Bologna Caffe La Linea
About Caffe La Linea
In the heart of medieval Bologna, this cafe bar takes up the north-westerly corner of Palazzo Re Enzo that dates back to 1245. The fortified walls and traces of ancient architecture are still very much in evidence even inside.
Caffe La Linea though, has its own curious story to tell, albeit a little more modern than the Palazzo itself. Some years ago this was a meeting place for coffee traders until La Linea replaced it with a more mixed clientele. Having said that, this bar does have a reputation for attracting a real socialist/communist mix of customers. Past cultural events and people who have spoken here would also attest to this practice. Even today, some of the older customers can still be heard arguing passionately their leftist opinions for this city, which incidentally, does have a certain grain if truth about it anyway.
Presently, La Linea is an alternative hangout destination as just about anyone can be found loitering here enjoying a drink or simply watching the world go by. It’s as much as a drop-in for those passing-by as it is a local social club.
Whether it be sitting under the ancient vault of Palazzo Re Enzo or among the old fashioned interior with a complimentary setting, there is definitely a unique atmosphere to be experienced here. Artistic indulgence is let loose in this place judging by the mesh of modern odds and ends next to contemporary works of art and odd pieces of furniture.
Upstairs is usually set aside for parties and special events. It too, conceals delightful corners and interior designs in keeping with the rest of the unusual décor here. Fortunately, for those whose only desire is to relax, party or even both, Caffe La Linea seems to be one those unlikely places where all options are on the table.