The Best (Worst?) (Inappropriate?) Pope Swag in Italy

Our most recent trip to Italy included a stop in Rome where we had a day planned to take in the Eternal City's most treasured sites. And we spent way too much time distracted by the somewhat odd souvenir tributes to the new Pope.
09/03/2013 09:53 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

It started with a bobblehead. From there our obsession grew.

Our most recent trip to Italy included a stop in Rome where we had a day planned to take in the Eternal City's most treasured sites. And we spent way too much time distracted by the somewhat odd souvenir tributes to the new Pope.

Pope thimbles: a little Papa pinky protection!

We may not be art experts... but obviously things have changed since Michelangelo's day.

Thumbs up to the Pope calendars.

Bless this food: Nothing says fresh like Pope Francis refrigerator magnets

Pope postcards: Buy one and mail it with The Vatican's post mark of approval!

Vessels of virtue: Holy water and rosary bead containers

Pope key chains: Never lose your keys again!

The piᅢᄄce de rᅢᄅsistance of swag -- for us anyway, as lovers of the cheesy tourist diversion -- were the Pope Francis cigarette lighters. With so many to choose from, we ended up purchasing one of every kind that we could find. C'mon Papa light my fire.

Could this be the ultimate stocking stuffer?

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com