Caffè Florian

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Words by Simon Difford on 23-May-2014

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Address: 56 Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
Tel: +39 041 520 5641
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Apr-Oct open daily 10am-midnight, Nov-Mar open Thu-Tue 10am-11pm (closed Wed) Mon, Tue, Thur-Sun. Closed 2 weeks in Dec & Jan.
Door: Open door
Style: Cafe bar
Recommended for: Alfresco, Aperitivos, Cocktails, Food, Historic interest, Romantic, View, Wine
Price guide: High-end
Food: Plates & dishes
Established: 1720


This, the most famous café in Venice, is tucked under the arcades of the Procuratie Nuove in San Marco Square (it's half way up on the left as you stand with you back to the Doges Palace).

First opened on 29 December 1720 by Floriano Francesconi under the name Venezia Trionfante (Triumphant Venice), it was soon renamed 'Florian's' by its patrons. Since then it's been frequented by the rich and famous, and also by ordinary Venetian folk who continue to pop in for a quick espresso while stood at the bar.

If you visit Florian's in the summer resist the temptation to sit out on a sunny San Marco and instead head for one of the gloriously decorated little antechambers or even the bar (where the menu is cheaper). Everything on the extensive list tastes as wonderful as it looks. The choice ranges from English afternoon tea with scones through Florian's legendary hot chocolate to superbly made cocktails and an impressive selection of spirits and wines.

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