I used to think of this café just like one of the many ones which are in the centre of Florence. Then, in high school, I got to study Futurism (an avant-garde artistic movement) and the Literature teacher took my entire class to Caffè Giubbe Rosse, telling us a very interesting anecdote about it.
In 1911, a very important critic from Florence (Ardengo Soffici) dared to criticise the new-born Futurist movement, by writing: “They are just tragic clowns who want to scare an ignorant and quiet audience”. Such an insult couldn’t stay unpunished in the Futurism members’ opinion, so they took a train from Milan to Florence and went straight to Caffè Giubbe Rosse, where the intellectuals of Florence used to gather.
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (Futurism leader) asked who Mr. Soffici was and once he saw him, he slapped him right in the face, starting a very long affray between the two parties, that involved many people and continued the following day as well.
Anyway, in the end, those intellectuals found out that they were moved by a common passion for art and literature and by a similar view about how to develop it, so they became friends.
As you can imagine, the place is pricy, but I recommend to stop there just for a coffee at the bar, which costs around € 1 and enjoy the atmosphere (do not sit, otherwise they will charge you table service which is around € 5!).