The best gift for your special someone on Valentine’s Day is personal and romantic. If you have an Italy lover in your life, why not go with an item that will evoke the feeling of la dolce vita anywhere in the world?
Bring home Italy with our top nine Valentine’s Day Gifts! From wine and cheese to handmade ceramics and leather goods, there’s something for every Italy-lover on this list.
There’s no more romantic gift than a bottle of wine from Italy. Bringing home a bottle of wine you can’t find back home is a thoughtful gift that can be used for Valentine’s Day or even for a special anniversary. Nothing says eternal love like a bottle of wine that only gets better and better as the years go by.
Bold reds like Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Rosso Piceno Superiore are excellent choices if you would like to bring home a bottle of wine to age for a special anniversary. Structured whites like Pecorino, also known as a Red dressed in white, are also great options, in addition to numerous other wines you’ll be introduced to on your tour with us.
Prosecco is always a great choice, but don’t choose just any variety for this special occasion – go for a DOCG or Rive to ensure the highest production quality and authenticity.
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Even better than bringing the Italian wine home to your lover, sip your way through the UNESCO Prosecco Hills! When you’re on tour with us, you’ll be taken off the beaten path, where you’ll discover some of Italy’s most beautiful villages and untouched territories just an hour away from the famous city of Venice and Treviso – the birthplace of Tiramisu!
You’ll visit independent winemakers and small producers, where you’ll find wines unavailable abroad, making for the perfect one-of-a-kind gift that will allow you to relive your Italian adventure all over again.
Pro-Tip: Bringing home a sip of Italy? Don’t forget to check with customs to verify what you are and are not permitted to bring back before purchasing alcohol abroad. Better yet, buy a few cases of wine and have it shipped directly to your home! Shipping costs are typically cheaper the more bottles you buy.
There’s nothing better than a delectable cheese and wine pairing to set the mood for a romantic evening at home. If your special someone has a passion for the rich flavors of Italy, a carefully selected assortment of Italian cheeses can make for a delightful and thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift. Italy is renowned for its diverse and exquisite cheeses, each telling a unique story of tradition and craftsmanship.
Originating from the Puglia region, Burrata is a luscious cheese that oozes creamy goodness when cut open. Its soft exterior encases a heart of stracciatella and cream, creating a decadent experience. Serve it with cherry tomatoes and basil for a Caprese-inspired treat!
Guests on our 2025 Passport to Puglia will experience the cheese as it is best consumed, on a full cheese experience paired with Pugliese wines. Sign up for the waitlist to be the first to hear about exclusive bonuses for this upcoming trip!
Other Italian cheeses to consider include the luxurious Gorgonzola Dolce, a blue cheese produced in the Northern regions of Italy, or Asiago Fresco, a versatile cheese made in Veneto and Trentino.
Guests on select Northern Italy tours with The Italian on Tour™ will visit a multi-generational cheese producer in the region who specializes in organic raw milk production and enjoy the perfect wine pairing with the cheese produced on site.
Pro-Tip: When purchasing cheese on your trip to Italy, make sure it is a vacuum-packed, aged cheese that will not spoil on your flight home.
No Valentine’s Day celebration is complete without the sweet allure of fine chocolates, and Italy offers an array of delectable options sure to melt your heart. Whether you’re strolling through the Veneto region or exploring the delightful offerings of renowned brands, the gift of Italian chocolates speaks volumes of love and sophistication.
One of our personal favorites you can purchase abroad is Venchi. This beloved Italian chocolatier offers gluten-free options for chocolate lovers, making it possible for those with celiac disease to enjoy chocolate without worry. Learn more about navigating Italy gluten-free!
Another Italian gem you can find abroad is Baratti Milano, known for its luxurious cremini. A type of layered hazelnut and chocolate sweet treat hailing from the Northern regions of Italy.
As part of our journey to the Northern Italian region of Veneto, we make a special stop at a boutique chocolatier. Here, you can explore unique and handcrafted chocolates, each telling a story of local flavors and artisanal expertise. Surprise your Valentine with a curated assortment from this boutique chocolatier, adding a touch of exclusive sweetness to your celebration.
Elevate your Valentine’s Day gift-giving with the liquid gold of Italy—extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). True connoisseurs understand that top-quality, unadulterated olive oil is a rarity abroad, making the taste of genuine Italian olive oil a cherished gift for your Valentine.
In fact, studies have shown that 80% of olive oil in the U.S. is not pure, posing the risk of contaminants that compromise the health benefits associated with authentic EVOO. If purchasing in the U.S., it’s important to ensure that your olive oil has been rigorously tested for purity. Learn more with our ultimate guide to olive oil.
But this is just another reason to come to Italy and taste the real thing or bring it back as a gift for your favorite foodie! If olive oil is your jam be sure to join us on tour on Italy’s Epicurean Journey or Italy Undiscovered in October during the olive harvest which only happens once a year!
Handmade Ceramics or Murano Glass
For a truly unique and heartfelt Valentine’s Day gift, consider the timeless beauty of a one-of-a-kind Italian handmade ceramic.
Our signature tours lead you to artisan hubs like Ascoli Piceno, Grottaglie in Puglia, and Castelli/Civitella del Tronto in Abruzzo, allowing you to purchase these exquisite pieces directly from skilled craftspeople.
Another option is Murano glass, characterized by its vibrant colors, intricate designs, and high-quality craftsmanship, produced on the Venetian island of Murano. We take our guests on tour to see how the glass is made, where many opt for a tailormade, one-of-a-kind piece.
If distance poses a challenge, explore online options, bringing the elegance of Italian ceramics to your doorstep. Brands like Net-a-Porter sell Murano Glass in their home section, and handmade ceramics can sometimes be found through individual vendors.
Italian-Made Leather Goods
Discover the allure of Italian craftsmanship with luxurious leather goods, a quintessential Valentine’s Day gift. Le Marche, celebrated as the shoemaking region and home to iconic brands like Tod’s and Hogan, showcases the pinnacle of leather artistry.
On our Ascoli Piceno-based tours, we personally guide you to a hidden gem—a locally owned sister-brother shop. Here, you can indulge in designer-inspired purses, wallets, belts, and more at a fraction of the cost, all crafted with passion and precision just 30 minutes away in Abruzzo. By choosing these Italian-made treasures, you support a small family business and contribute to a product with a low carbon footprint, making your gift both stylish and sustainable.
Tombolo Lace is a timeless and romantic gift choice for Valentine’s Day. On select tours with us, you’ll explore the beauty of Offida, one of Italy’s most captivating villages, and meet the skilled lacemakers who weave passion into every delicate thread. These artisans, renowned for their intricate craftsmanship, graced the international runway with a lace dress worn by supermodel Naomi Campbell.
Tour of Italy
Of course, the ultimate splurge is a trip to Italy! Many guests choose our tours to celebrate milestone anniversaries or even a honeymoon. There’s no better way to commemorate the occasion than to take the stress out of planning and letting us take care of every little detail of your trip for you.
Buon San Valentino!
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