The Best Coffee Shops In The World – 8 of Italy’s Most Historic Cafes

Posted: August 13, 2012 in Places to Go
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Well-known for its cafe culture, Italy has some of the best coffee shops in the world you’ll find anywhere. Take a tour of some of the oldest cafes in the world on your trip & get a true taste of Italian history.

Caffe Florian, Venice

Caffe Florian, Venice

Caffe Florian, Venice

Thought by some to be the oldest café in the world, The Florian opened in December 1720 with just two rooms in the elegant city of Venice. Goethe and Casanova were amongst its famous patrons, the latter no doubt attracted by the fact that Florian was the only coffee house in the city that allowed women.

Today, the Caffe Florian has an ever-changing display of artworks from across the globe ranging from classical paintings to comic strips. As home of the Venice Biennale, Caffè Florian is right at the heart of Italian cultural life.

Caffe Baratti e Milano, Turin

Caffe Baratti e Milano, Turin

Caffe Baratti e Milano, Turin

A visit to Turin would not be complete without a visit to Caffe Baratti e Milano. First founded in 1874, it is a well-known landmark for the City of Turin.

Inside, the cafe’s elegance hints at the splendour of its past. Outside, film buffs will recognise its location on Galleria Subalpina as the setting for the famous Mini chase from The Italian Job.

Order a signature Bicerin – the classic mocha coffee of the region – and enjoy the views of one of the most famous streets in Turin.

Antico Caffe Greco, Rome

Antico Caffe Greco, Rome

Antico Caffe Greco, Rome

Almost a rival for Caffe Florian in terms of longevity, Caffe Greco first opened its doors to coffee lovers in Rome in 1760. Throughout its 250-year history, the cafe has been popular with musicians and writers, with poets Keats and Shelley regularly patronising this popular café.

The interior doesn’t look like it’s changed much in at least 150 years and outside the views are beautiful. In the height of the Roman summer, get a Paradisi – the cafe’s speciality drink of oranges and lemons – and sit outside to watch the world go by.

Caffe Cova, Milan

Caffe Cova, Milan

Caffe Cova, Milan

Established in 1817, Caffe Cova is one of the oldest paticceries in Italy. Inside, you will find a mouth-watering array of pastries on offer behind the glass. Most notably, Cova is thought to be the birthplace of the modern version of the Panettone, the Milanese cake that’s become popular in the UK at Christmas time.

Although as one of the best coffee shops in the world, popular and gets extremely busy, the charming will make sure you’re not overlooked. The cakes and pastries are particularly tempting, but the cafe also offers freshly-made sandwiches to order. Thickly sliced smoked salmon on fresh rye bread baked in-store will fortify you for an afternoon of Milanese adventures.

Caffe Gilli, Florence

Caffe Gilli, Florence

Caffe Gilli, Florence

Second only to The Florian in age, Caffe Gilli opened in 1733 and has been an integral part of Florence’s city centre for nearly three centuries.

The terrace offers some of the best views of Florence’s Piazza Della Republica, but it’s most famous for what it has to offer hungry visitors. Visit early for a freshly baked pastry and the best cappuccino in Florence.

Caffe Gambrinus, Naples

Caffe Gambrinus, Naples

Caffe Gambrinus, Naples

The Gambrinus is famous not just only as the city’s oldest café, but also for its famous patrons. Since it opened in the mid-1800s, royalty, artists, and celebrities have visited, attracted by its beautiful interior.

The Caffe Gambrinus has paintings by some of the greatest artists of 19th century, for you to admire over coffee and a cake. There are tables outside, but with such a beautiful interior most choose to stay inside the cafe known as “Naples’ living room.”

Antico Caffè Spinnato, Palermo

Antico Caffè Spinnato, Palermo

Antico Caffe Spinnato, Palermo

Dating back to 1860, Antico Caffe Spinnato is the oldest cafe in Palermo and offers a range of sumptuous cakes, coffee and gelati as well as sweet marsala wine.

A particular favourite of the locals in Palermo, Antico Caffe Spinnato is popular on weekend evenings where a night of wine and chatter can be rounded off with a fresh brioche to take home up to midnight.

Caffé Mangini

Caffé Mangini

Caffe Mangini

Established in 1876, Caffé Mangini is a relative newcomer to the cafe scene compared to its cousins across Italy. However, it has the rare honour of having served as the location chosen by Giuseppe Garibaldi and Nino Bixio, to celebrate the departure of the expedition of the Thousand at the Antica Osteria del Bai.

Today, the cafe is the perfect place to write your postcards home on the terrace under the watchful eye of Vittorio Emanuele II, whose statue stands over the terrace.

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