Posted by: Debra Kolkka | November 20, 2018

Giacosa gone

It seems to be final, Caffe Giacosa in Florence has gone. Giorgio Armani took over the space after Roberto Cavalli closed. The caffe became part of the Cavalli shop after the original one closed.

Giacosa Florence

Giacosa Florence

The Armani renovation took months. I was hoping that they would save some room and continue Giacosa. It has been my favourite place to go for coffee in Florence for 14 years quite apart from the fact that it has been a part of Florence for a couple of centuries.

Armani Florence

The Armani shop is just a shop and I think it was a lovely opportunity lost.

I have been on the hunt for a new place to start my day in Florence and the obvious place to start was Caffe Gilli on the Via Roma corner of Piazza della Repubblica. It is the oldest cafe in Florence, opened in 1733.

Ditta Artigianale

The interior is elegant and full of delicious treats. If you stand at the counter your coffee and pastry will cost only around €2.50. The toilets are great too. (This is important, public toilets are few and far between in Florence)

Caffe Gilli

I found another great spot on the other side of the Arno in Via della Sprone in the Santo Spirito area. Ditta Artigianale is just a few years old and a completely different style. They serve excellent coffee and snacks at good prices.

Ditta Artigianale

I still miss Giacosa, but I think I will get by.


  1. What a shame Deb. It certainly will be sadly missed.

    • Nice to hear from you! Giacosa was always my first stop in Florence.

  2. Always sad when places we love disappear….

    • Yes, it is. I think Armani could have included the cafe. The shop is huge…and had no customers when I walked past.

      • Time will tell if they have been short sighted….

  3. That’s really sad Debra….looks a delightful piece of Florence history gone…

    • It is sad. It was an important piece of Florence.

  4. Oh No – what a shame , and yes you will get by, but it was such a lovely thing to do early in the day especially before heading off shopping – and those very beautiful Italians having coffee at Giacosa, were lovely to be amongst.

    • It was fun. Gilli will gave to do.

  5. For a moment i had the same feeling that i had when i heard that Luciano Pavarotti was dead – i would never have the chance to experience his voice in real life. But, i am relieved that in Florence a very nice substitute is waiting for me still! For coffee, that is:)

    • My 2 new destinations are great.

  6. It is always disappointing when your favourite place/thing is no longer available…but usually a good substitute is found after some exploring!

    • I miss the lovely ladies I used to see in Giacosa each time I went.

  7. We also loved to stop at Giacosa, especially afternoon cafe and treat. Such a special place and we will miss it too!

    • Gilli is a fine substitute.

  8. It is always regrettable when these traditional places disappear. They are part of an era which is fading away….

    • It is a real pity. Armani had a shop further down the street. I don’t see the point of their move.

  9. What a shame. I remember when Armani had a cafe here in Sydney. I did go there once and it was quite nice although I don’t know how long it lasted. As you say, a lost opportunity.

  10. Sad to hear when a historic business like that closes. I’m glad you have found a new place that is good.

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