Italy is synonymous with fashion and coffee. This is one country that you will definitely need a fantastic travel fashion wardrobe when visiting, but it’s also a country with an amazing coffee culture.
The scarcity of Italian coffee outside of Italy means you generally need to visit the country to get a taste of its espresso. That, and the fact that being a barista in Italy is a lifelong and highly respected profession. It is taken up by those truly passionate about coffee: baristas who really know what they are doing, not a college kid churned out of a Starbucks©® training program.
These professional espresso pullers are not just passing through on their way to suit-and-tie office jobs, and when they are working at one of the top cafés (or bars as they are called in Italian) they have arrived at the pinnacle of their careers. Almost every Italian relies on them for their daily dose of coffee, and realizes what skill and practice it takes to create perfect coffee every time on command.
It’s important to note that Italy has a massive coffee-culture and many Italians drink several cups of Espresso a day, which is probably why they like to drink them fast, and standing up at the bar. Every cafe in Italy that is true to tradition will have your espresso waiting for you within 45 seconds!
Coffee to the Italians is like an art, so, if you want to drink coffee like an Italian, (and look as fashionable as one in your Anatomie travel fashion wardrobe) then according to The Telegraph’s Italian coffee culture: a guide, this is how you do it:
- Avoid anything with milk such as a cappuccino, macchiato or latte after breakfast time, and never after a meal. This is unheard of.
- The word “espresso” is a technical term in Italy and a single espresso is simply referred to as un caffè or if you’d like a double it’s un caffè doppio.
- Italians do not usually sit down and drink their coffee, they stand at the bar and down it in two to three sips. You should do this, too, unless you want to pay more or visibly stand out as a tourist.
- As espresso cools relatively quickly, you needn’t worry about it being too hot to drink, and you can comfortably drink it within a minute and move on from the counter.
- At many cafes, if you want to get served in a timely manner, head confidently to the bar, call out your order to the barista even if they are not looking at you, and pay afterwards at the till.
For those of you who can’t sleep if you have a coffee past a certain point in the day, be sure to ask for a “decafinato” or a Caffè Hag. According to GoItaly, Hag is the name of the largest producer of Italian decaffeinated coffee and you’ll most probably see it on the menu at the bars.
Enjoy the following tips on great places to head to drink coffee in Italy.
Romans like their coffee strong and hot (and some would say their men, too) but they drink enough of the stuff to know how to make a really, really good espresso.
Delicious espresso with a view: Rosati. On the Piazza del Popolo, Rosati offers the best views of the Piazza and the Pincio Gardens above.
Another in Rome, Caffé Greco, one of the oldest cafes in Europe, in which some very famous intellectuals used to meet up for their caffeine fix.
Il Caffé Sant’Eustacchio is the epitome of Roman Cafes: it is small and plain, and serves coffee in quantities that will make your head spin, without any deviation in quality.
Milan is not just the home of fashion shows and designers, it also has some hot-drink gems. Pasticceria Marchesi was recently purchased by Prada, and still serves some of the best coffee in Milan, with an ambiance to match. The finest decor and utensils serve to remind you that coffee is something that can also be savoured instead of gulped, and this may work better for those that find they can’t handle more than one espresso a day.
Mom Café, described as your local if you lived in Milan, you will find yourself coming back for the espresso time and again for as long as you are nearby. Make sure you have a great range of travel fashion outfits picked out, too!
Generally, Venice’s cafes and restaurants are things to avoid like the plague, unless you happen to spot Café del Doge. This cafe serves up an oasis of delicious coffee and treats on an island of tourist traps vying to part you with your money and leave you seriously unhappy. Undoubtedly of the best places to drink coffee in Italy.
Rare espresso: Venice, Café del Doge
In Naples you might want an extra shot of espresso to give you some guts to face the most dangerous city in Italy, but you’ll find upon wandering inside the nearest cafe that even the baristas are friendly, as long you don’t order a cappuccino after lunchtime.
Il Vero Bar del Professore is one of the best places to drink coffee in Italy, because they roasts their beans in a wood-fired furnace instead of the modern gas-fired ones, and this adds to the art as well as the flavour of their coffee, which includes some great espresso drinks such as il Vero Nocciolato del Professore, Black and White, and il croccantino. One winter special includes il caffè alla nocciola in cialda, a delicious espresso shot mixed with hazelnut cream and served in a small chocolate-lined wafer cup: this is for the sweet-toothed!
For some puts-hair-on-your-chest espresso, it has to be Naples.
Travel Fashion Attire
And because one should always travel to Italy in style you need to be sure that you have packed the ultimate travel fashion wardrobe. We have put together the perfect travel fashion outfit for women to wear during your coffee excursions (leave the travel jacket at home if it’s warm out).
What are you waiting for? Pack your travel fashion enjoy all that Italy has to offer from the coffee to the wonderful fashion.
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