I am a little upset since we have had this same sort of idea, but of course have yet to try it. I am talking about a new on-line store called "Florence In A Box". From their press release:
"Florence, Italy (PRWEB) December 14, 2006 -- Artisan home and giftware site, Florence in a Box, announces the launch of an online store at http://www.florenceinabox.com. Florence in a Box features authentic and unique handcrafted products from Tuscany.
The new online store offers a variety of gifts varying from traditional to contemporary designs. Consumers can choose from gifts including ceramics, wood, glass, silver, fine art, jewelry, and more. All items are specially gift wrapped in an elegant box decorated with traditional Florentine paper. Pieces are often handcrafted using tools and techniques invented hundreds of years ago.
"Our purpose is to provide a truly high quality online shopping experience," says Lilla Molho, owner of Florence in a Box. "At the same time people can discover and acquire the finest artwork and handcrafted items available today in Tuscany."
We wish them good luck!