Caffe San Marco, Trieste
Among well-known regulars were intellectuals and writers James Joyce, Italo Svevo, Umberto Saba, Giani Stuparich, and Virgilio Giotti. The cafe was destroyed in the first World War by the Austrian troops, but it re-opened almost immediately afterward.
Entering the Caffe San Marco, one is enveloped in an atmosphere of liberty and Bohemia. The brass lamps hanging from the high ceilings, the Veronese red marble tables, and the mirrors on the walls reflecting original paintings give rise to emotions accompanied by the marvelous aroma of fresh ground coffee.
The interior reflects the Art Nouveau aspects of the Vienna Secession style of buildings so popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As well as original art, the walls have frescoes credited to the famous Secessionist artist Vito Timmel. The cafe was thoroughly restored in 2013 and now has a small bookstore that also functions as a cultural core, hosting book presentations and discussions with writers, actors, and artists.
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