The art of the Aperitivo in Florence

Whether you’re in Milan, Venice, Florence, or Rome, you can find many spots offering different kinds of aperitif: SE·STO on Arno Restaurant is definitely one of the most iconic.

June 25, 2019

Aperitif is one of the most popular Italian traditions in the world, an exquisite ritual born with the idea of meeting up with friends while having a cocktail or a glass of wine and dedicating time to ourselves. Although it is often confused with the American happy hour, it is much more than this: it takes place at the end of the working day, between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm, pairing a slightly alcoholic drink with salty food. From cheeses and cured meats to pies, vegetables, pizzas and even small pasta dishes, everything is meant to open the palate and awaken the taste buds before dinner.

The origin of Italian Aperitivo

There are several stories about the modern concept of aperitif and its birth: according to some people, Antonio Benedetto Carpano, who created one of the first types of vermouth in Turin, was the first to promote the concept. According to other sources, the art of modern aperitif was born in Milan thanks to Gaspare Campari, the creator of the homonymous drink. Despite the mysterious origins, the art of aperitif remains, today, one of the most appreciated and unmissable Italian traditions.

In addition to the stories about its origin, there are many ways to enjoy it. The most popular proposals are two: the “buffet” one, where you fill your dish with the food you want, and the one served in a single dish directly served with a drink.

SE·STO on Arno Restaurant: discover the undiscoverable

In Italy, whether you’re in Milan, Venice, Florence, or Rome, you can find many spots offering different kinds of aperitif. One of the best places where discover the true essence of this Italian tradition is the iconic SE·STO on Arno Restaurant. A unique venue in the heart of Florence located on the sixth floor of The Westin Excelsior Florence, the restaurant offers the opportunity to experience a fantastic aperitif in a spectacular setting with an unforgettable 360-degree view overlooking the city.



Here the classy and elegant atmosphere is penetrated by natural light during the day, while in the evening the soft lights of the city turn the restaurant into a magical place. The aperitif at the SE·STO on Arno is all about delicious cocktails and refined wines to pair with exquisite food and breathtaking panoramic views. The bar also gives the possibility to choose the formula that best suits its guests: you can opt for a buffet-style choice or for the “gourmet” one including drinks and petit plats updated on a weekly basis.

Moreover, speaking of cocktails, SE·STO on Arno offers a particular cocktail list: each of them has the name of a historical characters linked to Florence. From Amerigo Vespucci to Garibaldi and Gian Maria Giorgini, guests can revive the magical Florentine history while savoring delicious and colorful drinks together with refined food.


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