Subject: Kitchen gadgets in Italy -
Hi, Covadonga - I've always found great kitchen gadgets in everyday hardware stores in Italy (at least in Venice, where the neighborhood hardware store seems to have a little of everything.)

My favorite Italian souvenir is the small metal cap that sits loosely on top of the center post of a stove-top espresso machine. No more coffee sprayed all over the stove. You can buy a card of two of these wherever espresso pots are sold - but only in Italy, so far as I know.