The history of Italy is well-known and influential. Italian painters, sculptors, poets, musicians, architects and scholars created an unforgettable niche in the Western world. One way to commemorate the beauty and allure of Italy and perhaps remind you of time spent living “la dolce vita” is with a bracelet of souvenir Italian charms. Highly collectible, charm bracelets were popularized in the 1950s and early 1960s as a must-have accessory for girls and women. Charms were given to record symbolic and memorable life events and major rites of passage – 16th birthdays, graduations, weddings, births and of course travel. Bringing back a charm was a perfect souvenir of your trip or a special gift for someone that said “wish you were here”. What could be more romantic than a charm of Rome’s Trevi fountain or Pisa’s Leaning Tower. Here are a few of our favorite Italian travel charms both vintage and new.
- Architectural monuments
- Enameled travel shields
- St. Marks’s Lion or Venetian gondolier
- Vatican charms
and anything funky and unusual like this infant charm wrapped in swaddling clothes, a replica of one of the finely glazed blue and white porcelain reliefs by the della Robbia family on the front of the Ospedale degli Innocenti (Foundling Hospital) in Florence, Italy. Designed by Brunelleschi the building was completed in 1445, the hospital was the first operational orphanage in Europe dedicated to the care and education of children.