August 14, 2020

Powerful Medici family behind Italy’s ‘plague-free’ wine windows

Florence (Italy) (AFP) – As 16th-century Florentines dropped like flies to the plague, survivors drowned their fears in wine, passed to them through small windows which are enjoying a renaissance during the coronavirus era.The small “wine windows” can be seen dotted around the Tuscan capital next to the grand entrances of sumptuous noble palaces, where wealthy families used to sell alcohol directly to thirsty customers, passing flasks through to eager hands.Over time, the apertures, just 30 centimetres (12 inches) high and 20 centimetres wide, fell into disuse.But the COVID-19 pandemic has see…


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