Souvenirs from Florence
It is very hard not to take a little bit of Florence away with you when you leave the city. So here is my collection of souvenirs from Florence.
People have probably always collected memorabilia during their travels. Italian museums abound with holy relics from the Middle East. Pottery from Egypt and Greece. Bits of rocks and sketches associated with specific places. It’s all part of the cultural and economic exchange.
Sometime during the 19th century the production and sale of travel mementos commercialized, and people started collecting souvenir spoons, snow domes, mugs and ashtrays to commemorate particular sights and places. A behaviour that must have become a universal habit judging from the number of souvenir stalls in central Florence in Tuscany.
Mass Produced Kitsch
Here you will find mass produced kitsch to your heart’s content. Hats, scarves and T-shirt declaring love or stupidity. Postcards, umbrellas, plates, key rings, mouse pads and refrigerator magnets representing Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio or the outline of the cathedral dome. And miniature figures of Pinocchio or David.
Made Especially for You Souvenirs
As an alternative there are also more original and ‘authentic’ souvenirs from Florence. It could be caricature drawings, romantic paintings of the Arno in water-colour and arts and craft items like wooden salad spoons in olive tree or the wire art bikes photographed above.
Not to mention the most collected travel souvenir of all times: photographs to remember all the fabulous sights and places. These were the only ones I brought home, and I cherish every one of them.
Other souvenirs from Florence could include edible treats such as wine, pasta or chocolate. Cook books or coffee table books. Museum posters and postcards. Jewellery bought on Ponte Vecchio, and anything fleur-de-lis.