Where Keats and Byron sipped coffee
Via Condotti in Rome is home to a place with an atmosphere bursting with charm: the Antico Caffè Greco, a destination for intellectuals, philosophers, sculptors and musicians of the past. The likes of Keats and Byron, Wagner and D’Annunzio, Leopardi and Levi, as well as princesses, cardinals and historians, have sipped coffee at its tables. It holds great cultural significance not only in terms of Rome, but also on a European level.
Founded in 1760 by Nicola della Maddalena, the Antico Caffè Greco owes its name to its creator, who came from the Anatolian coast, historically linked to Greek colonies. It is the second oldest café in Italy, after the Florian in Venice. It retains its 19th-century décor and houses over 300 works and historical memorabilia, making it the world’s largest private art gallery open to the public.
Amid autographs, paintings, drawings, photographs, letters, elegant interiors and refined marble tables, the Antico Caffè Greco is a precious place that preserves the traces of a time that is long gone but still tangible.