Bar Caffe Rosso in Venice: the story, curiosity, staff, .togallery, contact and more.
Situated in Campo Santa Margherita square, in the heart of Venice Caffe Rosso is an old historic bar of the city
The Caffe Rosso is a historical Venetian bar. Its origin dates from the late nineteenth century and is mentioned in the book Venetian Taverns ( "Osterie Veneziane", Elio Zorzi, Filippi Editore – Venezia) . The History of Caffe Rosso begins parallel and intertwined with the history of the tavern Al Capon, also located in Campo Santa Margherita in front of Caffe Rosso.

Caffe Rosso Venezia - fotografia storica A sailor from Pellestrina , Giuseppe Scarpa known as Capon, after twenty-five years of sailing decide to invest his small money savings with opening a tavern. Thanks to Angello Vianello known as Pastassuta, who devoted himself to the organization of the local port dischargers and their banquets at Capon, the tavern become very successful in a short time and resounded from morning to evening with inflamed political discussions. In 1911 took part in one of these banquets Luigi Luzzatti, the President of the Council of Ministers at the time. Two years later at Al Capon the ”Republic of S. Margherita” will be founded.

It was a group of merry fellows that play in the form of parody, traditions and memories of the old Venetian Republic, in order to pass the time. Also they elected a leader with the title of Doge, then there were also the ambassadors , avogadori , and other characters and even reaching the executioner.

Instead the enemy was concentrated in the Caffe of S. Margerita square (the Caffe Rosso) , and consisted of a group of secessionist from Capon. So S. Margherita square became the scene of bloodless battles between ”caponiani” and ”caffetiani”.

In the recent history Caffe Rosso became an important crossing point for Venetians , artists, students , and tourists. In 2002, Caffe Rosso start to sell merchandising and donate the profits to charity operations.

Currently the coffee machine is the oldest employee of Caffe Rosso.

( Some parts are taken from the book Venetian Taverns (Osterie Veneziane) - for further information see the books)