The historic 'wine windows' from the days of the bubonic plague reopen in Italy

The historic 'wine windows' from the days of the bubonic plague reopen in Italy


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These small hatches, used to serve drinks minimizing the risk of contagion, have returned to the present day with health recommendations on social distance during the covid-19 pandemic.

Several hoteliers in the Italian region of Tuscany decided restore the ancient tradition of selling food and drinks without direct contact with the customer through small windows in the walls of its premises.

Known as ‘wine buchette'They were formerly used by the producers of this drink in the times of the bubonic plague to reduce the risk of contagion, and now it has once again become a mode of sale due to the coronavirus pandemic, reports the website of the Cultural Association of Buchette del Vino.

The association points out that one of the oldest notes in the local press about the 'wine windows' dates from the year 1634.

Through these openings, vendors delivered the bottles to customers, but they did not receive payment directly from their hands, but had a special box to accept the coins, which they then disinfected with vinegar.

Today, several places in Florence offer through the ‘wine windows‘Also other drinks, such as coffee, snacks and even ice cream, while other establishments maintain the tradition of using them only to serve glasses of wine.


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