For me, shopping on vacation is part of the fun. I love looking for little trinkets and mementoes to bring back and squirrel into my little nest. I think there’s really a physiological benefit. I can feel my heart soar and my respiration change….pretty shiny objects can do that. 🙂 I love bringing back little presents for those whom I left behind. I can imagine their joy in receiving a special present from so far away.
A particularly good gift idea is a book.
The beauty of a book, for a traveler, is that it is easy to slip into a suitcase, it isn’t breakable, and it’s a unique treasure that you can’t just pick up in your own local bookstore.
In Florence, FirenziLibri is a wonderful place to find not only new books, but vintage and out of print volumes as well. The store is located at Via dei Servi, 52. It’s a lovely little side street that has lots of other unique shops. There is something so special about finding a beloved fairy tale from own childhood written in Italian. This is where you will find locals and won’t be over run by tourists, such as yourselves. 🙂
In Milan, immediately to the right of the Duomo, there is a huge book store. In Mondadori Bookstore is filled with a plethora of books and other little book store trinkets. This could be your perfect one stop shopping. This store is akin to the giant bookstores we have here in the states. In addition to books, there are maps and stuffed animals and mugs….just like home, but Italian.
There’s something magical about a bookstore. Each volume holds possibility. To find a lovely edition of a classic, written in Italian, or German or whatever the local language may be is something unique and special.