For over 140 years the same address has been the location for the
antiquarian bookseller Gonnelli, which has been in the same family
for four generations and has now relocated.
Although nowadays offering something different, the objective was to preserve and maintain the unique atmosphere of a historical place in which to offer a gratifying experience merging food, art and history.
And so the partners, Simone Arnetoli (Galateo Ricevimenti/ToscaNino) and Matteo Perduca (AdAstra and SoprArno Suites), have given the space the utmost respect, deciding to maintain as much as possible the original architectural elements of the bookshelves, gallery and the raised entrance features whilst collaborating with local Florentine artisans.
Not only. Since the space once served as a cultural salon for the famous painters and artists of its time, from Giorgio De Chirico, Primo Conti and Ottone Rosai, many original paintings and works of art belonging to the Libreria Gonnelli still adorn the walls alongside new bespoke commissions by contemporary artists.