NO Cafe’, Modena, Italy

This is a special review, and not only because the NO Cafe is a very special bar, where you can sip a classic Martini or any creative cocktail you can imagine in a fantastic medieval square in the centre of Modena, accompanied by lovely tapas mixing classic Emilia flavours with a touch of fusion. No, this... Continue Reading →


Smile Tree, Torino, Italy

Life is sometimes bizarre. You travel around for years searching for the perfect mixture between quality of drinks and creativity in making something new, then you end up in a town (Torino in my case) which is surely not known for its cocktail scene, and you find a bar that is probably the most creative... Continue Reading →

Amnesya Cafè, Verona, Italy

 Common sense suggests that in Verona, as in most of Veneto, what you get in a bar is only Spritz and vino bianco. But common sense is there to be challenged, as a drink at the Amnesya Cafe will prove. This bar, in the very centre of Verona a few steps from the wonderful Piazza delle... Continue Reading →

Harry’s Bar, Florence, Italy

Back in 1952, the famous bartender Giuseppe Cipriani, creator of the Harry's Bar in Venice, convinced his friend Enrico Mariotti  to use the name “Harry’s Bar” also for his new bar in Florence. Since then, the bar is the realm of Leo Valdorini, probably the only bartender who was honoured with the Key of the City... Continue Reading →

Fusion Cafè, Gubbio, Italy

Gubbio is a wonderful small medieval city in the hearth of Italy, full of traditions and strongly linked to its past. It is one of those places where even the most serious Martini traveller would not look for a Martini bar, accepting to go for some other options (the wine in the region is very... Continue Reading →

Bar Ex Urbanis, Trieste, Italy

Born as a pastry shop in 1832, the Ex Urbanis is a nice spot a few steps from one of the most beautiful squares on earth, Piazza Unità in Trieste. The Bar still has its original glasses and a spectacular 1800 mosaic on the floor, all combined with modern furniture and lights. Even though the... Continue Reading →

Le Stanze, Bologna, Italy

In the very centre of Bologna lays Palazzo Bentivoglio, a massive 15th century building that used to house the ruling family of the city. In one corner of the palace, the private chapel of the Bentivoglio family is still there, with its high ceilings, original paintings and statues, and a very unique athmosphere. Now, what... Continue Reading →

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