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Italy punches above its weight in drinks as well as food, producing over 600 kinds of mineral water alone, and leading the world in the production of wine; it produces some of the world's best known aperitivi and digestivi, and some of the more unusual like artichoke-based Cynar, and taught the rest of us how to make a good cup of coffee.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Caspar Diederik