It's Aper­i­tivo time at the Ro­man Fo­rum…a not-tobe missed Mi­lanese ex­pe­ri­ence.

Don’t miss an op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple Mi­lan’s old­est aper­i­tivo at the Ro­man Fo­rum: the Api­ciano aper­i­tivo. A unique ex­pe­ri­ence in the heart of the city.

Where Milan - - CONTENTS - By Ste­fa­nia Vida

As is known, the Mi­lanese rit­ual par ex­cel­lence is the aper­i­tivo. As the clock strikes 6pm, the Mi­lanese get ready to leave the of­fice and head to a bar to prep them­selves for the evening ahead. In Mi­lan, there’s no short­age of venues or ar­eas (each hav­ing dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics) where you can re­lax and in­dulge in few hours’ gos­sip in the com­pany of friends while sipping a clas­sic Spritz or a glass of wine: the ro­man­tic Navigli, trendy Corso Como with pi­azza Gae Au­lenti and the highly pop­u­lar Arco della Pace. How­ever, not every­one knows that there’s a new, or rather, his­toric hotspot, at the Ro­man Fo­rum! That’s right, Mi­lan even has its own Fo­rum, the old city square where, for cen­turies, peo­ple traded goods, ad­min­is­tered jus­tice and in­dulged in re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties. It was here that the Cardo crossed the De­cumanus which, in those days, was lo­cated just a short dis­tance from the Crypt of San Se­pol­cro. Not only did the mar­ble slabs used to build its floor come from the Fo­rum but the crypt it­self is lo­cated be­neath the spec­tac­u­lar room of one of Mi­lan’s old­est mu­se­ums, the Pi­na­coteca Ambrosiana! Ev­ery Thurs­day and Fri­day from 6pm to 8pm, when vis­it­ing the Ro­man Fo­rum, you can ac­cess a real ‘taberna’ and sam­ple wine and food in­spired by the tra­di­tions of an­cient Rome and the recipes of Api­cius, one of an­cient Rome’s most fa­mous gas­tronomes. Its spe­cial­ties are served on hand-dec­o­rated plat­ters by a cos­tumed innkeeper. Not just a sim­ple aper­i­tivo but an ex­pe­ri­ence that will al­low you to rediscover one of Mi­lan’s land­mark at­trac­tions as well as sev­eral in­ter­est­ing facts about the food that was pre­pared in past cen­turies. By reser­va­tion only (foro@mi­lan­tourism­point.com). >> The aper­i­tivo of An­cient Rome! (L’aper­i­tivo degli an­tichi Ro­mani) www.crip­tasanse­pol­cromi­lano.it Via dell’Ambrosiana. M1 Cor­du­sio. Map F5

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