ITALIAN CAFFÈS: AN ESPRESSO WITH THE FLAVOR OF ANTIQUITY
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.