Italy is undoubtedly a dream destination and one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s a place where seasoned travelers will go back to time and time again thanks to beautiful attractions like The Basilica of St Francis of Assisi the stunning city of Florence and the leaning Tower of Pisa.
However, Italy is also a fantastic place to visit if you want to pick up an impressive souvenir or two. That’s why, instead of simply giving you a list of travel recommendations featuring Italy’s most stunning locations (that’s been done to death) I’m going to recommend some of the best things you should bring home from your next trip to Italy. Here they are:
A Borsalino Hat
Instead of bringing home a model of the leaning tower of Pisa or a set of rosary beads from Rome, Impress your friends and family back home by rocking up with a Borsalino hat or two. The hat, which was famously worn by notorious gangster Al Capone has been made by the same family-run Italian company since the mid 19th century, and it really cuts a dash!
Something Sexy from Cristina Linassi
If you happen to be visiting Venice, why not treat yourself, or that special someone in your life to some sexy Italian underwear from Cristina Linassi – a lesser known manufacturer of beautiful negligees made from the finest silks and delicate laces. It sure beats the usual tat from the museum souvenir shops!
Wine might be more associated with the French part of Europe, but Italy certainly holds its weight in the fermented grape drink stakes, and you can bet that your friends and family back home will be delighted with a nice bottle of Brunello di Montalcino. This is made from some of the most unique grapes in Europe, so it’s pretty special.
Speciality Olive Oil
Who doesn’t like olive oil? It tastes good and it’s good for your health (well according to many studies anyway. So, why not treat your nearest and dearest to a nice bottle of oil made by a small Italian producer,which will blow those store bought versions back home right out of the water.
Beautiful Balsmaic Vinegar
If olive oil isn’t to your taste, perhaps you and your friends back home would prefer a beautiful bottle of balsamic vinegar. The balsamic vinegar made in Italy is like nothing you’ll find at home, and although it’s expensive, it will spice up everything from pasta to salads, so it’s well worth the money.
A Beautiful Leather Bag
Officine 904, which is located in the picturesque town of Pienzea, is home to some of the softest, butteriest and beautiful handbags you will find anywhere in the world. If you’re willing to part with a bit more than average for your gifts, or you’re simply in the mood to treat yourself, going home with one or more of their offerings will be a great investment.
Italy is home to some of the most spectacular views, breathtaking history and gourmet food, so although you might want to check out some of the above, don’t waste all of your time there shopping!