It is great to be back in Venice after one year. One of my favourite places to sit and listen to classic music was the Florian, the famous coffeehouse on the city’s Piazza San Marco. But I am shocked to see it has been closed for several months due to Covid 19. The simple reason there is no tourists coming. It hosts 50 staff normally serving people non-stop.
I was the first to walk in and it was brilliant. It opens its doors only on weekends, starting today. an espresso will set your back 6.50euro you get a glass of water with that. But what a view.
It is once in a lifetime experience to sit and soak up Venice. It is a wonderful way to take in history of what once was.
Founded In 1720
It was founded in 1720 as “Alla Venezia Trionfante” (Venice the Triumphant), soon became known by its owner’s name, Florian. For decades, it served as Venice’s literary and philosophical hub, drawing any number of well-known eggheads, including Goethe, Charles Dickens and Marcel Proust. The cafe also played a role in several early political controversies.
It is the cafe to be seen and take many Instagram shots as one can.
You can sit inside or outside. Afternoon tea is 35euro a person.
I love the backdrop of the closed Florian the atmosphere here is electric even when closed.
How Many Times Has It Been Closed?
In 1796, for example, Venetian authorities shut it down temporarily. They were worried that pro-revolutionary Jacobins were congregating there, while in 1848. It was the hot spot meeting for Venetian separatists who wanted to see the city-state independent from the Austrian Empire.
One of Florian’s most ornate rooms, the “Senate Hall,” redecorated in 1893, is filled with hidden, politically subversive visual references to Freemasonry.
The current cafe’s sumptuous style including ornately frescoed, gilded and mirrored rooms, like the “Oriental Salon,” and “Chinese Salon”—largely dates back to renovations carried out in the mid-19th century. The newest room, the Art Deco-inspired “Sala Liberty,” was added to the café in 1920.
It has a 300-year history of people flocking to sit in one of the most amazing Piazza San Marco.
Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)
The silent film actor visited the cafe at least a few times over the years.
After a 1931 stop-in, he left behind a doodled self-portrait and a brief review: “Food excellent.”
Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798)
The Venetian nobleman and memoirist, known for the innumerable romantic conquests he recorded in his diary, visited Florian for its fine coffee electric atmosphere, and its clientele.
It was the only café in the city to admit women, and thus prime territory for the Lothario.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
The Victorian novelist heart was London and Venice. In an 1846 travelogue he wrote,
“Pictures from Italy” as a “strange Dream upon the water.”
He loved Florian cafe, but who would not love it?
If you want to showcase your wealth, your street style and live life to the full. Florian is the place to do it. I am turning fifty and this is certainly the place I want to celebrate my fifty years of life. After walking the streets of Venice is my stylish trainers. This is the place to soak up the Italian dolce Vita.