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How To ‘Coffee & Cruise'

By HannahFriday 09th December 2016

For the coffee lovers amongst you, we understand how important it is to get your regular caffeine fix, even while on holiday. Didn’t get the memo that National Espresso Day is celebrated annually on the 23rd November? Not to worry! We’ve highlighted some of the best tips and tricks to help you enjoy a strong cup of coffee in Italy – the country responsible for some of the most spectacular coffee in Europe! We’ll help you with the unwritten rules of when is best to consume a cappuccino, where’s best to sit when you’re visiting a local café and most importantly, where to find your coffee onboard!

It’s said that an authentic cup of Italian coffee can’t be beaten, which isn’t surprising considering the modern espresso machine was actually invented in Milan. Some Italians actually skip restaurants or cafés if they are known to serve a ‘bad cup’, so you know that the coffee culture here is strong! If you’re a coffee fanatic like us, you’ll be pleased to know that we offer a number of cruises to Italy, allowing you to indulge in culture (and coffee) filled experiences. The country is renowned for its coffee consumption; since the coffee bean first arrived in Venetian ports in the sixteenth century, locals tend to enjoy coffee first thing in the morning, after lunch, during the work day and after dinner. If you’re a caffeine enthusiast, be sure to stop for a triple-shot by the tremendous Trevi Fountain, a slow-roast at the Sistine Chapel or a cappuccino near the Colosseum.

How To Enjoy Coffee In Italy

Did you know that there are actually some unwritten rules that coffee-drinkers follow in Italy? You must never drink a coffee with your meal, only after. A cappuccino is strictly a breakfast beverage, best enjoyed before 11am. The most important thing to remember is that in some cafés, standing at the bar to enjoy your coffee will save you a lot of money – cafés can charge at least four times more to customers that sit down for their daily fix, with some charging more if you’re sat at a window with a view! Another important unwritten rule is to keep your order simple. Unlike coffee shops here in the U.K, it’s unlikely you’ll find a café that offers different flavours of syrup and whipped cream to go on top of your beverage. There are two regional exceptions to the rule; Naples, where you can find a hazelnut-flavoured alternative (ask for ‘un caffè alla nocciola’, a frothy espresso), and Milan, where you can request an upside-down cappuccino sprinkled with cocoa powder (‘un marocchino’).


• Because locals enjoy their coffee on-the-go, the coffee in Italy is served at a temperature that allows you to drink it immediately. If you’d prefer your coffee ‘extra hot’, ask for ‘un caffè bollente’.
• Unfortunately, shouting ‘Espresso!’ at a waiter won’t get you anywhere fast. A single espresso is simply known as ‘un caffè’ in Italy.
• If you want more or less water in your espresso, then remember these two terms:
MORE: Un caffè lungo
LESS: Un caffè risretto

Are you a coffee connoisseur? We travel to a number of different destinations which vary from ship to ship, so you can chase your perfect cup around the world!

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