Caffeine is probably more important to the Florentines than Botticelli or Michelangelo. We get a glimpse of the real Florence by exploring its cafe culture. My favourite stop is Caffe Gilli, which has been part of artistic and cultural life since 1733. I adore the vanilla interior, the highly polished brass bar, and assured bar service. This Belle Epoque cafe was very popular with leaders of the Futurist art movement and literary giants such as James Joyce, Frank Kafka and Virginia Woolf. Caffe Paszkowski and Le Giubbe Rosse (The Red Robes) also have their own historical claims to fame. Order, a cappuccino before breakfast, a caffè lungo at anytime of the day but never order a latte as you will receive a glass of milk!