From fancy Art Deco to one of Amsterdam's oldest brown cafes here are 15 of the best historic cafes in Europe:
La Closerie des Lilas, Paris – best for literary historyCafé New York, Budapest – best for most beautifulCafé Central, Vienna – best for classical musicMajestic Café, Porto – best for Art NoveauCafe Chris, Amsterdam – best for interesting localsCaffe Torino, Turin – best for glamorous past-
Turin is actually the first place in Europe where coffee fever first took hold and the Italian city is still home to a thriving cafe culture. Another café that can claim a Belle Epoque atmosphere is the attractive Caffe Torino, Turin first opened in 1903. Clustured amongst the other coffee houses on Piazza San Carlo, Caffe Torino certainly stands out with its rich velvet furnishings, expanses of wood and homely fireplaces. The café has welcomed a whole host of famous names including Ava Gardner, Alcide De Gaspari and pianist Ludovico Einaudi. Boasting a heated terrace since the 1950s, it also has a refined restaurant which adds to its charm.
Piazza San Carlo, 204, 10121 Turin, ItalyThe Antico Caffe Greco, Rome – oldest cafe in Rome -
Anyone who has visited Rome knows it’s filled with many excellent cafes, but the one that really stands out is The Antico Caffe Greco. It is the second oldest café in Italy, and the oldest bar and café in the whole of Rome. Since opening its doors on Via dei Condotti in 1760 it has hosted such historical figures as Stendhal, Goethe, Byron, Franz Liszt, Henrik Ibsen, Hans Christian Andersen, Keats, Wagner, David Reynolds, Felix Mendelssohn, Maria Zambrano, Levi and Casanova. More contemporary visitors include artists, politicians and writers.
Via Condotti 86 | Piazza di Spagna, Rome, ItalyUltieme Hallucinatie, Brussels – best for stained glass decorCafé Slavia, Prague – best for understatedJama Michalika, Krakow – best for quirky decorCaffe Florian, Venice – oldest cafe in Italy -
Caffe Florian in Venice - first opened in 1720 – is considered to be the oldest café in Italy, if not the world. Famous patrons of the two room café include Goethe and the legendary lothario Casanova. Today Caffe Florian has huge displays of diverse artwork that grace the walls, ranging from comic strips to classical oil paintings. Hosting the world-renowned La Bienniale de Venezia art festival, this café is the perfect place to indulge in some Italian culture as well as enjoying some of the finest coffee in Europe.
Piazza San Marco, 56, 30124 Venice, ItalyCafé de l’Opera, Barcelona – best for Opera fansA Brasileira, Lisbon – best for old school eleganceCafe Buchwald, Berlin – best for sweet tooth’sCafe Odeon, Zurich – best for famous past FULL ARTICLE
Terwijl we vorige week nét nieuw beeldmateriaal hebben geplaatst van de Quattroporte blijkt Maserati druk aan het testen te zijn met de volgende nieuwkomer, de Ghibli. Het Italiaanse Autoblog.it heeft foto’s in bezit gekregen van een in de sneeuw spelende Ghibli. Vermoedelijk is deze dus voorzien van vierwielaandrijving.
De versie met aandrijving op vier wielen zal straks overigens de naam Integrale meekrijgen, die we natuurlijk al kennen van Lancia. Net als de Quattroporte heeft ook de Ghibli nu een enorme bult op de achterzijde; kennelijk wil men ons nog geen idee weg geven hoe de achterzijde eruit ziet (en functioneert). De Ghibli zal tegen de 5 meter lengte schurken en als belangrijkste concurrenten de BMW 5-serie, Jaguar XF en Audi A6 hebben.
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Want to know how to make a real Italian pizza? The most important part is getting the Italian pizza dough right! More than just the base of the pizza, the dough is what gives the pizza its texture, holds together the flavors, and—if done right—can make you feel like you’ve been transported right back to Italy.
Ingredients (makes dough for 4 pizzas, each one about 12 inches in diameter):
600 mL of warm water7 cups (1kg) flour, type “00″*2.25 teaspoons (25 grams) yeast6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil1.5 tablespoons salt2 teaspoons sugar
*A note on the flour: In Italy, “00″, or “doppio zero,” flour is the most highly-refined and finest-ground flour available. Not available where you are (or too expensive?). An all-purpose flour should work just as well!
The Cavalier is back on his horse. After days of confusion and self-contradiction, on Friday Silvio Berlusconi was his rambunctious old self again, confirming that he will indeed fight Italy's coming general election.
E' una settimana circa che il Cavaliere tiene l'Italia (e i mercati) con il fiato sospeso, in quella che sempre più le caratteristiche di una tragicommedia. Ora di colpo diventa montiano. Cosa c'è sotto?