Ferrara’s “Brindisi” wine shop was called Hostaria del Chiucchiolino, back when Copernicus was still in university. He lived on the first floor, right above the shop. And undoubtedly he sometimes came down for a drink to recharge after a long day of studying – because in wine there is truth, and stargazing is easier and more fruitful after a nice glass.
The “Brindisi”, probably the oldest tavern in Europe, has not changed location since 1435. It is next to the city’s Cathedral, and has given shelter to travelers for almost six centuries: famous ones like Benvenuto Cellini, Tiziano Vecellio, Ludovico Ariosto, and Torquato Tasso – who immortalized it one of his verse plays – as well as unknown wanderers.
Here you can still taste Italian wines coming from different regions, along with dishes from Ferrara’s culinary tradition.
The wine shop’s ancient name, ‘Chiucchiolino’, comes from the word ‘chiù’ (“drunk”): not an unusual label for a wine shop. Copernicus went back up to his room and grew convinced that the Earth revolved around the Sun, not vice versa. We wouldn’t be surprised if wine played a part in his revolutionary insight. After all, in wine there is truth.