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A look at the old­est and most fa­mous caffès in Italy, where a sim­ple cup of cof­fee is steeped in his­tory and cul­ture, art and good taste. There are still var­i­ous places where one can en­joy the in­de­fin­able at­mos­phere and fas­ci­nat­ing am­bi­ence of his­toric caffès.

For cen­turies caffès have been meet­ing places for the ex­change of in­for­ma­tion across all so­cial classes, of­fer­ing the op­por­tu­nity for short breaks dur­ing the work­ing day, or for longer stays to en­joy the plea­sure of meet­ing with a group of friends. How­ever, it was only dur­ing the 20th cen­tury that cof­fee be­came a part of daily life, mark­ing the stages of the day. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to take shel­ter or com­fort here, busi­ness peo­ple, in­tel­lec­tu­als, lovers or lonely-hearts, el­e­gant ladies and their com­pan­ions. In the past, these lav­ishly dec­o­rated caffès and lit­er­ary cafes helped to de­fine so­cial and po­lit­i­cal rev­o­lu­tions: they hosted the birth of new lit­er­ary and artis­tic move­ments; they have al­ways been in­volved in ev­ery as­pect of so­cial and cul­tural change. That’s the rea­son why tra­di­tional caffès are his­tor­i­cal tes­ta­ments.

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