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◄ Dur­ing the 18th cen­tury, at the royal court of Savoy, af­ter­noon tea was a quin­tes­sen­tial daily rit­ual. Mem­bers of the court would gather in the af­ter­noon to sip a steam­ing cup of hot choco­late or a typ­i­cal ‘Bicerin’ (made from espresso, choco­late and cream) ac­com­pa­nied by tra­di­tional bis­cuits and sweet treats which could be dipped in the hot liq­uid. Choco­late lovers can now in­dulge in this deca­dent royal af­ter­noon tea ex­pe­ri­ence at sev­eral of the city’s most pres­ti­gious cafés (avail­able on week­ends only). Op­tions on of­fer in­clude ei­ther an 18th or 19th cen­tury ‘Merenda Reale’: try them both!


Ev­ery week­end at Caffè Elena, Caffè San Carlo, Caf­fet­te­ria di Gerla 1927, Ge­la­te­ria Pepino dal 1884, Tor­refazione Moderna and the cof­fee shops of Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, Castello di Rivoli and the Reggia di Venaria.

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