“Caffè Costa” opened in this historical context; it was the first with a Parisian style. It was a building owned by the municipality and it was located between two squares, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, in a street called Costa. It was confiscated with other cafes by the French troops. The building is located under an arch from which a rib of enormous size, most likely belonged to a whale, is hanging. Someone says it is a rib of a dinosaur or a mysterious monster. The name of the street and, of course, the name of the Cafe are inspired by the word rib that in italian is translated as “costola”.
According to the legend, the protagonists of the famous Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, had their first kiss right under this arch, in this suggestive corner of Verona.