As you know, Italy was hit hard by COVID-19 this summer. But fortunately, things seem to be slowly getting back to normal. And the proof is in the wine windows reopening throughout the north of the country, around the hardest hit areas. Today, people can grab a glass of vino on the go without interacting and while maintaining physical distance –– frankly, anything that gets me my booze quick and easy, I’m here for.
According to Delish, these booze drinker glory holes, known locally as buchette del vino, which in English means wine window, are unique to the Tuscany region and date back centuries. They were used to supply surplus wine to members of the working class and were very popular…until they weren’t (who doesn’t love a little history lesson on secret alcohol?) But now that we’ve all returned to very primitive ways of living (i.e. the normalizing of having an Uber Eats driver bring you a magnum of vodka to go with your McDonalds –– no questions asked), the windows, once permanently shuttered, are open again.
Esattamente un anno fa siamo stati ad apporre la targa di Buchetta del Vino in un posto veramente speciale a…
I, for one. love the idea of a tiny hole in the wall that offers you a surprise when you stick your hand in, so cut to me booking my tickets to Florence as soon as I learn how to say “Can I get a bigger one?” in Italian.