What to Buy in Sicily

If you’re going to Sicily and want to bring home something locally made and truly unique, here are my recommendations for what to buy in Sicily. I have purchased 3 of the 4 items below, and I bet you can guess which ones. Sicilian ceramics  These are different from those of Sardinia, Tuscany, and Umbria,…

Posted by on Aug 19, 2009 in Sicily, What to Buy Where | No Comments

The Best Italian Souvenir, Ever

The Best Italian Souvenir, Ever

Bottles of Limoncello, pottery from Tuscany, or Venetian glass may be the best gifts to bring back from Italy, but they are heavy, breakable, and inconvenient to travel with. So what do you buy for all those friends who were thrilled with a set of cloth napkins from the market after your last trip? When…

Italian Ceramics: Sardinia

  Do a google search for Italian Ceramics, and you’ll read about those from Faenza and Deruta and maybe Caltagirone in Sicily. You’ll see images of beautiful painted ceramic bowls and platters covered with lemons, typical of Tuscany and Umbria. The town of Faenza, which is in Emilia-Romagna not far from Brisighella and San Marino, is…

Posted by on Jun 4, 2009 in Sardinia, What to Buy Where | No Comments

Murano

The small island of Murano, off Venice, has been producing glass for over 600 years. The glass-blowing tradition was moved from Venice to Murano in the 13th century because most of the buildings in Venice were made of wood, and rulers were worried that having glass blowers around would cause the buildings to catch fire. Murano…