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Caffè Florian

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Because of the prices and the tourist mobs, Venetians tend to avoid caffè in the Piazza San Marco. But when they want to indulge and regain control of their city, they go to Florian. Founded in 1720, it's not only the city's oldest caffè, but with its glittering neo-Baroque decor and attractive 19th-century wall panels (depicting Venetian heroes), it's undisputedly the most beautiful. Florian is steeped in local history: favored by Venetians during the long Austrian occupation, it was the only caffè to serve women during the 18th century (hence why it secured Casanova's patronage), and it was the caffè of choice for artistic notables such as Wagner, Göthe, Goldoni, Lord Byron, Marcel Proust, and Charles Dickens. It was also the birthplace of the international art exhibition, which later blossomed into the Venice Biennale. The coffee, drinks, and snacks are quite good, but you really come here for the atmosphere and to be part of Venetian history. As with other cafés in the Piazza, there's a surcharge for music. Savvy Venetians know the prices are much lower if you have your drinks at the comfortable bar in the back.

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  • Address: Piazza San Marco, San Marco, 56, San Marco, Venice, 30124
  • Phone: 041/5205641
  • Hours: Daily 9 am–midnight
  • Website:
  • Location: San Marco
Updated: 11-14-2013

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    Caffè Florian Review

    A really nice cafe , wonderful location , great music , but be aware very pricey , € 9 for a capuchino .

    by fjmc28, 6/6/12

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