It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Rome : Caffe Greco

Caffe Greco, Rome

We were all staying in the area of the Spanish Steps, and Diane had heard about the amazing Caffe Greco (sorry, the official web page is ONLY in Italian).  Caffe Greco (this is the Wiki link in English) is the second oldest cafe in all of Italy, opening in 1760.

Historic figures including Stendhal, Goethe, Thorvaldsen, Fortuny, Byron, Liszt, Keats, Ibsen, H C Andersen, Mendelssohn and Zambrano have all had coffee in the Greco.  Of course, they'll now have to add me to that astonishing list!

It's a narrow but deep cafe, a sugar lumps throw from the Fontana della Barrcaccia at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, and we all trundled in there on Saturday morning.  Paintings and photos of their amazing customers line the walls, behind the small marble topped tables and banquettes.  I know I should be impressed by Ibsen and Goethe, but let's face it, Buffalo Bill had coffee here and that's much more interesting!

Anyway, it's famous, it's located right in the tourist heart of Rome and it's EXPENSIVE.  I ordered a cappucino and it was €8!  That said, it was a very lovely coffee, and I really enjoyed it.  Considering for only €2 more we got a ham and cheese toasted sandwich in the same place, I think the coffee might be slightly over priced.  But, hey, when in Rome ...

Me and the €8 cappuccino - yes, it was a good coffee!

Oh, and just so you know, real Italians wouldn't dream of having a cappuccino after 11am - it's considered a morning drink only.  Whew, lucky I got my Greco cappuccinos in before the deadline!

Caffe Greco
Via Condotti 86
Rome 00187


  1. We grabbed cappos at about 3 this arvo at Gloria Jeans and all up it was about $11.....but I dought Byron, Buffalo Bill or anyone else worth mentioning has ever set foot in the GJ at Elizabeth. : D Great post K. Such amazing history. You look super cute drinking your overprice Jo!
    Dressology HQ

  2. Thanks babes! We were in Paris this weekend (it's a tough life, but someone has to do it) and our Americanos on the Champs Elysee were €7.50 - so I guess people make zillions out of the cheapest ingredients in tourist areas. It's worth it for the people watching though!


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