Caffé Florian opened in 1720, and was patronised in its early days by notable people including the playwright Carlo Goldoni, Goethe and Casanova, who was no doubt attracted by the fact that Caffé Florian was the only coffee house that allowed women. Later Lord Byron, Marcel Proust, and Charles Dickens were frequent visitors.
Now it's one of the main attractions on Piazza San Marco and unfortunately the prices are what you'd expect. It is however gorgeous, so still worth a coffee.
Sit inside for the old world charm, or outside to hear the classical music played on the square during the evenings.
Posted by Jack on 02 August, 2014