Florence, Caffè Gilli

Caffè Gilli is one of the most charming and prestigious cafes of Florence.

Located in Piazza della Repubblica, it is one of the famous literal cafes of the city, and vaunts a long history. It was inaugurated in 1733 by Gilli family and immediately obtained great success among Florence aristocracy; noblemen began to attend Caffé Grilli thanks to the typical Italian specialties and the cozy atmosphere. At the beginning of XX century, the cafe was moved to the current location in Piazza della Repubblica, and became one of the most prestigious literary cafes of Florence. During this period, many artists, writers, critics and politicians used to meet here and discuss the cultural news of the time.

After the Second World War, the Caffè Grilli outdoor became a meeting place for young and poor people, while many celebrities and tourists enjoyed the café. That situation was immortalized by photographer Ruth Orkin, through the photo American girl in Italy, 1951, which depicts a beautiful American girl who walks in front of the bar, being noticed by a group of young Italian boys.

 

 

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