italy gift guide

The Italy Gift Guide for 2020

Alright I finally did it, here is your Italy Gift Guide for 2020. This guide is not only for all the Italy lovers back home, but also for us living here hoping to support small businesses! Some of my favorite books include Amazon links, however I invite you to look in your local bookstore first.

If you have another great idea, or are a small business in Italy, please send me a message with your offer and I woul love to include it here.

Italy Gift Guide For friends & family in America:

Private Virtual Wine Tasting, with yours truly: Walkthrough 2 to 3 Italian wines with a certified Sommelier, learn how to properly taste the wine, what exactly makes a wine “good” and plenty of fun facts about the history of Italian Wine. An excellent option for a wine lover looking to learn more about Italy!

Virtual Event: Lazio Wine & Dine! Join Abbie Stark & me just before Christmas for a live cooking class & wine tasting. We will be making some delicious traditional Roman dishes and tasting two of Lazio’s best wines. We will also be available to answer all your Italy travel questions! Tickets are 30euro, and can be purchased here.

Discover Umbria Voucher- Discover Umbria offers beautiful tours of their vineyards and olive groves. They are located near the historic town of Todi and with the lull in tourism they have created an amazing offer for anyone planning a future trip to Italy.: A guidebook to Todi & a Half Day Tour or Cooking Class, flexible and valid for three years!

Romano 101 book! – to study a bit of the Roman Dialect with @romangalgoesaround. A lovely book with her own original illustrations it is perfect for anyone about to move to Rome!

Cat in Rome 2021 Calendar- with illustrations from @omangalgoesaround, this is such a fun gift for anyone missing the cats of Rome!

Km0 Gift Boxes: A taste of Tuscanylots of variations for your budget and taste, it includes a little taste of all Tuscany’s best products, made by small producers.In addition to the tasty culinary gifts there are also art gifts such as paintings and ornaments to purchase.

Gourmet Food Boxes by Curious Appetite! Italian specialty food boxes which make the perfect gift! They are even great to stock your very own Italian pantry with hard-to-find specialty ingredients. All of the selected bites and ingredients are from small artisanal producers in Italy. Each box comes with detailed note cards and recipes with the hope of bringing a little feel of Italy to those currently grounded. All foods are selected and tested by sommelier and food writer Coral Sisk.

Agricola Farm’s Farm Fresh Salame- Italian style salami made by a small Italian-run farm in Vermont. They can ship salame all over the US and if you are in VT you can also grab other fresh meats, pasta, and baked goods!

Any book by Peter Robb- One of my favorite authors when it comes to the history of Italy, all his books are written in a beautiful way of telling the story of the past and present. Midnight in Sicily and Street Fight in Naples are my favorites.

Wander(lust): Letters From a Wanderer-for the romantic reader missing travel in 2020, these stories will take you around the world and fill your heart with even more wanderlust. By the wonderful Jasmine of Questa Dolce Vita.

Garrubbo Guide– for Italian food lovers!

Bravino Wine Club Subscription! These guys have one of the best Italian Wine selections in the US and always do an amazing job of choosing lesser-known wines from every region of Italy. They ship to most states, you can purchase a Club Box, or just make your own with any of their available wines.

One on the Hill Wine Club: for the Piemonte Wine lover in your life, three times a year One on the Hill sends out the best unique bottles from Piemonte. This includes the best Barolo, Barbaresco and others! They ship worldwide.

Give the gift of Tuscany with organic products or even a gift card for a future stay at Agriturismo Diacceroni.

Panettone, from anywhere, everyone always missed panettone, make your family happy and send them one. Ok?

The Pursuit of Italy: It is an in-depth non-fiction book that may FINALLY help you get a grasp on what the hell the Risorgimento was anyway. Really opened my eyes to what was happening and is still happening in Italy culturally.

Italianissimo-Just a fun read for any Italy lover, it includes 50 essays on various elements of Culture in Italy from superstitions to the Fiat 500.

Italiology Merch- Sustainable designs for Italy lovers, explore their whole collection of hoodies, shirts, and accessories. (My favorite; BASTA hoodies.)

