Antico Caffè Greco

Rome, Italy

Antico Caffè Greco

The Antico Caffè Greco (pronounced [anˌtiːko kafˌfɛ ɡˈɡrɛːko]; sometimes simply referred to as Caffè Greco) is a historic landmark café which opened in 1760 on Via dei Condotti in Rome, Italy. It is the oldest bar in Rome and second oldest in Italy, after Caffè Florian in Venice.

The café was named after its Greek (Greco in Italian) owner, who opened it in 1760. Historic figures including Stendhal, Goethe, Arthur Schopenhauer, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Mariano Fortuny, Byron, Franz Liszt, Keats, Henrik Ibsen, Hans Christian Andersen, Felix Mendelssohn, Wagner, Levi, María Zambrano, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and even Casanova have had coffee there. For more than two centuries and a half, the Caffe Greco has remained a haven for writers, politicians, artists and notable people in Rome. However, in 2017, the owner of the building asked for a raise of its monthly rent from the current 18.000 to 120.000 Euros. As of 23 October 2019, despite being protected by the Department of Beni Culturali, the café is under the risk of closing due to the expiration of its rental contract.

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