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Travel Cocktail: Classic Negroni

Bartenders in the know, know to go to Rivoire in Florence for the original version…

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Cafe Life – Caffes of Florence

Italian life is best captured in the local cafes…

First things first, when at an Italian caffe, if you choose to have your coffee at the bar or counter, you go to the cashier to put in your order and pay first. You then take the sales receipt to the counter and hand it to the barista and specify you coffee preference. Should you decide to sit at a table then the waiters come to you, but be aware it costs more to sit then to stand. Tipping for coffee is not required though most people leave the small change, the 10 cents and 20 cents coins, from what they paid for coffee, on the counter as a small thank you.

Caffe Gilli

The iconic Caffe Gilli sits literally in the centre of Florence and is a beacon to local life in Florence. On the festive Piazza della Repubblica Gilli terrace life is popular and lively and inside the classic cafe of times gone by remains grand in its polished opulence. While the main counter is always popular it is completely buzzing during the morning rush hour with locals and tourists alike cozying up around the counter for a morning espresso or cappuccino. Then they all come back later for a bit of trendy aperitivo before heading home or out to dinner.

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Rivoire

This historical caffe and pastry shop sits in the perfect spot on the elegant Piazza della Signoria. From the outdoor tables you have an amazing view of the Palazzo Vecchio, and in the summer months music plays on many nights making this cafe prime positioning. Rivoire began its life as a chocolatier and remains a purveyor of fine sweets and pastries, but it is a true cafe and most importantly it holds the certificate for serving the original negroni. Indeed Rivoire serves up some of the best Negroni in the city and makes it a great place for aperitivo and well as a morning coffee. Do not leave Florence without tasting their cantuccini (biscotti).

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Le Scuderie

If having your coffee while listening to the church bells then Le Scuderie on the Piazza del Duomo should fit the bill. Another one of the old Florentine cafes, Scuderie, like Rivoire and Gilli serve excellent coffee with pastries and have pedigree.

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Travel Cocktail: The Iconic Negroni

The classic Negroni is making a comeback as the chic drink to be imbibing.

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There is something about ordering a Negroni that announces the fact that you are a connoisseur of the finer things in life. Bartenders respect you when you order it and it exudes sophistication.

Made from 3 equal parts of Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and Gin it was created in Florence in 1919 at the Caffe Casoni (now Caffe Giacosa by Cavalli). As the story goes, Count Camillo Negroni wanted something a bit stronger than the then popular Americano drink and so the bartender substituted the soda water of the Americano with gin and a legend was born.

These days the torch of where to find the Negroni ‘originale’ has been passed on to Caffe Rivoire on Piazza della Signoria and there are some very good ones at Gilli on Piazza della Republica. Bartenders in the know will direct you to the St. Regis hotel where they have prepared vats of negronis ready to pour. There are also variations on the classic theme with a Negroni Sbagliato being quite popular, substituting the gin with prosecco. Whatever your choice, enjoying one is the height of fashionable cocktails.

Cin cin!