A few steps from the Spanish Steps stands the Antico Caffè Greco (Via dei Condotti, 86), which first opened its doors in 1760. This makes it the oldest coffee shop in Rome and the second oldest in Italy. Only Caffe Florian (1720) in Venice is older.
In the 19th century the Caffè Greco was the preferred meeting place for many of the non-Italian residents of Rome, being frequented by some of the brightest lights of the literary and musical worlds, such as Liszt, Strauss, Mark Twain, Gogol, Hans Christian Andersen, Baudelaire, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Stendhal, Wagner, to name but a few!
In 1953 the Antico Caffè Greco was granted the status of a national monument.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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