This is La Citè, a libraria-cafe located on the south side of the Arno in the San Frediano neighborhood. This bar is unlike most in Italy in that you’re expected to sit down and stay a while, to relax and meet a few people at one of the community tables, to take advantage of the borrowable media laying on the shelves that line the room, and to rest and enjoy whatever you’re having to drink.
I’ve been finding myself here whenever I have a few hours where I don’t have to be anywhere else. There’s generally some kind of gypsy guitar music playing. Most evenings there’s some kind of cultural event, either an author reading from their most recently published work, or a small band performing, or their weekly tango night, or one of the baristas’ piano-playing friends who’s spontaneously invited to sit down and share a few standards.
It’s pretty fantastic, guys, and pretty much exactly what I needed.
To be continued.