The most pugnacious

Apr 12, 2017 | Record-breakers

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Gran Caffè Gambrinus, Naples: the family struggled for almost 30 years to get back a section which, in 1938, was turned into a bank after a senior Fascist official asked the prefect to close it because the noise downstairs disturbed his wife’s bridge sessions. Alberto Savinio, De Chirico’s brother, wrote in the Omnibus weekly that “the air of Naples is fatal for the best cafés, just as roses are fatal to donkeys”, and the regime ordered the publication to be closed down too. In 2001 the two parts of the Gambrinus were finally joined again, reuniting the splendid rooms that are also a picture gallery with over 40 examples of the finest nineteenth-century painting in Naples.

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