The oldest bookstore in Sicily also serves specialty coffee, sweets, and natural wines

Mar 10, 2024 1181

Literary cafes have existed for a long time, but this well-preserved gem in Catania is much more than a bookstore where you can have an espresso. First and foremost, Legatoria Prampolini was established in 1894, a detail that officially makes it the oldest bookstore in all of Sicily. Since 2019, it has been managed by the sisters Angelica and Maria Carmela Sciacca, and since January 2023, an entire room has been dedicated to a café, offering something truly special.

The sisters have been immersed in books for a long time: their still-active Libreria Vicolo Stretto in Catania is a real gem, a tiny but delightful space where one can get lost among special editions and mountains of volumes. However, Maria Carmela is also a great food enthusiast and has long felt the need to indulge in her second passion. "

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