QB Cucina from artisanal olive-wood kitchen ware, to pasta making tools to hand stamped gorgeous masks and kitchen towels, QB Cucina has a wonderful selection to gift anyone who loves exploring Italy in the kitchen. They also have a range of pasta classes to fully explore the different pasta types from the North to South of Italy.

Della Pace olive oil and incredible skin care products made from top quality Italian extra virgin olive oil. Della Pace is also veteran, women owned, plus they work to bring fair working conditions to Italian, it is just so much goodness in one brand.😁

Gifts for those of us in Italy

Private Virtual Wine Tasting, with yours truly. Walkthrough 2 to 3 Italian wines with a certified Sommelier, learn how to properly taste the wine, what exactly makes a wine “good” and plenty of fun facts about the history of Italian Wine. Even if you have lived in Italy awhile, this will give you a better understanding of what wines to look out for and what you are drinking.

Virtual Event: Lazio Wine & Dine! Join Abbie Stark & me just before Christmas for a live cooking class & wine tasting. We will be making some delicious traditional Roman dishes and tasting two of Lazio’s best wines. Even if you already are familiar with Roman cuisine, this will be a fun event to learn more about Lazio’s wines and enjoy a little virtual get together before the holiday! Tickets are 30euro and can be purchased here.

Wander(lust): Letters From a Wanderer-for the romantic reader missing travel in 2020, these stories will take you around the world and fill your heart with even more wanderlust. By the wonderful Jasmine of Questa Dolce Vita. Perfect read wherever you are in the world!

Km0 Gift Boxes: A taste of TuscanyThese guys have even put together culinary delight boxes for us in Italy! This is a wonderful gift, even for yourself, boxes include panettone, olive oil, pasta, sauce, and so so much more!

Pistacchio Cream Panettone, from Uaglio in Turin.- Do I really need to say more? Trust me it is so, so good. The Pistacchio cream to lather on top your slice of Panettone is made in Sicily from Bronte Pistacchios (aka the BEST.

Naked in Italy- by M.E. Evans, because we all know the struggle of trying to figure out life in Italy, this book was so relatable and fun read! One of my recent favorites, I think you will all enjoy it!

Sommelier Wine Box: Discover new wines from small producers every month. Each selection is chosen by a certified sommelier, and they are surely not wines you have seen around your average wine shop. This wine club is very affordable and worth it if you are going through bottles during lockdown!

One on the Hill Wine Club: available also to us here in Italy, if you are looking for the best unique bottles of Piedmontese wines, including fantastic Barolo and Barbaresco, this is the wine club for you!

Tasting Box from Cascina Gilli– Get the best taste of Monferrato with a box of 6 wines, for only 69e! I usually may not be a fan of Monferrato, but these guys’ wines are fantastic! Especially their Freisa and Malvasia.

Give the gift of Tuscany with organic products or even a gift card for a future stay at Agriturismo Diacceroni.

ZsaZsaZu Torino Collection: if you really miss Torino, and wish you could be here with me, ZsaZsaZsu created candle, tea, and house spray based on the different zones of Torino!

Italiology Merch- Sustainable designs for Italy lovers, explore their whole collection of hoodies, shirts, and accessories. (My favorite; BASTA hoodies.)

The Pursuit of Italy: It is an in-depth non-fiction book that may FINALLY help you get a grasp on what the hell the Risorgimento was anyway. Really opened my eyes to what was happening and is still happening in Italy culturally.

Les Chourettes- sewing classes and kits or unique hand made apparel right from Milan.

Not specific to Italy gifts but friends I want to support & make great gifts for anyone:

Mexican Cooking Classes: Actually this is great for us in Italy, because you KNOW we are all missing a little diversity in our home-cooked meals. Yesenia, the host, is an amazing chef.you can follow her recipes also on her IG.

Vida Yoga Virtual Yoga Classes- classes are in EST but many overlaps with our day here in Italy and are a great break from the working from home grind.

KLC Clay Earrings- They are just so cute, she has little oranges and pizza. It is perfect for EVERYONE.