In 1817, between Via Verdi and Via Manzoni, a few steps from the Duomo, you will find one of the cafés that was to become a reference point for the intellectual and political scene of Milan, chosen by patriots as a gathering place during the Five Days of Milan. In Piazza della Repubblica in Florence, you might find yourself seated at the same table where, one hundred years ago, Marinetti laid the foundations of the Manifesto of Italian Futurism. To complete this literary journey, we must head to Rome, not far from the Spanish Steps, in Via Condotti. Here, you come across what was once called the “Caffè di strada Condotta,” cited in 1743 by Giacomo Casanova. It is not surprising that the oldest literary café in Italy is to be found in the capital.
The ways we communicate and interact may well be changing. What certainly hasn’t changed, is the pleasure of enjoying a break, losing oneself among the pages of a book and the enveloping embrace of a steaming hot coffee.