CAFFÉ FLO­RIAN

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The tran­quil ter­race of Caffè Flo­rian in Venice in­vites passers-by to stop and ad­mire the splen­dor of San Marco Pi­azza, the point of ar­rival for any walk­ing tour of Venice. This his­toric caffè, dat­ing back to 1720, is to be found un­der the cov­ered walk­way of the Nuove Procu­ratie build­ing. It takes one back in time bring­ing to life the city’s his­tory and the spe­cial at­mos­phere of a place where schol­ars, politi­cians and in­tel­lec­tu­als used to meet, such as Goldoni, Giuseppe Parini, Sil­vio Pel­lico and many oth­ers. Its finely dec­o­rated rooms still pre­serve mem­o­ries of by­gone times, ac­com­pa­nied nowa­days by im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice in an ex­clu­sive set­ting. Apart from be­ing so fa­mous as a cof­fee house, Caffè Flo­rian was also, at that time, the only ‘bar’ that al­lowed en­try to women and con­se­quently was cho­sen as a ‘hunt­ing ground’ by Casanova who was al­ways seek­ing fe­male com­pany. Ev­ery room is the prod­uct of a restora­tion, com­pleted in 2012 af­ter many years of work, which has re­turned the old splen­dor to its am­bi­ence of the past. To­day, the Flo­rian is still the place where Venice meets the world. Al­though re­main­ing linked to tra­di­tion, this venue puts it­self firmly in the present-day by or­ga­niz­ing cul­tural events, es­pe­cially in the sphere of con­tem­po­rary art, aim­ing to pro­mote dis­cus­sion and de­bate about art and cul­ture by of­fer­ing it­self as a live space for par­tic­i­pa­tion and in­volve­ment.

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