Caffe Florian, Venice

Caffe Florian, Venice

Established in 1720 by Florian Francesconi and lauded by Napoleon as "one of the world's most beautiful drawing rooms", Caffè Florian holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating coffee house in Italy and the second oldest in the world (after Café Procope in Paris). Due to its prestigious position, it is almost a symbol of Venice; the meeting place of artists and poets, writers and politicians, including Wagner, Goethe, and Lord Byron. Casanova, known for his keen interest in pursuing connections with women, particularly favored the establishment, largely due to the fact that it was one of the first in Venice to allow women entry—an opportunity he eagerly embraced in his romantic endeavors.

Here, immersed in a rich local history, one can enjoy an amazing range of cakes and coffees, albeit at a higher price point, served by elegantly attired waiters at small marble tables for two. The experience is undeniably delightful, particularly when the resident musicians serenade the patrons (one of the primary reasons for choosing this café); however, be aware that an additional €6 per person will be added to your bill during musical performances. The ambiance is tranquil and inviting, aside from the occasional visits from birds that may seek some attention. You can even make song requests to the musicians or admire the art exhibitions within the cafe's walls.

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Sight Name: Caffe Florian
Sight Location: Venice, Italy (See walking tours in Venice)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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