Caffè Florian is a coffee house situated in the Procuratie Nuove of Piazza San Marco, Venice. It was established in 1720, and as the contender for the title of the oldest coffee house in continuous operation (Antico Caffè Greco in Rome was established in 1760).
Piazza San Marco, Venezia Italy
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Since 1720, Caffè Florian in Venice is the oldest Italian café, located in a privileged position under the arcades of the Procuratie Nuove in Piazza San Marco, a place where you can still feel the Venetian tradition, then as now a meeting point of diverse worlds. From the beginning the Caffè Florian has a distinguished guest. Just to name a few personalities: Goethe, Ugo Foscolo, Charles Dickens, Marcel Proust, Grabriele D’Annunzio and Eleonora Duse, Rousseau, Stravinsky, Modigliani, Antonio Canova, Casanova.
Caffè Florian is the oldest coffee house in continuous operation. Coffee, which the Venetians first recorded in Turkey in 1585, began to be sold commercially in Venice in 1638, and coffee houses soon sprang up around the city.
The Florian opened with two simply furnished rooms on 29 December 1720 as Caffè alla Venezia trionfante (the Café of the Triumphant Venice), but soon became known as Caffè Florian, after its original owner Floriano Francesconi.
The elegant surroundings attracted many of the notables of the day including the playwright Carlo Goldoni, Goethe and Casanova, who was no doubt attracted by the fact that Caffè Florian was the only coffee house that allowed women, and later Lord Byron, Marcel Proust, and Charles Dickens were frequent visitors. It was one of the few places where Gasparo Gozzi’s early newspaper Gazzetta Veneta could be bought, and became a meeting place for people from different social classes. In the mid-18th century the Florian expanded to four rooms.
Valentino Francesconi, the grandson of Floriano Francesconi, took over the business at the beginning of the 19th century, and passed it on to his son Antonio, but by 1858, the establishment had passed into the hands of Vicenzo Porta, Giovanni Pardelli, and Pietro Baccanello, and was in need of some restoration. Lodovico Cadorin was commissioned to carry out restoration work and redecorate the interiors, but there was public outcry over the expense and because he was tampering with a much loved institution. However the work pressed on, and the interiors of the rooms were redecorated in opulent splendour and rebaptised with the names by which they are still known today.
The Sala degli Uomini Illustri (Hall of the Illustrious Men) featured paintings by Giulio Carlini of ten notable Venetians: Goldoni, Marco Polo, Titian, Francesco Morosini, Pietro Orseolo, Andrea Palladio, Benedetto Marcello, Paolo Sarpi, Vettor Pisani and Enrico Dandolo. In the Sala del Senato (Senate Hall) the walls are decorated with panels depicting scenes from the worlds of the arts and sciences by Casa with the theme “Progress and Civilisation instructing the Nations”. The Sala Cinese (Chinese Hall) and Sala Orientale (Oriental Hall) take their inspiration from the Far East with paintings of lovers and scantily clad exotic women painted by Pascuti. The Sala delle Stagioni (Hall of the Seasons) or Sale degli Specchi (Hall of Mirrors) was decorated by Rota with the figures of women representing the four seasons. The Sala Liberty which was added at the beginning of the 20th century is decorated with hand-painted mirrors and sumptuous wooden wainscotting.
Biennale is an international art exhibition at Venice originated in 1895. More than 65 countries participate in the five-month event. It is also a festival for music, film and theatre. Biennale is the most prestigious international showcase for contemporary visual art which takes place every two years. You can enjoy music, architecture, and dance at Biennale. When you come at Biennale, don’t forget to visit our café. Café Florian is the most famous shops in Venice. You can buy our branded products with the best qualities.
There are gourmet coffees, chocolates, teas, dragees, wines, liqueurs, preserves, gift collection, and Italian coffee. From lifestyle, there are perfumes, porcelain products, tableware, and perfume gift set. There are oscar kogoj, gaetano pesce, sergio pausiq, Antonio dei rossi, Massimo nordio from Art and design. We manufacture our all products and sell with our brand name of Caffe Florian. We also sell our branded products in wholesale quantity at reasonable price. You can also enjoy fragrance, chocolate coffee spoon, café mocha, coffee carafe, coaster set, gourmet gifts, jewelry box, Italian neckalace bracelet, Venetian jewelry etc.