Giacosa Roberto Cavalli
Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, one of Florence's most famous sons (in modern times, at least) took it upon himself to revive one of the city's institutions to its former glory. Caffe Giacosa — birthplace of the Negroni cocktail — had been in decline for decades when Cavalli (whose boutique is next door) converted into an upscale chocolate shop and cafe. Featuring hiss signature over-the-top style, the cafe sells exquisite chocolates in animal print boxes displayed under hundreds of fashion photo shoot stills. Visitors can sit outside at an umbrella-covered table with a cappucino and enjoy the chocolates.
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