From Beans to Bliss: Exploring Italy’s Charming and Hidden Coffee Villages

By | Travel & Wine Writer, Co-Founder
Last Updated: May 30, 2024
Visiting Italy's Charming Coffee Villages

Are you a coffee lover who enjoys expanding your horizons? Coffee, much like wine, is a nuanced beverage that fuels many of us #Winetravelers with the energy needed to explore wine regions enthusiastically. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway with a touch of caffeine, consider visiting some of Italy’s hidden coffee villages. These are small towns and villages in Northern Italy that have a rich tradition of roasting and brewing coffee, often using local beans and methods. Here are some of the best places to enjoy a cup of coffee and unwind in Italy.

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Trieste

Trieste Italy coffee town
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This coastal city is known as the country’s forgotten city but also as one of its largest producers of coffee. Here, you will find coffee shops and houses everywhere and enjoy the aroma of freshly roasted beans. Trieste is also home to the historic Caffè San Marco, where writers and intellectuals once gathered to enjoy a hot cup of coffee as they discussed their ideas and works. The café has been a meeting point for artists, poets, and thinkers for over a century, and is still open today for all to visit and experience.

Entering Caffè San Marco, which opened its doors in 1914, is like traveling back in time. The interior has elaborate detailing and opulent furnishings, and it is exquisitely furnished in the Art Nouveau style. As you step through the doors, you’re greeted with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. In the same way as the great authors and intellectuals of the past, you can unwind while sipping on an espresso or cappuccino.

In addition to being a café, Caffè San Marco is a cultural institution that has contributed significantly to Trieste’s past. So be sure to stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee in this historic and inspirational space the next time you are in town.

Camogli

Camogli town in Italy seafront view
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This town is an ideal destination for both single visitors and families due to its distinctive blend of old-world beauty and contemporary facilities. Camogli is famous for its fish festival, held every May. Locals and visitors alike gather to celebrate the town’s strong fishing tradition with fresh seafood dishes and music that lasts well into the evening. But that’s not all Camogli offers. 

The town is also renowned for its coffee culture, with numerous cafes and coffee shops dotted along the seafront. While you’re here, try the local specialty, caffè del pescatore, a strong coffee with rum and lemon peel. It’s a perfect pick-me-up after a day at the beach or exploring the town’s winding alleyways.

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Locorotondo

Locorotondo Italy
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Locorotondo is a picturesque gem in Puglia that will leave you spellbound with its beauty. The village is a perfect example of Italian charm, with its whitewashed walls and colorful flowers in pots adorning the streets. Walking through the narrow alleys will make you feel like you’re in a fairytale. To truly experience the local culture, visit one of the many festivals hosted throughout the year. The locals are friendly and welcoming, and you’ll feel at home in this quaint village.

When it comes to drinks, Locorotondo has something for everyone. Known for its wine production, the village offers many delicious varieties for you to try and take back home as a souvenir. But if wine is not your thing or it’s still too early in the day, don’t worry; the coffee scene in Locorotondo is just as impressive.

Be sure to try the caffè speciale, a shot of espresso with whipped cream and liqueur, or the caffè leccese, a cold coffee with almond milk. The coffee here is so good, you’ll be tempted to spend your whole day sipping while chatting with the friendly locals.

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Castelmezzano

Castelmezzano Italy
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Castelmezzano is a true gem hidden in the heart of Basilicata. The stunning location of the village will leave you breathless as you gaze upon the valley below. It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in nature. You’ll love exploring the winding streets and alleys filled with historic buildings and ancient architecture. 

But Castelmezzano isn’t just for history buffs and nature lovers. It’s also a great place to indulge in some coffee culture. The local roastery, Caffè Lucano, offers freshly roasted organic blends that will tantalize your taste buds. And if you’re feeling adventurous, don’t miss the opportunity to take a ride on the Flight of the Angel, a thrilling zip wire that connects Castelmezzano with Pietrapertosa. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, Castelmezzano is the perfect destination for your next Italian adventure.

Italy offers a plethora of hidden coffee villages waiting to be discovered and explored. From the bustling streets of Naples to the serene countryside of Tuscany, each region has its unique coffee culture and tradition. Whether you are a coffee aficionado or simply looking to relax and enjoy a cup of joe, these hidden gems in Italy are perfect. So why not pack your bags and embark on a roasting and relaxing adventure in Italy? You may discover your new favorite coffee spot!


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