Experienced travelers know that a part of the whole fun of travelling is the exciting process of buying souvenirs. By the way, did you know that the word ”souvenir” is taken from French and translated it means memory? Souvenir is any object that is taken home by a traveller as memory. In the modern world it is accepted to take souvenirs back home to have something that will remind you of the crazy, adventurous days spent abroad. Nowadays, bringing souvenirs to relatives and friends after a trip has become a deep-rooted tradition. In this article we present the best souvenirs you can take home from Italy, the country of arts, love and music!
Symbols of Italy
There are some small statues, magnets and postcards that illustrate the rich culture and the beautiful sightseeing of the country. On the other hand, there are also certain souvenirs very characteristic of the region of their origin. As you know Italy has a rich historical background, as this country was the motherland of one of the biggest civilizations of old times, the Roman Empire which by the way left a rich heritage to Italians. So it is not accidental that in modern times each Italian city stands out for having its own history, lifestyle and very characteristic traditions. As a result, in each Italian town different kinds of souvenirs are offered by locals. Here’s a list of the best Italian souvenirs based on the cultural capital of each town!
Rome is where you can get Italy’s sense of style. Filled with famous designer’s boutiques this very chic city is the best place to buy signature sunglasses or expensive footwear and even jewelry from exclusive collections of famous fashion names.
San Marino is the oldest constitutional republic in the world’s history. Aside from its beautiful sightseeing San Marino also stands out for being the largest shopping center in Italy. From leather jackets and bags to high quality shoes and belts there is a whole list of things that you can buy while enjoying your stay in beautiful San Marino. However aside from the clothing pieces San Marino seems to be offering various kinds of expensive liquors stored in specific bottles especially designed as souvenirs.
A trip to Italy without a short trip to Venice would be meaningless. Venice is like the heart of Italy, the city of passion and romance, a place where arts and crafts meet! Of course you cannot leave Venice without owning the characteristic Venetian carnival mask. Carnival masks can be found on stands in practically every corner of the streets of the city, in fact there is a big variety from which you can choose, as for the prices, there’s at least one option for every budget. Another great souvenir from Venice appears to be a product made of the typical Murano glass. Murano glass is an expensive, high quality glass that makes a great souvenir.
We doubt there’s anyone in this world who has never heard of the Leaning Tower. Pisa is one of the symbols of Italy and one of the biggest tourist attraction centers of the country. So no wonder the Leaning Tower can be found illustrated on T-shirts, cups, magnets etc. Souvenirs with the mentioned icon are a great alternative especially if you’ve visited Pisa. Another popular kind of souvenir in Pisa appears to be the so-called ”falling” glasses, beer mugs etc.
It is notable that each district of Siena has its own symbol. So the best souvenir that you can take home from Siena is anything that has the characteristic symbols of the town on it. It can be either a simple T-shirt or a cool coffee mug.
Next to Naples are the ruins of the Roman city of Pompeii. Here they sell many historical books and albums devoted to the excavations, as well as various “cues” on the ancient theme: ceramic amphorae, stone phalluses in the ancient Roman style, “ancient” statues, etc.
Florence stands out for its well-developed artisan workshop culture. Especially leather cultivation workshops are what usually attract the attention of visitors. So when it comes to high quality leather pieces as well as leather decorations Florence is the right city to go to, particularly the city’s historic leather school, the Scuola del Cuoio in Santa Croce.