A hymn to Italian stories

Caffe Italia is an impeccably printed art book series that celebrates the soul, flavours and backbone of Italy. Through photography and illustrations, we invite you to explore the lesser known, untold stories of Italy and its diverse inhabitants. The spirit of Italy isn't organized or compartmentalized; everything is interconnected and the number of interweaving narratives is infinite. And so we convey stories in an organic, free-form structure, rather than divide our issues by content or geographical location.

Caffe Italia is an independent publishing project that challenges the status quo of today's editorial world. 'Il numero uno,'  the first in a series of twelve, is designed to inspire those who venture off the beaten path and seek out the genuine; it is for those who appreciate the beauty of simplicity. We have handpicked our features and are proud to deliver them to you in 144 sumptuous pages.

Caffe Italia is the creation of Johanna Ekmark, a Swedish photographer who has lived and worked in Italy throughout her life. After twenty years of photographing for various international publications, she realized that she had witnessed too many unexpected, valuable Italian stories that remained untold.

It’s time to share.

A few words about the name "Caffè Italia":

Apart from describing a well-known hot drink, 'caffè' is the Italian word for 'bar'. Italian caffès have always been places where people meet and stories are shared; places where encounters are possible - and this is what our Caffè Italia is as well.