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The Most Liberty

The Most Liberty
Rippling and dynamic, inspired by nature and beautiful: by date of construction or through late-nineteenth-century renovation, more than seventy historical establishments in Italy display the Italian Art Nouveau style known as "Liberty". Here they are, in an imaginary journey that takes us into the ...

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The most family-run

The most family-run
Of the almost 240 historic establishments in the Association, almost 100 have been run by the same family for two or more generations. Here we see those with the longest lineages, in a list of great prestige that pays tribute and honour to the establishments and to the family names that have been so...

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The most “whispering gallery”

The most “whispering gallery”
A person opposite the entrance in the left-hand corner of the Sala Cardinali of the Grand Hotel Cocumella in Sant’Agnello di Sorrento, which contains portraits of the four high prelates that Sorrento gave to the Church, can distinctly hear all that is being said in the very opposite corner.

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The most opera

The most opera
Since 2000, Pasticceria Gemmi Il Loggiato in Sarzana, in the province of La Spezia, has been hosting an international competition for young opera singers. With big-name sponsors including the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and the City of Sarzana, it discovers and promotes artists under the age of 35...

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The most jazz

The most jazz
Hotel Universo in Lucca, home of the “Universo Jazz Club”, a cultural creation of Marianna Marcucci, which puts on a highly acclaimed and popular programme of jazz sessions with international stars.

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The warmest in war

The warmest in war
During the Second World War, some members of the Agnelli family, the owners of the Fiat car company, spent the winter at the Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci in Florence and, in great secrecy, had a lorry-load of coal brought to the hotel from the Turin factory.

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The largest majolica façade

The largest majolica façade
A masterpiece of the Italian Liberty style, made by Luigi Fabris of Bassano, with a record size of eight hundred square metres, the Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria on the Venice Lido has Europe’s largest façade in polychrome majolica. Beautifully restored, it is a miracle that it has surviv...

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The most “original furnishings”

The most “original furnishings”
The first three floors of the Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria on the Venice Lido are adorned with original Liberty-style furniture of 1905, created by master cabinetmaker Eugene Quarti of Milan, who exhibited some items at the Paris Salon of 1907. In every room a bed with headboard, bedside ta...

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The first goliard

The first goliard
In 1820, there was a famous episode of goliardery at the Caffè dell’Ussero in Pisa, which was described by Ersilio Michel in Maestri e scolari dell’Università di Pisa nel Risorgimento nazionale (Sansoni, 1949). A certain Ricci, a student from Livorno, stood up on a table and read out a witty s...

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The most sealed

The most sealed
Closed in 1979 upon the death of Irma Marescotti, the Liquoreria Pasticceria Marescotti Cavo in Genoa remained sealed, quite literally, for almost thirty years. In 2006, Alessandro Cavo obtained permission from the Marescotti estate to reopen the establishment. When he and the heirs pulled up the sh...

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The top top-guests

The top top-guests
These undoubtedly include Goethe, who was a guest in countless historic places during his “Travels in Italy”, D’Annunzio who, with or without Eleonora Duse, left a trail of broken hearts and unpaid bills behind him, and Ernest Hemingway, a faithful patron of so many bars in historical places, ...

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Historical city records

Historical city records
Incredible! In spite of its fast-paced business life, Milan leads the way with 16 historical establishments, followed by the more traditional Venice with 14, Turin with 13, Rome with 12, Florence with 9 and Naples with 8. 

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The most flooded

The most flooded
Caffè Lavena in Venice, under the old “procuratie” in Piazza San Marco, literally goes under every time high water hits the city.

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The most Fellinian

The most Fellinian
Hotel Eden in Rome and its splendid terrace with a breathtaking view of the capital, where Federico Fellini liked to give his most important interviews; Grand Hotel in Rimini, which Fellini adored ever since he was a boy, and where he set the unforgettable scenes of his masterpiece “Amarcord”.

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The most pugnacious

The most pugnacious
Gran Caffè Gambrinus, Naples: the family struggled for almost 30 years to get back a section which, in 1938, was turned into a bank after a senior Fascist official asked the prefect to close it because the noise downstairs disturbed his wife’s bridge sessions. Alberto Savinio, De Chirico’s brot...

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The most journalistic

The most journalistic
Caffè Gilli in Florence, where Prezzolini used to meet the editors of his La Voce literary journal from 1908 to 1916; Caffè Mangini in Genoa, which after the last war became the field office for the editorial staff of Il Secolo XIX and Il Lavoro, with legendary directors like Cavassa and Pertini.&...

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The closest to soccer

The closest to soccer
In the 1930s, the Ambrosiana-Internazionale team, with Castellazzi, Alemandi, De Manzano, Meazza, Faccio, Levratto, Bitto, Agosteo, Cerasoli, Frione and Serantoni, felt at home in Ristorante Boeucc, in Milan. 

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The oldest patent royal

The oldest patent royal
Caffè Pasticceria Stoppani in Bari has Italy’s oldest patents royal as official supplier to the Royal Household. It is issue no. 2, dated 1865. Those who obtained one could not only boast the title, but also place the Savoy crest on their packages and products. 

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