However, my favorite vending machine of all time might be the cheese vending machine I stumbled across in Parma, Italy. Where else in the world can you buy a pound (500g) of Parmigiano Reggiano out of a machine for €7?
There are not many 24-hour shops in Italy, but God forbid you be caught late at night without enough Parmigiano, stracchino or primosale in the house.
The area around Parma is the only part of Italy that produces Parmigiano Reggiano, so it does make sense that it is important enough to have its own vending machine.
There were a few processed snacks and drinks mixed in, but most of the space in the two machines was given over to local products like cheese, yogurt, and milk.
In a country where even the corner shops usually close around 9 or 10 pm at the absolute latest, I would love to have a few milk vending machines in Rome. Because there are fewer preservatives, fresh products tend to expire quickly so we buy things like milk in small quantities on a very regular basis.
On the price list, the machine even specifies that milk will last 5 days. (Yogurt for 15).
Parma has certainly has its priorities straight. We could all use more cheese vending machines in our lives, no?