In 1570 a botanical doctor took to Venice some botanical bags of coffee from the East, after noticing the effects produced by the coffee, he described it as a magical medicine.
The ports of Venice helped the expansion of coffee in Italy. The Venetians became coffee pioneers and that's how coffee became the favorite drink for Italians.
The world's first coffee shop was opened in Venice in 1645.
The Muslims had a very different opinion about coffee, because of its effects it was considered as the drink of the devil. Coffee was not accepted by Catholics until Pope Clement VII drank this black beverage and commented: "This drink is so delicious that it would be a sin to prohibit its drinking".
In the late eighteenth century, most Italian cities had adopted this traditional and delicious Venetian custom.