Caffe' Florian, Venice
Florians in Piazza San Marco is probably the oldest cafe/bar in Western Europe. Patronised by the likes of Lord Byron and later Ernest Hemmingway, Florians has that old world feel about it. When the weather's right, its just great to sit on the Piazza with a copy of a local newspaper
and listen to the orchestra. Coffee and cornetti dont come cheap here, but the cost is made up for by the atmosphere.
In the Procuratie Vecchie and the Procuratie Nuove you can see very famous and expensive coffee houses: Gran Caffe' Quadri, Caffe' Florian, which opened its doors 29th December 1720, and Caffe' Lavena, in the same premises since the mid-18th century; it was Richard Wagner's favorite. Pay attention: to take a coffee in these coffee shop is very very expensive (from 5 Euro)!!!!
A must visit place! A must drink coffee place! Cafe Florian has been there since 1720. It is worth seen for its history, its decor, its white jacketed polite waiters, its classical orchestra playing on the square. A journey back in time.
And what's more it makes the best cafe latte I have ever tasted.
You will find yourself in St Mark's Square again and again when you come to Venice. I had read time and again that it was too busy and touristy, but I loved it. I especially liked wandering around the Square, listening to the different orchestras as this really gave the Square a special feeling. I liked it best in the early evening, when the basilica was lit up and people, perhaps feeling a little less self-conscious than in the daytime, danced along to the music. I didn't have a coffee at the Florian, but there's aways next time, isn't there!
Venice is famous for its coffee houses. The oldest coffee house of Italy is the Caffe Florian which was opened in December 1720. Inside a coffee can be enjoyed while sitting on historic red sofas. In summer every now and then a cafe orchestra performs at the stage in front of the cafe.
What to say? It's one of the most known squares of the world. The church, the Palazzo Ducale, the bell-tower, the pigeons, the Florian bar, the great square, gondolas, the romantic view... it's all here! I love this place, at the same time it is sad and cheerful... sometimes, expecially in october, high water is the joy for the tourists (less for venetian people, I assure! eheh)... A tourist in Venice can't miss it, it's the really heart of the city!
In the very center of the city, under the colonnade of Piazza San Marco there is the famous Caffè Florian. Ancient and elegant society meeting-place onces visited by Casanova himself, today is target of the most beautiful masks sitting like in a shop-window.
Piazza San Marco is said to be "the finest drawing room in Europe". It has a constant carnival atmosphere, thanks to the cacophony of the ceaseless parade, the duelling cafe orchestras of Florian and Quadri, and the hourly clanking of the bronze Mori as they strike the bell of the 15th-century Torre dell'Orologio. It's one of the lowest parts of the city and so is always the first to be covered in water when the "aqua alta" arrives - a magical sight on a moonlit night!
Try sitting at the Caffe Florian , one of the oldest coffee parlours in the city . Once you are done with your coffee walk to the middle of Piazza San Marco for a picture of this unique scene . The piazza universally known as the most beautiful salon of the world .