Cafes in Italy are different than the coffee shops we might find at home or the sidewalk cafes of France. For the most part, they are essentially bars, which serve coffee and pastries in the morning and afternoon, and drinks at night. Patrons generally stand at the counter while they consume their beverage of choice. If you choose to sit at a table, there is often a surcharge for this privilege (not to mention, the associated “tourist” label). However, after days of sightseeing, you may not care about the additional cost or the stigma and just be happy to sit for a few minutes – it is fine to sit down. Also, keep in mind Italian cafes do not have “to go” cups.
“Caffe” refers to a single shot of espresso in a small demitasse cup. There is not need to call it espresso as that is implied in the word Caffe.
Sant’ Eustachio il Caffe – Hands down, the best cappuccino I have ever had in my life. It is a MUST GO for anyone visiting Rome. Seriously, you haven’t been to Rome, if you haven’t been to Sant’ Eustachio.
|Antico Caffe del Greco via|
Antico Caffe Greco – A different experience altogether, the posh Caffe Greco has been around since 1760 and has served esteemed patrons such as Goethe, Lord Byron and Casanova! It is more in the tradition of the grand cafes of Paris. As longer as you are going to be paying up for your drink here, you might as well sit and enjoy being waited on in the beautiful surroundings.
Once you have tried these places, you will never want to go to Starbucks again!