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Items I have found to be good investments bought in Italy:
Carrara Marble (very white) carved items - some are found at Tuscany
Capodimonte statues and candlesticks and chandeliers
Blood red coral jewelry from Naples
Hand-blown glass figures, paperweights similar to Murano glass near Venice
Prayer books with carved covers
To be termed an "antique," the item needs to be more than 100 years old.
Buy items from the end of the 19thC to 1920s. These are or soon will be antiques and will be more affordable than earlier items. Still, if you find affordable prices on older items, buy them.
Trust your own taste. If you like something, others will as well.
Avoid ivories. There are very strict laws about transporting and selling them in many countries.
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