Living in the heart of Europe and having access to low cost airlines make it so easy to visit other countries that it would be a crime not to travel. And there are so many great places to visit in the old world! Rome is often one of the first destinations but for some reason it wasn't until February 2012 that I finally managed to land in the Ciampino airport. I was immediately greeted with a downpour, then a snow storm the next day (apparently it snows every 20 years in Rome, see how lucky I am?). Fortunately, Rome and Italy in general have something that can make bad weather enjoyable. Wine! After having spent two weeks in Venise and Milano last year and one week in Rome in 2012, I came to the conclusion that Italian white wines are damn good and perhaps more uniform in quality than French wines, although they'd have a hard time competing with top of the class French whites like Puligny-Montrachet. As for the red wines, Chianti Classico has a flavor profile that I adore, I just can't get enough of this region.
Emerging from two days of endless wine tastings alternating with short sightseeings under the rain/snow, I remembered that I needed to determine whether there was a place in Rome to buy some cigars. I did prepare my visit and knew that there was a La Casa del Habano in town, but I also wanted to check whether it was possible to find good offerings in regular tabacchi, smoke shops. I randomly entered three of them and was presented with a standard assortiment on tubed Partagas D 4 and Montecristo No. 2. Needless to say, no walk-in humidors. At this very moment my bored girlfriend told me that I had only one more chance left before she headed to the Colosseum without me. I quickly unfolded my map and we marched towards Fincato, the name of Rome's LCDH (exact address: Via della Colonna Antonina, 34, 00186 Roma, Italy Google Maps ->).
The place is classy and luxurious. I am immediately welcomed by a gentleman who tells me to go upstairs where the Cuban cigars sanctuary is located. Indeed, the walk-in humidor is impressive and has all the latest releases like the Ramon Allones Superiores, the Italian regional La Escepcion or the Partagas Serie E No. 2. All the regular cigars are also present - and you can buy singles, too. Overall, a great cigar shops and one I highly recommend if one day you set foot in the eternal city.
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