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Shopping Bellagio on Lake Como, Italy: What Souvenirs to Bring Home

I had this romanticized idea of the Italian Lake district for years– narrow stone lanes framed by blooming flowers, grand terraces along the water, and of course, the home of George Clooney. With expectations sky high, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the reality was a let-down. But after an all-too-brief visit, I can happily […]

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Guide to Shopping (Affordable) Milan: What to Buy

It’s pretty much undisputed that Milan is a shopper’s paradise, heaving with designer fashions, but I wondered whether Milan is also a souvenir shopper’s paradise. While I knew the fashion scene here is bar none, could I find anything unique here that I couldn’t be found in their Madison Avenue outpost? And just as importantly, […]

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Kissing the Alps: Souvenirs from Chiavenna, Italy

I have a fascination with border towns– those places that effortlessly hug two cultures and somehow combine the best of both worlds. The Northern Italy region of Lombardy is already distinct from the rest of Italy– swap olive oil for butter and pasta for polenta and risotto, for starters. But if you head all the […]

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