Whenever we hear the name Verona we immediately take to the world of Shakespeare’s popular drama, Romeo & Juliet. It is said that Shakespeare drew inspiration from the city when writing the play. There is still a stone building in the city of Verona known as Juliet’s home that attracts numerous tourists. Located in Northern Italy on the Adige river of the Veneto region, Verona is famous for its canal rides and appealing architecture. One of the most popular sights is the Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheater built in the first century. With so many hidden gems, the city leaves you with tons of memories that you can take back home and some interesting souvenirs for your loved ones too. Here is a list of what to buy in Verona, Italy.
A good bottle of Wine will come with you through all the memorable occasions of your life. Verona is surrounded by many famous vineyards and some of the best wines are produced in the city including the Amarone and Recioto of Valpolicella. These two very famous wines are a treat to any wine connoisseur as they are made of the Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes. If dessert wines light up your taste buds Recioto is a must try. Valpolicella Ripasso goes great with any Italian dish. There are numerous stores in Verona that sell the best wines of the land or you can pick one from the vineyards.
2. Handmade stationary
Handmade stationery is a very personal gift or souvenir and a useful one too. Verona is famous for its handmade stationery like handcrafted custom-made leather-bound journals. If you are someone who loves keeping journals or if you know someone who does this is an amazing gift. As you walk through the streets of Juliette’s house, stop into II Gelso and check out the store’s one-of-a-kind handmade stationary. The curio shelves filled with hand-crafted items is a joyous treat to readers and aspiring writers.
3. Carved-wood olive bowls
Traditional olive wood bowls have been a part of the Mediterranean culture for a very long time. Olive oil is a part of almost every dish in the Mediterranean and continental cuisines. This is because olive leaves and the whole tree itself is seen as a symbol of peace, glory, power, wisdom, purity, and fertility. Olive wood is also known for its antibacterial properties and uniqueness. No two articles made of olive wood will look identical as olive wood trunks have different grain patterns. So if you want a special and unique souvenir that represents the culture of this land, carved olive-wood bowl is the best choice.
4. Venetian masks
The tradition of wearing Venetian masks dates back to 12th century Rome as a means to break the strict class structures of Europe. Eventually wearing masks became a part of every important event and anyone wearing a mask can be whoever they want to be, a fairy, a hero or even a nobleman. As you walk around the city of Verona, you will be able to find numerous kinds of masks ranging from simple to decorative masks. Get fantastic hand-crafted carnival masks from Verona, a souvenir that is a symbol of equality and aspiration.
5. Leather shoes
Italian leather is one of the most popular and luxurious fabric material in the world. From shoes to skirts there are many stores in Italy that have good quality leather products. You will be able to find a variety of leather goods in Verona from Italy’s age-old family leather businesses to luxury brands like Gucci. Shop for a favorite pair of shoes and steal the “best-dressed person in the room” title in every event or occasion thereafter.
6. Rare perfumes and essences
Perfumery has been a popular economic and cultural aspect of the Roman empire since the middle ages. The streets filled with aromatic gardens and perfume laboratories. Rediscover the joy of being in Italy with the different fragrances it offers. Impress your loved ones with a package of authentic alcohol-free perfumes and essences from Verona. Did you know? There are rare fragrances that cost more than gold? For example, the essence taken from the root of the Iris plant with violet flowers is an authentic and a rare fragrance in Italy.
7. Unique street-style clothes
The streets near Piazza Bra will take you by surprise for its sense of fashion and unique styles. There are numerous stores and boutiques in Verona that sell unique high-quality street-style clothes for affordable prices. An elegant piece of clothing made of comfortable Italian fabric will be a gift that no woman can say no to. Shopping for some tasteful designs in Verona’s fashion district not only a great souvenir but also a wonderful way to spend an evening walking around the city.
8. Coral jewelry
Italian red coral is one of the most popular gems in the world taken from the Mediterranean reefs. Shop for original Italian red coral jewelry from the finest jewelers of the town. It is a gift that you can pass-on for many generations. There are handmade rings, beads, brooches, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and coral arts available in Verona. It is a luxurious yet one of a kind item that you can keep as a lasting memory of Italy.
If you are someone who loves Italian ceramics you must definitely visit Verona. Made from clay and painted by hand the Ceramics industry in Italy dates back to centuries ago. There are numerous local ceramic artists in Verona, that create magnificent articles in numerous shapes and vibrant colors. Decorate your home with Italy’s finest ceramic artifacts.
The Piazza San Zeno square is a popular market in Verona for its stunning collections of antiquities. Shop for Italian antiquities, old paintings, articles and jewelry. Check out the pocket watches, leather-bound books and household decorations from the olden times. You can buy unique antique souvenirs from Verona for an affordable price.
Souvenir: a symbol of eternity
A souvenir is a bundle of memories. Remember and remind your loved ones that life is made of memories that you can cherish forever. Keep in touch with your trip memories in Verona through the symbols of its culture and beauty. Experience the joy of shopping for oneself and for others. Viva la Verona!
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