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Das Caffè Florian in Venedig, Bild: Amanda Mohler / shutterstock

Italy – the perfect destination for coffee tourists

Around 2.6 billion cups of coffee are drunk worldwide every day. The first contact of Europeans with the coffee plant came about through an Italian doctor. He was introduced to the plant on a trip to Africa, and in 1624, the first shipload of coffee arrived in Venice, Italy. This is why Italy is considered the origin of coffee consumption in Europe.

And it is therefore no coincidence that Italy is associated with the art of coffee. For the same reason, coffee machines from Italy have a particularly good reputation. Companies such as De’Longhi make stylish Italian coffee machines, thanks to which you can drink delicious coffee in the comfort of your own home and try out just as many interesting recipes.

The special thing about Italy is that every coffee tastes different, not least because there are major regional differences. The following destinations are worth a trip for all coffee tourists.

1) Venice – the origin of coffee

Venice is home to the most famous and oldest coffee house in Italy: Caffè Florian. When you order a coffee there, you feel like you’re in a huge art museum. However, due to the many unusual decorations, one should not forget the unique coffee taste.

2) Milan – The tourist city with nice cafes

Milan, Cathedral
The Cathedral of Milan, Image: Viacheslav Lopatin / shutterstock

When it comes to tourist crowds, Milan is at the top. But the Italian city can also keep up with cafés. It is worthwhile to enjoy the coffee of your choice right next to the Gothic cathedral in the world-famous Zucca Galleria, while you can see the hustle and bustle of the people from afar. It is one of the most beautiful coffee houses in Europe.

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3) Naples – Vesuvius and Espresso

The coffee machine is also used every day in Naples, Italy’s third-largest city. The espresso, which is called oro nero (black gold) here, is particularly popular in Naples. It is sometimes served already sugared, such as in the Bar Mexico. In any case, one of the most famous coffee houses in the city is the Gran Caffè Gambrinus.

4) Rome – coffee bars in the capital

Coffee bars and coffee roasters can be found on every corner in Rome . Especially in the Antico Café Greco, earlier celebrities have drunk coffee, such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The special thing about Rome is that the coffee is usually roasted in-house, which makes the coffee an unforgettable experience.

5) Sicily – the island and the strong espresso

Isola Bella, Sicily
Isola Bella off Taormina in Sicily, Image: IgorZh / shutterstock

There are also countless roasters and cafés on the Italian island. In Sicily, the espresso is reserved with a very strong note, which is due to the robust coffee beans. Arguably the best treat on the island can be found at Caffè Sicilia in the town called Noto.

The Italians really appreciate the unique taste experience of a good coffee. Be sure to try the local specialties in the special cafés.