A tiny trattoria in Rome that specialises in tripe and boasts Caravaggio, Goethe and Keith Richards among its past customers has laid claim to being the world’s oldest restaurant and hopes to knock a Spanish rival out of the record books.

Tucked away down a narrow alley in the Italian capital’s historic centre, La Campana has been open continuously since 1518 according to its owner, Paolo Trancassini, who says he has the archive material to prove it. “No hard feelings but we are the oldest in the world and we aim to take the record,” he said.

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