The oldest tavern in the world is called "Al Brindisi" and is located in Ferrara. A narrow alley next to the cathedral, a story of almost six hundred years that earned her a mention in the Guinness Book of Records. The tavern already existed in 1435, when it was called "Hostaria del Chiuchiolino". At that time it was reached by boat from the current via degli Adelardi, then via del Gorgadello precisely because it was close to a small inlet.
Enoteca Al Brindisi History
In the Renaissance, there was a very popular tavern in Ferrara: it was, and still is, next to the Cathedral, where there was then a canal known as "Gorgadello"; in fact, it should be remembered that the first rainwater collection systems appeared at the end of the 15th century. In the writings of the time the place was known as "Osteria del Chiucchiolino", a recurring name in several Italian cities of that time, since "chiucchiolino" derives from "chiù", whose contracted expression recalls the term "ciucco", synonymous with drunk .
Among the illustrious people who frequented it are: Benvenuto Cellini, Tiziano Vecellio, Ludovico Torquato Tasso. Ariosto even remembers this place in his comedy entitled "La Lena"
Nicolò Copernico, the famous Polish scientist, graduated from the University of Ferrara, also stayed above the tavern, where he began to develop his revolutionary astronomical theory under the guidance of Domenico Navara.