New Italy Gift Shop gives you the possibility to take with you unique genuine items made in Italy like an authentic glass of Venice Murano and majolica from Tuscany. It also maintains connections between Italy and Australia and keeps alive the history of Italian immigrants. There are many special distinctive gifts you can choose for any occasion, for yourself, your family and your friends.
Tucked away in the New Italy district in New South Wales, near the Pacific Hwy, about half an hour south of Lismore, is a very special gift shop named The Casa Vecchia Gift Shop.
The shop is located in the New Italy precinct in the heritage-listed building that is a replica of an old Italian winemaker shop.
The Gift Shop is run solely by lovely volunteers who really appreciate the beauty of Italian craftsmanship and the history of how in 1880 poor Italian families undertook an extremely difficult journey to arrive in Australia.
Don't hesitate to talk with the volunteers and ask for information or ask for help to choose between hundreds of great items.
A hand made ceramic piece of Deruta Majolica.
Italian handmade ceramic is called majolica and it is created by capable artists using soil, water and fire. The majolica potting fine art started in the sixteen century in villages in Tuscany. In particular, Deruta majolica has a distinctive flamboyance typical of the Renaissance.
Hand made in Italy.
Necklaces, bracelets and earrings are made using beads from Murano, imported from Venice. Local artists in Australia then add freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals and other beautiful items to create unique pieces of jewellery. Only gold-filled or sterling silver ear wires are used for making earrings.
Necklaces, bracelets and earrings are made using beads from Murano, imported from Venice.
Millefiori, the unique style of Murano glass beads are imported from Venice. The pill containers showcase the Murano technique called Millefiori - a thousand flowers. The design is a trademark of Murano glass, with an array of colours and shapes. These beautiful articles can hold little jewellery and other little items.
Pill boxes handmade in Italy, by Millefiori.
It was instant love! The ring fits perfectly.
Nesti Dante soaps are formulated with quality, pure ingredients, and organic wherever possible. Only pure whole plant oils from sustainable cultivation are used for the preparation of soap. No mineral oils, no parabens or aggressive ingredients, Vegan friendly, no animal ingredients or testing - ever - Nesti Dante packaging support responsible recycling. Made with love and care in Florence, Italy since 1945.
Nesti Dante soaps started in 1945 in Florence and today the soapmakers continue to use the classical cauldron method of soap making to this day.
In 1933 Alfonso Bialetti invented a revolutionary way to brew coffee with moka pots. The Bialetti logo, the little man with the moustache, is an iconic charming character famous worldwide.
The iconic caffettiera Bialetti made in Italy.
There are very interesting books with stories set in Italy. In particular, the book Return to Valetto
by Dominic Smith is a compelling fictional novel. Dominic Smith visited New Italy and he was inspired to write the book.
The book Turmoil Tragedy to Triumph
by Anne-Gabrielle Thompson tells the story of over three hundred men, women and children who left their motherland to endure a journey of starvation and disease to arrive in Sydney in April 1881.
There are many interesting books for adults and children.
Casa Vecchia Gift Shop is also a carrier of items made in Australia. In particular, Thurlby is a small business located on the south coast of Western Australia, near Walpole. Thurlby specializes in producing natural handmade aromatic herbal mixes and fine soap.
Thurlby Herb Farm products are made with herbs from the garden and from the bush.
Ashdene are high quality fine bone China mugs with hand painted native Australian wildlife and flora.
Toys, Amorino soap, perfumed drawer sachets and Ashdene cups.
When you call in New Italy Gift Shop make sure to visit the New Italy Museum
and the Italian Pavilion
. There is also Taste of New Italy Cafe
, with a large selection of cakes, sandwiches, hot drinks and cold drinks.
8275 Pacific Highway, New Italy, New South Wales 2472
Casa Vecchia Gift Shop contact
Gail Williams – email@example.com
Telephone (Gift Shop / Museum) – 0484 267 632
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer worker at the New Italy Museum complex please contact the Secretary Peter Blackwood firstname.lastname@example.org