You could be forgiven for thinking that the Italians invented coffee. They have certainly made it their own by naming all the various ways to drink it: cappuccino, espresso, macchiato, caffe latte.
But actually coffee beans as a source of energy were first noted in Ethiopia in the thirteenth century. From there the drink spread to the Egypt, Yemen, and eventually through the Middle East and into Turkey. The close trading between Turkey and Venice in the 16th century brought coffee to Venice and it was here that the Italians first learnt to love the coffee bean with the Pope giving his approval for Catholics to imbibe in 1600.Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our Rome Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading and to learn about more things to do in Rome.
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