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CAFFÈ GILLI

- Via Roma, 1r, 50123 Florence www.caffegilli.com

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.

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