Bar della Pace was one of those places you agree to meet.
A classic stand by.
Gilded mirrors, marble top tables, and velvet seats.
Bar della Pace was always famous for its outdoor seating.
At a small round table, you could sip a drink beside the ivy-covered facade.
It was almost guaranteed that someone you knew would walk by.
But I always loved the interior.
Bar della Pace (officially “Antico Caffè Della Pace”) has been mired in a legal battle over their right to stay in the location for years.
The bar opened in 1891 and has been operated by the Serafini family for more than 5 decades.
However, the owner of the building, Pontifical Teutonic Institute of Santa Maria dell’Anima, have been trying to evict the historic cafe for years.
35,000 people rallied behind the bar, signing a petition to keep the doors open.
Of course, the bar was touristy. It was steps from Piazza Navona and frequently featured in films.
But I still welcomed the familiar, warm, interior with friendly staff.
Pontifical Teutonic Institute of Santa Maria dell’Anima has finally succeeded and the doors to Bar della Pace were closed for the last time on Thursday.
It is going to be a hotel.
Just what the city needed.