Caffe Greco, Rome.

Friday, 13 July 2012

There are so many wonderful things to do in Rome. The first thing that jumps to mind is history and culture. And you'd be quite right to hop onto this train of thought. However, in Rome one of my most enjoyable trips was one in which the history was a little outside the box. This trip was one to Caffe Greco. A wonderful cafe that opened in 1760 - a little history for you there. It used to entertain the likes of Keats and Shelley and once inside, you really feel like a part of history and their world. Even the outside is exciting, with a warm and inviting view of the bar and rows of delicate cakes.

Trip Advisors will try to tell you that the Caffe is pricey, and it is if you let yourself get hearded to the back with the rest of the tourists. But, if you know your stuff (like my Mum and her guide book do) you'll know the place to be is at the bar, with an espresso. A modestly priced espresso at that. I also went for an adorable cake. It was just looking at me saying "eat me eat me". So I did. Grazie Mille.

Aren't they just gorgeous?

I felt like I fitted right in with the Italian business man clutching a Louis Vuitton Bag. Minus my camera. And guidebook. And pigeon Italian. But still I was there and I was doing it!

For me, Greco was magical. It's in a brilliant location too. Just off the Piazza di Spagna (home to the Spanish Steps) the shops and history that surround the Caffe describe it to a tee. Glamorous and brilliantly authentic.  

If you are ever destined for Rome, stop in here and enjoy being a Roman for 20 minutes or so. Don't let yourself be ushered into the back rooms, they are stuffy and for touristy tourists. Go forth readers and pretend to be Italian! And take loads of photos.

L (now a proclaimed espresso drinker) xxxx

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