Before we journey into the Italy Pavilion, we have to get into the right state of mind…
Okay, that’s more like it!
Browsing through the stores of this World Showcase pavilion is never left off of my must-do list. Il Bel Cristallo/La Gemma Elegante (on your left-hand side when entering the Italy Pavilion) and La Bottega Italiana (on your right-hand side when entering the Italy Pavilion) are as authentically as Italian as it gets (besides being in the real Italy, of course).
Il Bel Cristallo has all types of Italian apparel including sportswear, handbags, and more. But, what I love most about this store is the cologne that it carries. For years now I’ve been buying my cologne, Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo, from here – it’s become a part of my Epcot routine for each trip there. The displays there of all the different types of cologne they sell draw your eyes directly towards them… have you seen the size of those HUGE bottles of cologne?
At the back of Il Bel Cristallo, you’ll see an opening into La Gemma Elegante. In this shop you can purchase your very own Venetian mask! The colors and designs of them are so incredibly unique. Don’t forget to check out all of the Italian jewelry in there too – this is great for gift-giving!
Across the street in La Bottega Italiana, you can get in touch with the inner-Italian chef inside of you. This is where you can find Italian cookware, and other items to bring touches of Italy to your kitchen back at home. For those of you who are at least 21 years of age and have a taste for fine wines, you’ve found the right place. The selection here is quite expansive and impressive.
As with the stores inside each of the country’s pavilions in the World Showcase (besides The American Adventure) it is such a treat to shop for items that you can’t find elsewhere in America. The Italy Pavilion undoubtedly holds true to this expectation of all shopping experiences around this area of Epcot. The authenticity of these Italian stores makes way for that special Disney touch. Who knows what could happen during each visit here? You could find a new favorite fragrance, wine, or pick up an elaborate Venetian mask.
What do you love to shop for in the stores of the Italy Pavilion in the World Showcase?