Florian's, st mark's square, venice
“Le Florian est tout a fois une bourse, un foyer de theatre, un cabinet de lecture, un club, un confessional et convient si bien a la multiplicite des affaires du pays que certaines femmes venitiennes ignorent completement le genre d’occupation de leur mari car, s’ils ont un lettre a faire, il vont l’ecrire a ce café.” Balzac
Caffe Florian was opened on December 29th 1720 by Floriano Francesconi under the name Venezia Trionfante, but soon became known as Florian’s. To the present day, Florian’s has continued to serve the finest coffee, tea and cakes, wine and cocktails and is one of the most beautiful interiors in which you can ever hope to sit and enjoy a coffee (so, of course, be prepared: not ideal for budget travel!).
Florian’s was a hunting ground for Casanova – at the time, it was the only café to admit women - and over the years has served the greatest artists of the day, including Byron, Goethe, Madame de Stael, Charles Dickens, Proust, Rousseau, Artur Rubinstein, Stravinsky, Modigliani, and of course, Balzac.