Italy Souvenirs: What to Buy in Italy

When visiting Italy, you can’t help but be enchanted by its rich culture, beautiful art, and delicious cuisine. But don’t forget to take home something special. A unique Italy souvenir is a wonderful reminder of your travels every time you look at it! From Murano glass to Venetian masks, Italian products make great gifts for yourself or someone else. We’ll explore the best souvenirs from Italy so you know exactly what to look for on your trip. 

Limoncello

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A popular Italian liqueur, limoncello is made from the zest of lemons and has a sweet yet tart flavor. It’s often served as an after-dinner digestif or enjoyed over ice on hot summer days. Limoncello makes for a unique gift that can be found in many places throughout Italy. Look for bottles with bright yellow labels and ornate designs.

For those looking to buy the best quality limoncello, we recommend taking a Sorrento Coast Boat Tour with Limoncello Tasting. Not only will you get to bask in the sun on stunning waters, but you’ll also have the chance to discover which is the best limoncello to bring home with you.

Art Replicas

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Italy is home to some of the most iconic artworks in the world, like the ancient ruins of Rome and the Renaissance masterpieces in Florence. While the originals are usually not for sale, you can always take home a replica instead. These replicas are often made by skilled artisans who have studied and replicated the originals as closely as possible. They make great souvenirs because they remind you of your time spent exploring Italy’s incredible museums and galleries.

You can often find replicas and prints of art pieces in the museums that house the works. So why not make the most of your museum experience with a tour? Our Florence Uffizi & Accademia Gallery Tour takes you to see David in the Academia Gallery. Or the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica Tour takes you to see some of the most famous religious paintings in the world. You’ll learn all the history and techniques behind your favorite works from an expert tour guide. Then you can share what you’ve learned with your family and friends through your replica at home!

Italian Cookbooks

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Cookbooks are the perfect souvenirs from Italy, as they allow you to recreate the delicious flavors of Italian cuisine in your kitchen. Look for cookbooks that feature regional recipes from places you’ve visited. You can also check out specialized cookbooks that focus on a favorite Italian dish like pasta or pizza. Regardless of what book you choose, an Italian cookbook will always be a memorable and useful souvenir. 

You can also build your cookbook by taking an Italian cooking class. The Tuscany Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class from Florence and the Florence Food & Wine 5-Day Tour Package are two of our best cooking classes in Tuscany and they’re both great options for learning to cook the Italian way from an actual regional expert. A cookbook is an easy option, but nothing beats personal experience for learning and memory-making. If you’re not sure which food tour is right for you, check out our useful guide for how to find the best Italy food tour.

Venetian Masks

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Venice is best known for its iconic masks. They are made of porcelain or leather and decorated with feathers, gems, and other materials. These traditional Italian masks have been used in Carnival celebrations since the 13th century. They remain popular today. Venetian masks make excellent gifts for anyone who loves art and history. They can be found in many souvenir shops throughout Venice.

To get the most authentic experience, check out the Venice Carnival Mask Workshop. You’ll learn directly from artisan mask makers and get to take home your very own handmade Venetian mask! A tour like this allows you to connect with local craftsmen and get to know local customs in a truly unique way.

Olive Oil

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Olive oil has been a part of Italian culture for centuries, and it’s not just used in cooking. It’s also used as a beauty product due to its many nourishing benefits. Olive oil is native to the Mediterranean region, so you can be sure that what you find in Italy is the real deal. Olive oil is sure to make for a great dinner conversation piece back home.

With so many places to get olive oil in Italy, it’s hard to decide what is the best option. The help of an expert tour guide is sure to narrow down your search. You can discover authentic olive oil to take home with you on the Masseria Evo Olive Oil Tasting Tour from Ostuni. Or you can explore Italy’s historic olive oil groves and get some exercise on the Biking Ancient Olive Plains from Montalbano Tour.

Burano Lace & Murano Glass 

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Murano and Burano are two islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Your trip isn’t complete without visiting both of them. Murano is renowned for its exquisite glass art, while Burano is home to the finest lace-making workshops in Italy. Both these crafts have been passed down through generations. No two pieces are ever alike since each artisan follows their creative instincts when making them. So you can be sure your souvenir is one-of-a-kind! 

You can see both islands on either the Murano and Burano Day Tour from Venice or the Best of Venice & Venice Islands 2-Day Tour. You’ll learn the artisan processes on both tours and have your pick of souvenirs. This is your best way to see both of the islands and all their souvenirs in a short amount of time. Plus, you’ll talk to expert guides and local artisans that you can learn so much from.

Locally-Made Wine

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Italian wines are some of the most popular in the world and with good reason. Italy produces a variety of reds and whites that are beloved for their complexity and flavor. These wines make great souvenirs because they are unique to Italy and come in all shapes and sizes. Plus, most Italian wines are relatively affordable compared to other European countries.

There are a variety of Italian Wine Tours that take you throughout the country. Some, like the Milan Wine Tasting Experience, focus on one place with a variety of wines. Others focus on one regional type of wine, like the Prosecco Tasting Tour from Venice. Whatever tour you choose, you’ll learn the ins and outs of Italian wine making and tasting from some of the most knowledgeable experts in the country.

Ceramics

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Italian ceramics are some of the most beautiful and unique products you can find in Italy. Each region has its style, but for something truly special, head to the island of Ortigia. Located off the coast of Sicily, Ortigia is home to some of the most beautiful and unique ceramic pieces in Italy. Handpainted plates, bowls, and other objects feature bright colors, intricate designs, and classic Italian motives. These items are perfect for adding an Italian touch to your home or office.

You can wander through Ortiga’s craft and ceramic scene on the Artisans of Ortigia Tour. This tour is perfect for those who want to find a unique souvenir and support local vendors. You’ll also learn more about the ceramic process than you could have ever expected with the help of a local guide and vendors.

Make Memories Worth Taking Home with Tourist Italy!

While items are a great reminder of your travels, memories of your trip are always the best Italy souvenirs. And there’s no one better at making memorable experiences than Tourist Italy. With our wide range of tours and package tours, we allow you to make the most of your time in the Boot. Through unique experiences alongside knowledgeable guides, you’ll discover as much of Italy as you want. Opt for an extended stay in one city like Florence or Rome, or join one of our Best of Italy Tour Packages for an overview of the country’s highlights. Opt for the latter, and it’ll be easier than ever to collect all these best Italy souvenirs from around the country! You can also take advantage of our website’s travel guides and articles to plan your Italian getaway on your terms.

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