Antico Caffe Greco, the historic bar on Via Dei Condotti near the Spanish Steps, first opened for business in 1760. Founded by Nicola Della Maddalena, Caffè Greco is the oldest coffee bar in Rome and the second-oldest in Italy.
Over the centuries the elegant Caffè Greco has provided a refuge for an eclectic range of intellectuals and characters such as Hans Christian Anderson.
Around 300 paintings, memorabilia and vintage photographs of the illustrious clientele cover the walls of the hallowed bar, whose gilt mirrors and grand piano help it to retain its other-worldly atmosphere.
In recent years Caffè Greco has reportedly faced the threat of closure over an increase in rent however it remains open and enjoys a special place in Rome’s cultural tourist trail. Open daily 09.00-21.00.