Shopping in Rome has never left anyone disappointed. And no wonder this city can surprise you with the amount of tourist goods and souvenirs. Every tourist can find here what suits best: from small magnets and greeting cards to luxury handmade tableware and paintings. For you not to get lost in all of the variety we present a list of the most interesting gift ideas for your loved ones.
1. Delicious gifts
Food perhaps is one of the most loved goodies from Rome. Just like magnets and postcards food is a traditional Roman gift. Let’s look at several options:
- Famous Italian sausage and jerky. World-famous brands such as Salame Ventricina picante, Mortadella, Cotechino and Culatello. And don’t forget about popular jerky Prosciutto crudo;
- Almost every city and region in Italia has its own type of cheese. But there are “kings” among them, which are well-known to every cheese lover. Parmigiano-Reggiano, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Mascarpone, Gorgonzola, Pecorino Romano, Grana Padano and Caciocavallo: you can try all of them during your vacation and take home the most delicious;
- Of course, olive oil is a national product of Italy. Italy grows more than 10 varieties of olives. Therefore oils made of different types of olives are different from each other. It might be difficult for a tourist to pick a good one. We suggest paying attention to the type of olive. The best one is “Olio extra vergine di olive”. Also if a bottle has “DOP” (Denominazione di Origine Protetta) sign, you can be sure that this is an excellent quality product;
- Spaghetti, fettuccine, rigatoni, tagliatelle, cannelloni – there are more than 350 types of pasta in Italy. Of course you can buy Italian pasta almost everywhere in the world. But here you’ll find bigger variety, such as multi—colored pasta (even black one) or unusual shape pasta of all sizes.
2. Postcard from Vatican
With all the new technology and e-mails real post cards can be a very unique present. In Rome you have a great opportunity to send a greeting card not only from Italy, but from Vatican. Yes, they have their own post stamps. Vatican post office is now one of the most famous attractions, where lots of tourists come to send a message to their homeland. Vatican post office can be found on the square next to the St. Peter’s Basilica. Plus this is a very budget friendly gift (about 2 EUR for postcard and stamp), but not less meaningful to your friends and family.
3. Football attributes
If you have any football fans among your family or friends, they will for sure appreciate gifts from the chain stores of football clubs in Rome: “Lazio” or “Roma”. In these stores tourists can find all kinds of products with the symbol of the club: scarves, mugs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, towels, blankets and many more. Prices might be a little high, but you will be sure that this is not a fake and you’ve product with much higher quality.
4. Alcoholic beverages
Everybody knows about high quality Italian wines. Each Italian region offers variety of wines from different types of grapes. Find the one you like the most a buy it for a present. Moreover, the price for wines in Rome is very affordable. A nice bottle of wine will cost about 4-5 EUR.
Those who like stronger drinks also have a lot of options for purchase. For example, national grape drink – Grappa or if you want something more exotic – Limoncello. Although the list doesn’t end here: there’s also Amaretto – liquor based of almonds and apricots, Campari – liquor based on fruits and herbs and original Italian Sambuca.
5. Murano glass gifts
There are many shops in Rome that sell all kinds of souvenirs made of Murano glass. One of the distinctive features of Murano glassware its bright, saturated colors. All the products are very beautiful and always original. Many of them are made in single copies. Therefore it’s hard to find identical sets. Murano glassware is not cheap. Liqueur glass will cost about 15 EUR.
Murano glass is used not only for kitchenware, but also for decorative items, such as vases, necklaces and bracelets. The average cost for a set of earrings made of Murano glass is about 10 EUR. Price of a vase varies from its size and starts from 20 EUR.
6. Leather products
Italy is famous for its leather products. In Rome you will find a big choice of leather goods: handbags, shoes, belts, gloves and much more. There are lots of family run shops that for many generations have been making excellent leather shoes, as well as luxury boutiques with famous brand names. Prices will pleasantly surprise you. But don’t forget that in small stores you can always bargain for a better price, especially when buying several things. However, if brand name is very important to you, or you want to buy a 100% Italian product, prepare to pay a little more.