Food Souvenirs That You CAN Bring Back From Italy

Italy is well known the world over for welcoming people, offering plethora of tourist attractions, sites to see and sample, vibrant culture and most importantly the exquisite Italian Cuisine. There is however one region of Italy that seems to best defines the true essence and nature of Italian cuisine – Emilia Romagna. If you plan to visit Italy any time soon, there are some selected food souvenirs which you cannot miss to take back home. These are Parma Ham, Balsamic Vinegar, Parmigiano Reggiano and also some bottle of Lambrusco.

Can I take back Parmesan cheese? – Parmigiano Reggiano

Parmesan Cheese is one of the most loved foods not just in Italy but also in other parts of the world. As such, you can take this food as a souvenir with you to various countries across the globe. These include, the United States, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and of course the whole of the European Union. Generally speaking, there are not defined restrictions for importing parmesan cheese to whichever country across the globe. As such, customs officers at your home country should not give you lots of problems when you are taking this aged cheese back there.

parmigiano Cheese

Parma Ham and Salumi

If you want to sample some cured meats back home, this is another type of food which you simply cannot choose to overlook. However, unlike the case was in the previous parmesan cheese case, there are some nations which have set up restrictions for the importation of cold cuts. Some are even specific on the cold cuts that come from Italy. Japan, the United States and Australian custom officers might charge you hefty fines for bring meat from Italy to their countries. However, when you are travelling within the European Union, you really don’t have to worry about any kind of restrictions whatsoever.

Bringing Back Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar from Region Emilia and Modena normally comes in 100 milliliters bottles and also comes in pretty sturdy boxes. Ideally, you can carry your package like an all-in-one kind of a thing. Carrying these bottles with your checked in luggage would be the best option since it will help you to overcome any issues with the authorities. One thing you need to appreciate here is that Balsamic Vinegar normally come packed in strong boxes and therefore chances of breaking the bottles are significantly reduced. You might also want to ship the bottles but this can be very costly especially when you are shipping small purchases.

A bottle of Lambrusco would be perfect!

I am pretty sure that good Lambrusco might be rare back home. If that is the case, you might want to get some cheaper versions here before you embark on your journey back home. Over the past one decade or so, Lambrusco manufacturers all over Italy have been working round the clock in order to make sure people are served with the best that Italy has to offer. This is what has made millions of people who flock Italy cities every year to fall in love with it. That is why most of these people normally crave to go back home with a bottle of Lambrusco.


  1. I love Parmesan cheese! It always seem to taste better when I in Italy though….

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