The Gran Caffè Gambrinus is one of the milestone cafés in the city of Naples, overlooking the famous Piazza
del Plebiscito. Its name takes inspiration from that of Joannus Primus, legendary
inventor of the beer.
Decorated in Liberty style, the café offers paintings from the end of the XIXth
c. of important Neapolitan artists . Among them, you may find works of Gabriele D'Annunzio and Marinetti. Founded in 1860, after Italian unity, it became immediately popular thanks
to the art of the patissiers and barmen from all over Europe, so that it received
the recognition of the Royal House.
From the Belle Epoque, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Benedetto Croce, Matilde Serao, Eduardo Scarpetta, Totò, De Filippo, Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, Jean Paul Sartre knocked back a few here.
During fascism, Mussolini had some of the rooms shut down to keep out left-wing
Restored to its original splendeur, today, the Gran Caffè Gambrinus is one of
the most venerable and renowned venues in the city, where coffees, cocktails and
snacks are served to intellectuals, golden-skinned posers and smitten out-of-towners.
Recently, the café was a stop in the visits of statesmen as the Presidents of
the Italian Republic as Francesco Cossiga, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Carlo Azeglio
Ciampi and Giorgio Napolitano as well as Prime Ministers Prodi and Berlusconi.
Where: Piazza Trieste e Trento