No trip is complete without bringing a piece of it home to remember forever. When you travel to Italy, you're bound to get inundated with a plethora of offerings of things to take home with you. To save yourself the money (and the luggage space!), here's a quick guide of some of the best souvenirs to watch for:
What better way to remember the vineyards and vistas from your Italy trip than to open a bottle of wine you purchased there several months or even years after returning home? Italy has some of the world's best wine, which makes it a great souvenir to take home with you.
If you opt to bring wine home with you, remember that it will need to be placed in your checked luggage. Certain countries and states have customs requirements for the amount of alcohol that can be brought in and some may be subject to taxes.
The tastes and flavors of Italy are so fantastic that of course you will want to bring some home with you. Some of the best options are the food items that are hard to come by when returning home—fresh olive oil, specialty cheeses, olives, balsamic vinegar, etc.
As long as you're not carrying fresh produce or meat, you will be able to enter through most customs checkpoints hassle free.
The Functional Souvenir
Souvenirs are more meaningful if they are serving more of a purpose than just collecting dust on the shelf. Items that are both useful and a good reminder of your trip make great souvenirs, and Italy has lots of them to offer.
A pair of Florentine leather gloves, a belt, handbag, or shoes will be a great reminder of your strolls along the Arno River. An eloquently painted pasta bowl can bring back memories of the views you saw along the Amalfi coast. Or a Venetian vase can help you reminisce about your leisurely gondola ride every time you place flowers in it.
If a picture says 1,000 words, then photos make some of the best souvenirs from your trip. Plus the bonus is they don't take up any luggage space! In Italy, it's not difficult to find a beautiful view or background, and you're sure to come home with a lot of display-worthy photographs. Don't just leave them on your smartphone or sitting in a computer file. Print them off, frame them, or even make them into a gallery wrap canvas for an extra special way to showcase your trip around the house.
We hope these tips help you find some great souvenirs in Italy that will help you remember your trip for years to come!