A lot of famous people known for thinking deep thoughts used to drink here, and as a result, Vesuvio is always packed with tourists, and because deep thoughts are an official sponsor of drinking martinis, this is a great place to do both while taking in some history. You can post up at the bar and try to get in a few words about Allen Ginsburg with whoever is sitting next to you, but the best thing to do is grab a table by the second-floor balcony and watch people mill around downstairs in this place that looks like an old wooden ship.
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