As study abroad students are finishing up their exams and packing up their things to either travel around the globe or head back home, it’s time to start thinking about what souvenirs you should bring home to friends or family, or keep as a memento of your time in Milano! Here’s a list of ideas. What are yours?
“I heart Milano” memorabilia – Whether you opt for the classic white t-shirt, a different color or a mug, pencil or keychain, this design has taken off in Milano too, like many other cities around the world since it was started in the ’70s in NYC.
Soccer jersey – For all the soccer fans out there, there are plenty of sports stores around town that sell popular jerseys for footballers from the two Milano teams, Inter and AC Milan. Just pick your favorite and wear it with pride!
Souvenir of Milano monument – With three icons to choose from – the Duomo, the La Scala opera house or Leonardo’s Last Supper – there are lots of little souvenirs for you to remember the city. Whether you choose a little statue of the Duomo to keep on your desk, a La Scala poster from the opera you attended or a book on Leonardo, the choices are endless.
Recipe notes – Italian food is renowned the world over, so why not put together some of your favorite recipes from your time in the bel paese? Ask some friends or just jot down a new way of cooking your favorite meal so you don’t forget. And maybe pass it along to some friends back home!
Italian foodstuffs – Italy is also well-known for its edible products, from olive oil, vinegar and saffron to chocolate (think Ferrero anything, gianduiotto or chocolate from Modica). Be sure to stock up on whatever you can’t get back home, and let your friends try something new.
Italian beverages – For anyone who enjoys having a drink every now and then, it’s not a bad idea to take home a memento from an excellent Italian vineyard. Wines with DOCG status (denominazione di origine controllata e garantita, the highest quality category for Italian wines) from Lombardy include Franciacorta, Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico, Valtellina Superiore, Sforzato di Valtellina and Moscato di Scanzo, but there are so many good wines from the region and all over Italy that it usually just depends on your own personal tastes when choosing the best bottle. And what’s more, there are also some delicious beer brands that are hard to find outside Milano. The classic brand Menabrea, made west of Milano in Biella, is just one example of a pretty high-quality brew. But remember, when flying you’ll have to check any luggage with these tasty liquids and be sure to pack with lots of padding!
Milano movies – Update your DVD collection with a few movies set in Milano. Here are just a few titles:
- Che Bella Giornata (2011)
- I Am Love (2009)
- The International (2009)
- Si può fare (2008)
- Chiedimi se sono felice (2000)
- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
Memorabilia from your alma mater – Last but not least, don’t forget to pick up something from the university that hosted you while abroad! Milanese universities (including Bocconi) have various items, like t-shirts, mugs, bags, pens, etc. at their book stores which you can get to show off your college spirit.