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Our Top 10 Italian Christmas Picks!

Just like last year, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite gifts you can snag for your Italy-loving friends and family (or just as a treat for yourself!). And we’ve made it easy on you – you can find all of these products on our online store in the “Natale – Christmas” section, or you can just click on the heading link. And with our Cyber Monday discount lasting all week, now is the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping!


  1. Italian Travels. We all know the big sites to see in Italy: Rome, Florence, etc. Of course we love these places, but what about the smaller towns that are just as great but maybe not as well known? Help your loved one plan a trip to remember with one of the many travel books that are available. (Note: all images from store product listings)
  2. The Essentials. But what about the person who already has his or her trip to Italy planned or has decided to live in Italy for a while? Help them transition into Italian life with a book like Italian Survival Guide: The Language and Culture You Need to Travel with Confidence in Italy.
  3. Just for Fun. Books aren’t just for those traveling to Italy though. Delve into one of the many novels set in the country and feel like you’re along for the ride with the characters.
     
  4. Playtime. Whether you’re looking for something easy or more of a challenge, there’s a puzzle out there for you.
  5. Italian Music. You can listen to it on its own or play it as the soundtrack to your Italian-themed dinner party! Either way, you can’t go wrong with some good ol’ fashioned Italian music.
     
  6. Jewelry and Mementos. Jewelry is a classic option around the holidays, and a charm is a simple way to have a piece of Italy with you everyday.
  7. Baby Clothes. Too cute! You can never be too young to show off your Italian pride! Get your baby started with an appropriately themed onesie.
  8. Have Fun While Learning! Kids pick up languages so quickly, and now they can have fun at the same time!
  9. Care-free Cooking. You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy the food, and you don’t have to spend all day cooking to have a nice meal! Slow cooker recipes are perfect for people on the go who still want to enjoy the tastes of Italy when they come home.
  10. And what’s your pick? What Italian-themed gift are you planning on giving to someone this Christmas, or what would you love to receive? Leave a comment and let us know!

Buon Compleanno, Italia!

In 1861, Italy was unified into the country that we know and love today, meaning that Italy is officially 150 years old! Celebrations and festivals honoring the unification have been going on the entire year, but it’s never too late to celebrate! Therefore, we thought we’d honor the anniversary by providing you with some facts about the unification and Italy since then:
1. Although the 150th anniversary has been a year round celebration, the official date of Italy’s unification was March 17th.
2. Turin became the first capital of the unified Italy and remained capital for four years.
3. Before Italy was unified, it was mostly a collection of city-states under the control of various rulers.
4. Italy was established as a kingdom at the time of unification, with its first king being Vittorio Emanuele II.
5. Because Turin was the first capital, each significant anniversary (50th, 100th, 150th) has been celebrated there with different events and exhibitions.
6. Even though we all know Rome as the capital of Italy today, at the time of unification, Rome wasn’t even part of the country.
7. In fact, Rome didn’t become the capital for another 10 years, and in between Turin and Rome, Florence served as the capital.
8. The national anthem of the country is called “The Song of the Italians” (“Il Canto degli Italiani“), but it is also known as “Mameli’s Hymn” (“L’Inno di Mameli“) and “Brothers of Italy” (“Fratelli D’Italia“).
9. Goffredo Mameli wrote the lyrics of the anthem in 1847, but it wasn’t actually adopted as the country’s anthem for around another 100 years.
10. You can find the official website for Italy’s 150th unification here: http://eng.italia150.it/
So congratulations, Italy, and here’s to another 150 years!