In the heart of Cosenza’s historical center, in Piazza Parrasio overlooking Corso Telesio between the Duomo and Rendano Theatre, you will find the historic Gran Caffé Renzelli. The café was founded in 1801 by Raffaele Ferrari, great-grandfather of its current owner. It was the meeting place for intellectuals, writers, and Cosenza’s elite.
This historic café is deeply rooted in local history. It is said that the “Fratelli Bandiera”, heroes of the Italian Revolution, stopped here for coffee before they were taken to be executed. And in September 1860, Garibaldi’s soldiers damaged the café during a raging celebration.
Gran Caffé Renzelli is still very much appreciated by the people of Cosenza today. The atmosphere is welcoming and the coffee is still one of the best in the city. It is renowned for its array of delicious sweets such as candied oranges and the café’s signature sweet, “Varchiglia alla Monacale”, originally invented by nuns and dating back to the 1300s. This delicious treat can only be found in this café.
Stepping into this café is like taking a step back in time. There is nothing quite like sipping your coffee while the barista tells stories of a time long passed. It is definitely a real treat!