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Opened in 1773 in Florence by the Swiss Gilli family, it has the charming atmosphere of a place frequented by intellectuals, scholars and artists throughout more than two centuries. In 1890 the cafe passed to the Frizzoni family - also Swiss. The rooms and furnishings, perfectly preserved, date back to those years and it is the only surviving example of a Belle-époque caffè in Florence. Of particular interest is the main bar/ counter, decorated with neo-classical patination bronzes cast in Coppedè’s famous studio. The Art Nouveau furniture, ivory colored walls, lamps and accessories of Murano glass, the frescoed ceiling and the arches still give an idea of what Gilli was like in its early days.