Today our tour of Italy’s oldest cafes leads us to discover the historical cafes of Bologna, wonderful locations that testify to a long history and serve as a depositary of many splendid traditions.
As we saw with the glorious cafes of Milan and those in Turin dating back one hundred years and beyond: in places like these, it is easy to succumb to the charm of centuries of history and feel thrown back in time into the evocative moods of yesteryear. Ready to explore the most spellbinding bars of the capital city of Emilia Romagna?
Caffè Zanarini, piazza Galvani
The first mandatory pit-stop for those who want to discover the historical bars of Bologna is Caffè Zanarini, between via Farini and Galleria Cavour. Opened in 1930, over the years it has become renowned for the excellent quality of products and services on offer, which have become popular again in the last few years following several changes of management.
Today, in sophisticated spaces spanning two floors in Caffè Zanarini you can have breakfast with a perfectly made coffee (perhaps accompanied by an exquisite pear and chocolate pastry), enjoy lunch and dinner, or even one of the café’s very popular aperitifs.
Caffè Pasticceria Gamberini, via Ugo Bassi
Since 1907, Caffè Pasticceria Gamberini is a symbol of the capital city of Emilia, also famous for serving warm croissants and brioches from the secondary entrance in the side street from the early hours of the morning.
The proverbial goodness of the pastries on offer is accompanied by the charm of the original furnishings (including wooden decorative elements and a crystal chandelier), almost all restored and still present in the Bolognese bar, officially classed as a Historical Italian Cafe since 2006.
Antico Caffè Scaletto, via Ugo Bassi
A few metres from Caffè Pasticceria Gamberini we come across another historical Bolognese café, which opened in 1921: Antico Caffè Scaletto.
From here, patrons can enjoy a panoramic view of the city including a glimpse of the Towers, even if there are only a few tables available outside. Inside, the space is even smaller, with the counter in the centre, the ideal spot for enjoying a delicious cappuccino.
Our journey among Italy’s oldest bars continues, entering the homeland of the espresso: discover the historical cafes of Naples, where history and tradition blend, united by the same strong passion for coffee.