 30th, 2001, 03:35 AM
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For the Catholics in the crowd: we brought back rosaries from the Vatican gift shop blessed by the Pope. They were made out of compressed rose petals and had a wonderful rose aroma.
 
Mar 30th, 2001, 05:03 PM
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I bought a very inexpensive print of the Duomo bell tower in Florence. It is about 3 feet tall. Once it was framed, it became a very striking souvenir. I bought it in one of the paper shops on the way to the Ponte Vecchio.
 

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