So yeah… I stumped you! This one was hard since it appears completely out of place. When I first came across this kaffeehaus while lost in Florence’s Boboli Gardens, I found it an imposing eyesore. I love the color and all but just look at it – it looks like an abandoned building somewhere in… Eastern Europe? The Middle East? Shit, I have no idea. Supposedly it’s beautiful inside and covered in 18th century frescos. But who will know?
Kaffeehaus – Boboli Gardens
WHO: Designed by Zanobi Del Rosso, on the orders of Grand duke Pietro Leopoldo II of the Hapsburg-Lorraine family who ruled Florence at the time. The whosie-whats-it? I googled Mr. Zanobi-Wan Kenobi for more information and this is what I have to show for it. ▼▼▼
So…. yeah. This is what happens when you design some weird green coffee house in contrast to, say, St. Peter’s Basilica. Michelangelo on the other hand has 35.2 million+ Google search results. Just sayin’.
Some interesting facts about Grand Duke Leo:
- Twice married – Maria Anna and Maria Antonia Anna (aawkwaaaard)
- Actually, that’s it.
- Well, he did have 16 children so that’s something. Well he didn’t have them himself but that would be something!
WHAT: The Kaffeehaus is a pavilion in the Boboli Gardens where guests of the Grand Duke and his family (presumably with names starting with “Maria” and ending with “Anna”) could stop and have tea, coffee and hot chocolate while doing whatever it is fancy people do in massive gardens. Talk about the rose bushes? Marry off their sons and daughters? Chase white rabbits down holes? Probably not laying the grass to photograph pigeons with broken feet. The big thing about the Kaffeehaus is that it was designed in the Rococo style. Yeah, the what? I’ll give you $5* if you click on that link and read the whole thing. I bet you can’t do it.
*I will not give you $5.
WHERE: Boboli gardens – Florence, Italy. Somewhere over on the left side. Like, if you walk in through Pitti Palace and you’re facing the giant bathtub, go left. Then keep going through some trees. Find the fountain with the boy straddling the eagle and you’re there. #Italyisweird
WHEN: Commissioned in 1776, so around the time America was being born and shotgunning beers became a thing.
WHY: Because peeps need coffee breaks during long walks through the gardens. The gardens are pretty big. Apparently there’s a right side that’s even more awesome than the left side.
FUN FACT: Normally closed to the public (obviously) but sometimes open? Just sometimes, and for varying reasons… so I’m not sure about the schedule. Seriously, Google is failing me on the Kaffeehaus. Or just the Kaffeehaus is failing all around.
FUN FACT: The mint chocolate chip ice cream color of the exterior was the official colour of the Duchy of Lorraine. They had an official color? I wonder what mine would be? I declare the official color of the Smith household to be… Grana Padano off-white. Or Munich Dunkel amber brown. Actually, let’s just go with both, since we usually do.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve sipped some bean juice on your travels? Let me know below!
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