BEST BAR FOR THE APERITIF IN CORTONA

Cortona, a captivating hilltop town, draws visitors with its millennial stone ancient walls, picturesque alleyways, and charming faded russet tiled roofs. Nestled amidst the lush green countryside, this enchanting destination beckons those in search of a taste of the past. And when it comes to experiencing an authentic Tuscan aperitif, there is no place quite like Cortona.

As you wander through its streets and squares, you’ll discover a myriad of inviting bars exuding a timeless allure. Here, the air is filled with the aroma of robust red wines and the tantalizing scent of spicy salami. It’s the perfect setting to immerse yourself in the essence of Tuscan indulgence.

Take a seat in one of the town’s pretty bars, where history merges seamlessly with contemporary delights. Sip on a glass of the region’s finest red wine, allowing its complex flavors to dance on your palate. Pair it with a selection of local delicacies, such as the vibrant and flavorful salami, for a true sensory experience.

In Cortona, aperitif time is not just a prelude to a meal; it is an occasion to savor the essence of Tuscan culture. It’s a moment to unwind, relish the flavors of the past, and embrace the timeless charm that permeates this captivating town.

Sottovoce

SottoVoce is the perfect place for anyone looking to enjoy a delicious aperitif in a beautiful location. Situated in the heart of the central square, this establishment offers a stunning view of the main square Piazza della Repubblica, making it an ideal spot for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap.

With its perfect blend of vintage and modern aesthetics, it’s no wonder that this tapas bar is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, Sottovoce offers an ambiance reminiscent of a 1950s salon, complete with hexagonal terracotta floor tiles, richly upholstered wooden benches, and crystal glassware.

The menu at this tapas bar is as cutting-edge as its decor. For a starter, try the fried liver served with herby valerian and pomegranate vinaigrette, or the Japanese-style nigiri topped with Tuscan cured meat. One of the standout features of SottoVoce is their special cocktails., nevertheless, the true protagonist of the evening is the house’s specialty is the Americano and Negroni, a must-try for any cocktail aficionado. Wine lovers will also appreciate the knowledgeable staff and a comprehensive list of local bottles to choose from.

Their expert mixologists have created a unique selection of drinks that perfectly complement their delicious aperitifs. From classic cocktails to innovative creations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The ambiance at SottoVoce is also one of its defining qualities. The sleek and stylish decor creates a sophisticated yet welcoming atmosphere, making it the perfect place to unwind after a long day. Whether you’re looking for a cozy spot for a date night or a lively gathering with friends, SottoVoce has got you covered.

Audience type: Young and old

From Tuesday to Sunday
Start at 18.00 to  21.00

Address: Piazza della Repubblica, 6/7

Italian Classic aperitif, wide selection of wines

From Tuesday to Sunday
Start at 18.00 to  21.00

Indirizzo: Via Nazionale 26, Cortona

 

Globe

Nestled in the heart of the city,  drawing in crowds of stylish locals and visitors alike. The chic terrace is an oasis of metallic tables and chairs, adorned with tropical ferns, palms and hanging baskets, exuding a unique, trendy atmosphere.

The mixologists here are true artists, crafting cocktails that are both inventive and delicious. Served in hip flasks with a wax seal, or with garnishes such as toasted marshmallows or macarons, each drink is a masterpiece.

The interior is equally impressive, with a cellar-like atmosphere that is both cozy and stylish. Mismatched vintage furniture, soft lighting, and a stunning giant globe complete the look. It’s the perfect spot for snapping pics and making memories with friends.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a night out with friends or simply unwind after a long day, this new destination has everything you need. So grab a seat, order a drink, and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of this trendy hotspot.

Audience type: Very Young

Aperitif From Tuesday to Sunday
Start at 18.00 to  21.00

Indirizzo: Piazza Signorelli, Cortona

 

Tuscher caffe
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Located in the heart of via Nazianale (main twon road), this Italian café is a time-honoured institution for the locals who love to spend their mornings reading the newspapers over cups of steaming coffee. The classic tall glass cabinets and ornate gilt-framed oil paintings on the walls create an elegant and regal atmosphere. The friendly aperitivo hour is one of the most awaited times of the day where patrons can enjoy generous snacks and refreshing drinks.

For a more exclusive experience, head up to the mezzanine level and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the lively scene below while sipping your espresso. You can also take a break from your shopping and explore the antique and gift shops in the area while enjoying a glass of wine outside the café.

tuscher aperitivo cortona

The owners, Massimo and Daniela, are both esteemed members of the prestigious Italian Association of Bartenders. Their mastery in mixology is evident in the top-notch cocktails served at the café. Whether you want to enjoy a classic negroni or try out their signature creations, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of experts.

Audience type: Mature and young

From Tuesday to Sunday

Aperitif noon 11,30 – 13,00
Pre dinner aperitif 18,00 – 21,00

Address: Via Nazionale 43, Cortona

La Saletta

la saletta cortona

Welcome to Bar La Saletta, a charming enoteca that exudes the wood-panelled allure of a bohemian Parisian café. Nestled within its walls, conversation-starting art creates an engaging atmosphere, while outside, old-fashioned tablecloths beckon passersby. During the day, this establishment transforms into a delightful coffee shop, serving rich espresso accompanied by its very own powdery biscotti.

However, as the sun sets and night unfurls its captivating veil, Bar La Saletta undergoes a metamorphosis. It becomes a haven for discerning palates seeking exquisite aperitivi, accompanied by enticing sharing boards of olives, crisps, and crunchy crostini. The local Chianti, when paired with a paper-wrapped stack of ciaccia fritta—fried triangles of delectable pizza dough—proves to be an irresistible and tantalizing combination.

la saletta aperitivo cortona

Bar La Saletta encapsulates the essence of culinary indulgence, transporting patrons to a realm where taste and aesthetics harmonize. Its distinctive ambience, reminiscent of a bygone era, creates a haven where one can unwind and savor the finest offerings. Whether it be a morning pick-me-up or an evening rendezvous, this hidden gem promises an experience that will linger in the memories of its visitors.

From Tuesday to Sunday

Start at 18.00 to  21.00

Address: Via Nazionale 26, Cortona

Enoteca Enotria Wine Bar

Enoteca Enotria, an enchanting wine bar tucked away in Cortona, epitomizes the essence of an Italian enoteca, where tastings and convivial gatherings intertwine. Its elegant wooden-shuttered façade exudes timeless charm, beckoning passersby to indulge in a spot of people-watching.

Nestled at one of the few streetside tables, adorned with swirling wrought-iron chairs, patrons are invited to immerse themselves in the vast array of treasures that line the walls inside. The library of ruby bottles holds the promise of delightful discoveries, waiting to be uncorked and savored.

For a truly authentic experience, do not miss the opportunity to sample the locally renowned Focaccia, a culinary gem exclusively available in this town. Whether adorned with cheese and ham for a traditional combination or creatively filled with pickled vegetables for a vegan twist, it is a must-try delight.

As you indulge in the ambience, take a moment to explore the deli counter, showcasing a tempting selection of local cheeses and cured meats. And should you find a wine that captivates your senses, feel free to stock up on a few bottles to prolong the magic of Enoteca Enotria in the comfort of your own home.

Audience type: Young and old

From Tuesday to Sunday

Aperitif noon 11,30 – 13,00
Pre dinner aperitif 18,00 – 21,00

Address: Via Nazionale 81, Cortona

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