Caffè Florian, Venice, Italy 🇮🇹 .
.« Florian, an essential presence under the Procuratie Nuove in St Mark’s Square, is considered the oldest in , a of the city of . It was opened on 29th December 1720 by Floriano Francesconi as “Alla Trionfante” (Triumphant Venice), although the clientele subsequently rechristened it “Caffè Florian” in honour of its owner.
While the wines and coffees from the Orient, Malaysia, Cyprus and Greece were being served inside, was unfolding outside. Its windows witnessed the and fall of the Serenissima Republic of Venice and the secret conspiracies against French and then Austrian rule; later, its rooms were used to treat the wounded during the 1848 uprising. Right from the beginning, Caffè Florian has had a , including Goldoni, Giuseppe Parini, Silvio Pellico and many others.
Besides being the , Caffè Florian was the only meeting place of the time that admitted women, which explains why chose it as his “hunting ground” in his continuing quest for female company.
The idea of creating an was mooted in the late 1800s by then-mayor Riccardo Selvatico, to pay homage to King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. The first art exhibition, that immediately gained world renown as the Venice , was held in 1895.
In the early 20th century, Caffè Florian introduced the European “café-concert” with a permanent that today still continues to add considerable to the Florian atmosphere.
The Florian is still very much a living part of the life and and the place where the world meet.
From a comfortable seat in the rooms, you can imbibe the Café’s long and lively history. Although still a haven of tradition, the Café is also intensely engaged in today’s world. It hosts high-level , especially in the contemporary-art scene, with encounters and discussions about art and , offering itself as a space to experience and get involved in. »
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