Fodor's Expert Review Caffè Florian

$$ San Marco Café Fodor's Choice

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.

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Quick Facts

Piazza San Marco 57
Venice, Veneto  30124, Italy


Known For:
  • Prime location on St. Mark's Square
  • Beautiful, historic interior
  • Hot chocolate, coffee, and quick nibbles
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed early Jan.

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