Florence introduces 17th century quarantine measures

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These are the so-called “wine windows” – something like narrow loopholes in the thick walls of old houses. They were invented in the 17th century in order to avoid contamination when selling wine during the then raging epidemic of the bubonic plague. Now these numerous “wine windows” are recognized as an object of cultural and historical heritage, a special association monitors their safety.

Four hundred years passed, and the idea regained its relevance. During the period of the coronavirus epidemic, for safety reasons, it is also necessary to maintain social distance. And the “wine windows” again began to be used for their original purpose. Today, wine, other drinks, and even ice cream are sold in this way. Contacts between the buyer and the seller are practically minimized due to the thick walls and small loopholes, according to the TV channel “My Planet”.

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