1. Vincenzo, tell us a little bit about yourself ...
My name is Vincenzo Damiano. I'm 47 years old. My starsign is Sagittarius, I'm a bartender, I do it (my work) with love and hope that everyone who comes here feels at home ... and then if you want to know ... I'm married with two beautiful kids ... Andrea and Maria Claudia.
2. Tell us about your Bar Caffetteria Damiano
This bar was created in 2003. It had already been working so much with the students because in front of the bar was a faculty called Faculty of Education that worked with bargirls aged 17 to 18 years.
3. What did you do (and where) before opening the Bar Caffetteria Damiano?
Before starting the bar I went to school. I studied surveying. I came to
and I loved the
city. And that's when I started working as a bartender. Since then I can not do
without this work; it’s like a drug for me. I can not live without this work. Florence
4. What prompted you to start your own business?
The fact is that I love being with people. I love people; the beautiful ones, ugly ones, fat ones, sad ones, and I try in my small way of being able to put everyone at ease in front of me. After almost 25 years in this field of work, one also becomes a bit of a psychologist.
5. Describe a typical day for you
My typical day ... I get up at 7:30am, I come here to the bar ... it's like playing the fool, I get busy, the game, I am the people, laugh, joke ... and then work at the same time. I especially like when I see people who are a bit sad - I try to cheer them up a bit.
6. What is the best thing about working for yourself?
The fact that no one can say anything ... I do not take orders from anyone, but only for myself. This can be a risk though. In practice if you work for someone else and you lose a customer, you won’t lose your job. Whereas when you work for yourself and lose customers, your business may gradually fail.
7. How has business changed since you started?
This is a good question, this activity is now suffering because of the dramatic falls in circulation in this activity as you feel the crisis in all sectors and throughout the world ... but after 25 years of this work I can still enjoy myself because I sincerely make sure I'm really enjoying this job.
8. What is your favourite thing about
I like the globalism and tourism in
Florence; you can talk with somebody
from Russia one day,
somebody from China another
day, somebody from India, America or another day. England is multiethnic: you
can meet people from all over the world here. Florence
9. What is your least favourite thing about
Hypocrisy. In general I do not like hypocrisy, not only in
but throughout the world. Florence
10. What advice would you give to young people (who are hoping to start their own business)?
To believe with all their strength so it will have a high power. I wanted to have my own business and with many sacrifices I made it. I think that nothing is impossible; you can live your dreams if you work hard, though you may have to sacrifice a lot.
11. If someone is visiting
for a day, what would you recommend
they do / see? Florence
One day in
Florence is not enough; is such a unique city. But at least visit
the Uffizi. Florence