The city of coffee

Caffè Tommaseo

Caffè Tommaseo is the oldest café in Trieste; founded in 1825, it took its name from its Paduan owner, Tommaso Marcato, but was later renamed Tommaseo, in honour of the Dalmatian linguist, writer and patriot.
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Marcato ordered precious mirrors from Belgium and introduced Trieste to ice cream, and in 1845 to gas lighting. Among its regulars, Pasquale Besenghi degli Ughi, Domenico Rossetti, Pietro Kandler and probably Henry Beyle (Stendhal); more recently, Virgilio Giotti, Giani Stuparich, Pierantonio Quarantotti Gambini and Umberto Saba, all sat at its tables.

Interesting facts:
Italo Svevo used to write here and Claudio Magris, local writer, created his first masterpiece, "Danubio", sitting at its tables.
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Caffè Tommaseo was decorated by Gatteri and inspired Giuseppe Barison, who sold his paintings and watercolours in the café.

Important deals and import-export contracts were discussed and signed here. In fact, the historical cafés where used as business addresses by many traders. In 1954, Caffè Tommaseo, located in the piazza by the same name, next to Piazza Unità, was awarded the status of Listed Building of Italy. Today, after being refurbished and renovated, it has reopened with a new management and, as well as its traditional coffee, it also offers the brand Enoteca Bischoff - another historical venue in the centre of the city and a famous wine shop since 1777 - providing top quality wines and ensuring the continuity of the historical café's tradition.
Caffè Tommaseo
Piazza Tommaseo 4/c
tel. +39 040 362666
info@caffetommaseo.it


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