A great souvenir to take home in memory of Russia: a hollow wooden doll whose interior is filled with other smaller dolls; in some of them, the only thing that changes is the facial expression or the colour of the base. The number of dolls enclosed in one Matrioska ranges from 3-7 depending on the size. Since 1890 Matrioskas have been a popular Russian item and, although they are associated with the country, the truth is that they are inspired by Japanese dolls that represented the deities of fortune. For the Russians, these figures symbolize fertility and motherhood. One of the best places to buy Matrioskas is in the market of Izmailovo, in Moscow, where you can find a great variety of them made by hand.