Venice Travel Guide

Venice Restaurants

Caffè Florian

  • San Marco 56 Map It
  • San Marco
  • Café
  • Fodor's Choice

Known for

  • Prime location on St. Mark's Square
  • Beautiful, historic interior
  • Hot chocolate, coffee, and quick nibbles

Published 06/20/2007

Fodor's Review

Florian is not only Italy's first café (1720), but also one of its most beautiful, with glittering, neo-baroque decor and 19th-century wall panels depicting Venetian heroes. The coffee, drinks, and snacks are good, but most people—including Venetians from time to time—come for the atmosphere and history: this was the only café to serve women during the 18th century (hence Casanova's patronage); it was frequented by artistic notables like Wagner, Goethe, Goldoni, Lord Byron, Marcel Proust, and Charles Dickens; and it was the birthplace of the international art exhibition that became the Venice Biennale. There's a surcharge for music; those in the know opt for the comfortable back bar.

Restaurant Information


Piazza San Marco, San Marco 56, Venice, Veneto, 30124, Italy

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Restaurant Details:

  • Closed early Jan.

Published 06/20/2007


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