Il Re del Cappuccino

Mansummano Terme, Italy

Apr 2, 2012
Outside Magazine

Cappuccino via Shutterstock    Photo: Vitaliy Hrabar

Best for: Teetotalers and the hungover
Liquigas-Cannondale racer Ted King lives near enough to this little café and bar in central Italy, 30 miles northwest of Florence, that he occasionally stops there on training rides. The owner and “King of the Cappucino,” Signor Umberto Galligani, has been serving coffee at this location since 1948. He’s also a devoted cycling fan. In addition to all the pro cycling jerseys draped on the wall (175 and counting), the old man keeps a book stocked with photos of himself and the many pro cyclists who pass by: Jan Ullrich, Alberto Contador, Alexandre Vinokourov, Mark Cavendish. “Everyone is there. Hundreds and hundreds of photos,” says King. That now includes the young American. And though you won’t get a beer here, you will get the best cappuccino of your life, perfected over 64 years of practice. C’mon, we had to include one stop to help cure you of a hangover.