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herbal liqueur from Lake Como

Sweet herbal Vespetrò liqueur from Canzo has been around the 18th century, made according to a secret recipe that achieved perfection under a local pharmacist named Scannagatta, perfected, patented it, and marketed it in yellow bottles as Vespetrò Scannagatta. It won a prize at the 1900 Paris World's fair, and has always been a favourite of tourists in the region. Local families in Canzo still make their own versions.

Scannagatta also produces another digestivo called Amaro del Ghisallo, nicknamed Campionissimo, in honour of local cycling hero Fausto Coppi and named after the Santuario del Ghisallo, dedicated to the Madonna del Ghisallo, patron saint of cycling.



Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

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