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Italian Medieval 'Wine Windows' Are Making A Comeback Because Of The Coronavirus

In an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19, businesses have had to make some massive changes to how they operate. Whether it be making menus available for pickup or delivery, or bringing treats to neighborhoods with food and drink trucks, businesses are doing their best to still provide for their customers.

Italy is adding a unique service to the list, however.

Italy's medieval "wine windows" are experiencing their own renaissance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to Atlas Obscura, these tiny one-foot tall by 8-inches wide cement windows can be traces all the way back to 1559.

During this time, Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo I de’ Medici allowed Florentine families to sell wine right out of their palaces as opposed to just serving out of inns and taverns.

This was a game-changer during the bubonic plague outbreak in the 15th century, as they acted as natural "social distancing" barriers.

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It's only natural that they're making a comeback during today's pandemic.

The windows aren't strictly for wine, however.

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People are serving up Aperol spritz's, coffee, and even ice cream.

These windows may be from the 15th century, but they couldn't be more relevant today.

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I think it's time for all of us to get a wine window, don't you think?

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