Wine windows: Pandemic revives curious Italian plague tradition

Quarantine, curfews and questionable cures have returned to Italian cities like throwbacks to the 18th century – however one plague tradition has made a welcome return:

“Wine windows.”

Tiny wine windows, small enough to fit a tipple through, are back in use in some tavernas. Hundreds of years old, they are designed to help patrons social-distance while they sip.

The buchette del vino or “wine windows” are a quaint tradition, with a macabre past.

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