Aperitifs in the city: enjoy the summer with cocktails and delicious snacks
Summer atmospheres and special cocktails in unforgettable places
In July, with the arrival of the hot weather, why not treat yourself to an aperitif with friends? It’s the new trend for living the city in a convivial way, chatting and passing time before the holidays. In Milan, Florence and Rome it’s possible to take an aperitif in unique places characterised by culture and design.
RAISE YOUR GLASSES TO THE MILAN SKYLINE
It’s impossible not to begin by mentioning the famous Ceresio7 lounge bar, which has a great view from the edge of the swimming pool of the Milan skyline, in continuous evolution. It’s in the San Babila area and boasts a breath-taking view of Milan’s latest skyscrapers, all to be admired while sipping one of the twelve original cocktails mixed by the expert barmen. We recommend trying all of them, beginning with a Dark Horse with a rum base.
The innovative 10 Corso Como multi-functional area, finally, really has everything: restaurant, bar, boutique and exhibition area. It also has an exclusive terrace-garden which, in the summer at cocktail hour, becomes the favourite meeting place of the city’s fashion victims. Here starting with a Manhattan is really the only option.
HAPPY HOUR IN FLORENCE WITH A POOLSIDE VIEW
A change in city, but not in the desire for cocktails. With its swimming pool context and its large terrace with a 360° view of Florence, the Empireo, situated on the top floor of the Lucchesi Plaza Hotel, has few rivals for the happy hour: the buffet aperitif is rich and varied and, besides delicacies of every kind, offers musical entertainment with a DJ set and jazz band. The cocktail to try? A classic Negroni.
To escape from the torrid summer heat, Florentines recommend the exclusive Se-sto on Arno: on the semi-covered terrace you can find yourself in the middle of an oasis of peace and tranquillity to forget the stress of the city. Relaxation is guaranteed with a Giotto or Botticelli cocktail.
A DELICIOUS PAUSE IN ROME, WITH FRAGRANT AND ROMANTIC ELIXIRS
At The Corner Lounge Garden, housed inside a boutique hotel, you can taste cocktails or, rather, “very particular fragrant elixirs, prepared with high quality spirits mixed with unusual ingredients”, served in the fascinating terrace-garden, decorated with flowers and plants of every kind, perhaps under the wrought iron gazebo and original marble statues, which transport you into a fairy-tale world. The unforgettable Cacio and pear cocktail should be tried (gin flavoured with pecorino cheese, rose and lavender syrup, fine sherry, pear puree, lime, and chocolate flavour bitter).
The “Pan Bernardo” gourmet restaurant plays a leading role on the Roman scene thanks to the balanced mix of vintage and contemporary tastes. The venue is situated in the heart of one of the most typical districts of Rome, near via Nazionale right in the centre. Roomy and welcoming, the interior has been carefully designed by Studio GAD with the insertion of recovered pieces of furniture. To lend an even more marked retro feel, hexagonal ceramic tiles from Ceramica Fioranese’s Heritage collection have been chosen for the floorings. Fioranese cementine_20 pieces also cover, in a lively way, a number of the tables, the counter and the bathroom area. Here the aperitif has to be a shabby-chic iced Martini.
Are you ready to raise your glass?
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