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Caffè Florian – Venice, Italy

November 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Caffè Florian - Venice, Italy Caffè Florian - Venice, Italy < Keeping up with our ‘famous cafes of the world’ tour – we stopped off at the Caffè Florian, located on the south side of St. Mark’s Square to have a pre-dinner drink and enjoy some of the atmosphere. Pretty much everyone who is anyone has stopped off at Florian’s from Robert Browning to Goethe to Dickens – well, okay – anyone famous over a hundred years ago – but you get the idea.
Caffè Florian - Venice, Italy Caffè Florian - Venice, Italy
Really, Caffè Florian is about the whole experience – they have a piano/violin/accordion/bass quartet playing in front of the cafe who will come and ask for your request (they do a great rendition of ‘La Donna e Mobile’ which gets all the passerbys singing). They have a prime view of St. Mark’s square. They have great service, waiters in livery, and will generally leave you alone if all you want to do is order one drink and listen to the music, and admire the view.

Inside is completely decorated – glassed-over walls, elegantly painted, with numerous Murano glass light fixtures. Red velvet seat cushions and dark wood and white marble tables. If ‘elegance’ is what you’re looking for, Caffè Florian should be next to the word in the dictionary.
Caffè Florian - Venice, Italy Caffè Florian - Venice, Italy
We had a beer and a San Pellegrino – they brought us a bowl of tasty potato chips to go with our drinks. The total came to €26 – €12 (€6pp) for the music surcharge, €10 for the beer, and €4 for the water. Expensive indeed, but an experience that many would agree was worth it – no complaints here.

Bar Caffè Florian
Piazza San Marco
30124 Venezia (Veneto), Italy
Tel: +39 041 5205641

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