|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!
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