When it comes to wielding a pair of scissors—as tailors or barbers—Italians rank among the world's finest. And there's no more elegant setting for a haircut than Genoa's Barbieria Giacalone, a tiny, three-chair gem squeezed into the city's oldest quarter near St. Lorenzo cathedral. Its eponymous founder, Archimede Giacalone, established his 10-sq-m premises in 1882 to serve sailors traveling through the city's busy port.
The key to the shop's longevity—apart from its quality trims—was the decision by Giacalone's son, Italo, in 1922 to refit his dad's shop in glorious Art Deco stained glass, glittering mirrorwork and traditional white tiles....
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