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What would you buy a person who loves Italy?

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randomcatname Wed 02-Dec-15 20:30:50

Male, 60s. I was thinking the Mary Beard book about ancient Rome but it's very....particular. Would really appreciate some safer suggestions. TIA. flowers

BertieBotts Wed 02-Dec-15 20:33:42

Pasta maker was my first thought grin Probably not quite the right thing, though.

Longdistance Wed 02-Dec-15 20:36:06

My Dh loves those gladiator blood and gore films and books. I took him to Rome, and he was in his element.
Something in that region?

SignoraStronza Wed 02-Dec-15 20:47:57

Tickets to the Salone del Gusto, Terra Madre in Torino, September 2016 (30th anniversary!) if he's a foodie. If that's a bit over budgetgrin, membership of the Slow Food Movement and he can sort himself out for that particular trip.
A language course? Michel Thomas's cds are brilliant.

SignoraStronza Wed 02-Dec-15 20:50:31

Just out of interest, why does he love Italy so much? did five years there. Jaded but fluent and hard as nails!

LIZS Wed 02-Dec-15 20:53:34

Art, opera, food ?

randomcatname Wed 02-Dec-15 20:53:58

Thank you for the ideas. You've got me thinking of making up a hamper with a little bit of everything thrown in - which completely busts the budget even without the flights to Italy grin

I've no idea why he loves Italy so much. He holidays in Spain every year! I think it's maybe more the history perhaps, he studied Classics at uni, I think.

Behooven Wed 02-Dec-15 20:54:37

A good bottle of Grappa?

randomcatname Wed 02-Dec-15 20:55:10

Does anyone know any good music? Are any Italian singers launching a new album or anything like that? grasping at straws

randomcatname Wed 02-Dec-15 20:55:44

I like the grappa idea but heart condition...confused

LIZS Wed 02-Dec-15 20:57:47

Andrea Bocelli ?

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Wed 02-Dec-15 20:59:20

I'd do the hamper (and indeed do....)
I live here and for my Italy mad friend's wedding present, we took a hamper with wine, oil, cheese, coffee, chunky garish ceramics etc. Dp was horrified as that's what you take when you go to a vigil over a dead body the night before the funeral. My friends loved it though.
Maybe a copy of Under the Tuscan Sun ( book, not the dire film) or the Dark Heart of Italy (to balance out UtTS.

randomcatname Wed 02-Dec-15 20:59:29

Oooh tempted by that, LIZS!

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Wed 02-Dec-15 21:01:12

Il Volo are the il Divo style mock opera group of the moment. Quite good.

pinkyredrose Wed 02-Dec-15 21:02:14

How about dvds, any gangster films or perhaps an opera performance? Pucini?

Tartyflette Wed 02-Dec-15 21:04:41

A classic - Elizabeth David's Italian Food. Or any Marcella Hazan Italian cook book. Her recipes work .

Bohemond Wed 02-Dec-15 21:11:20

Truffle honey (get from M&S) and Italian cheese. My world changed when I discovered truffle honey with cheese (thank you Idle Rocks, Cornwall).

StrumpersPlunkett Wed 02-Dec-15 21:15:23

Has he read any Harry sidebottom books. I think there is a new one.
(Roman history novels)

BertieBotts Wed 02-Dec-15 21:20:57

Josh Groban sings some songs in Italian. DH has a giant man-crush on him. confused

timelytess Wed 02-Dec-15 21:32:35

If you're near Manchester/Salford pop into the Manchester Food and Drink award-winning Lupo Caffe Italiano and buy him some Italian biscuits. Or if you're really fond of him, take him there for I'm not on commission and I'm not a relative ...

Out2pasture Wed 02-Dec-15 21:47:22

lemoncello, infused olive oils, anything with olives or lemons on it (check out le jacquard tea towels)

originalmavis Wed 02-Dec-15 21:53:04

A bialetti coffee maker. Oh yes. Or a really decent pantatone or tin of Amoretti cookies.

Orrrrrr get some Ciro brand pasta/passata which is pretty authentic.

LIZS Wed 02-Dec-15 21:54:27

A hamper from Carluccio's or a local deli?

originalmavis Wed 02-Dec-15 21:55:46

Oh or there's a nice cookbook I will need to check the title - sometjing like 'a year in Italy' from phiadon. Lovely book, beautiful photos... Maybe a carluccio cook book?

AnotherEmma Wed 02-Dec-15 21:57:48

I vote a beautiful print, either a photo taken in Italy, or a map of Italy - maybe a vintage or illustrated one.

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