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Cafes in Venice
"Cafes in Venice"|
Some of the most popular pubs, bars and discos in Venice and Mestre to get the best of Venetian nightlife: concerts and shows, events and parties!
In this section you'll find all you need to choose a pub in Venice: concerts, kind of beers, maps to arrive, opening hours...Just click on the logos' pubs to enter and enjoy them!
Caffè Florian (Piazza San Marco - Venice, Italy)|
phone: +39 041 5205641
Closed on: Tuesdays.
Set under the arcades of the Procuratie Nuove in St. Mark’s Square, Venice, the Caffè Florian may rightfully
claim to be one of the city’s symbols. Opened on 29 December 1720 by Floriano Francesconi under the name Venezia
Trionfante, or Triumphant Venice, it soon became known by its patrons as "Florian’s", the most famous "botega da
caffè" (coffee shop) of the day. And while the finest coffee and wine from the Orient, Malvasia, Cyprus and Greece
along with rosolios were served, history unfolded outside the café’s stained-glass windows: the magnificent
flowering of the Serenissima republic of Venice and than its fall, the surreptitious plotting of conspirators
wishing to end the French and later Austrian rule, whereas the wounded from the 1848 uprising were treated inside
Music: Florian’s is the home of good music. With its fine repertory and excellent performers, the orchestra is
considered one of the best of its kind. Since 1993, as part of its summer music program, Florian’s has welcomed,
for a number of special café-concert evenings, the Strauss Café Concert orchestral group from Cesena.
In 1999 it was produced the first CD "Concerto al Caffè".
Press, Publishing, Television and Films: The Caffè Florian is mentioned several times every year in the press
around the world and in various Italian and international publications (related to culture, art trends, gastronomy and
life-styles). Florian’s rooms and ambience are used as sets or a backdrop for fashion photographs, television commercials,
television reports and films. Requests are made by film producers from around the world to use the Caffé’s rooms as sets
for their films. The Caffé has appeared several times on television and in films around the world: travel stories,
documentaries about the Caffé culture or musical traditions (for example "The finest drawing room in Europe", Hessischer
Rundfunk, Germany in 1992), about Venice and the Venetian life
Gran Caffè Lavena (Piazza S.Marco 133-134)|
Cafè Lavena, the well known coffee shop from the 1750s located on Piazza San Marco, can be defined for all intense and
purposes as a "museum of hospitality". Situated under the Procuratie Vecchie, in front of the Basilica and adjacent to
the Clock Tower, this famous Cafè offers with its charming décor and souvenirs the chance to relive the rich history and
popular traditions of Venice. The cultural life of this Cafè was very influential and determining in the contemporary
historic events of the 18th and 19th centuries. Amongst its tables sat such famous patrons as Richard Wagner, Prince
Frederick Hohenlohe, Gabriele D'Annunzio, devoted Venetian regulars, and the "foresti". These clients were always
attracted not only for the optimum quality of service and famous traditional pastries, but also for the gracious
management familiar for over 140 years that accompanies this locale. Under the golden mosaics of the Basilica, in
the sunniest corner of the Piazza, the clients of the Grand Cafè Lavena are offered unforgettable hours; taking
pleasure in the music of their fine orchestra, enjoying upon request cocktails, receptions, and open parties.
Gran Caffè Ristorante Quadri (Piazza S.Marco)|
The history of the Gran Caffè Quadri is inextricably linked to the introduction of coffee to the city and, like all
institutions worthy of the name, to the essence and very spirit of Venice.
Venice owes its fortune to its historical role linking East and West. Thanks to its trade activities in the 17th century,
it was the first European city to import Turkish coffee (the Italian caffè is derived from the Turkish kahvé - coffee beans).
A very expensive item, coffee was initially only used as a medicament but then the boiling black beverage began to be
savoured for its characteristic properties. For Venice the 18th century was a time of splendour and decadence.
Indeed right at the height of its prosperity, the city began to decline because of its exclusion from the trade
routes towards the New World.