My brother got us started on collecting small rocks and shells from different parts of the world - this time, it was from Noto Antica, Lido di Noto, Lido d'Avola, and lava from Mt. Etna.
But traditional tchotchkes have their place - we brought chocolate from Modica to share tastes, small ceramics, and marzipan candy fruit from Sicily
Scarves and a bit of lace from Venice
I spent a considerable amount of time peeking in booths in Florence for the perfect leather purse - my idea of perfect is not currently in style :-\
But I did find a nice leather belt in Lucca!