If you’re lucky enough to visit Italy anytime soon, you won’t want to miss out on the chance to experience a buchetta del vino (aka a wine window)! Take your food and wine adventure abroad up a notch with this unique and authentic Italian experience. Although there are wine windows throughout the country, particularly in Tuscany, we have found the ultimate guide to wine windows in Florence.
Here’s where you can find wine windows in Florence
Known as a buchetta del vino in Italian, wine windows are a historical architectural feature found in some buildings in Italy. Imagine a small window just big enough to fit a glass of wine through! The small windows are used for the sale of wine directly along the street without the need for direct contact (say goodbye to the social anxiety you may experience attempting to speak Italian face to face).
In history, wine windows were particularly popular during times of epidemics, such as the Black Death and the Plague. I guess social distancing and curbside pickup aren’t as new of a concept as we thought during the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
In recent years, wine windows throughout Italy have been rediscovered and restored so we can experience the pleasure of grabbing a glass full of historical charm. Some wine windows that were bricked up or hidden over time have even been rediscovered and restored as part of efforts to showcase Florence’s cultural heritage! Thanks to Elena Negura on Instagram, we have come across an amazing list of wine windows to visit in Florence on your next journey!
Courtesy of Elena Negura, here is the ultimate location guide to wine windows you have to visit on your next trip to Florence:
- Cantina de’ Pucci – Via dei Pucci, 4A
- Cantina del Gelato – Via de’ Bardi, 31
- Gelateria Vivoli – Via dell’Isola delle Stinche, 7r
- Babae – Via Santo Spirito, 21R
- Via del Giglio, 2
- Fiaschetteria Fantappié – Via dei Serragli, 47
- Il Latini – Via dei Palchetti, 6r