Venice: world's oldest coffee house celebrates 300 years

Jan 27, 2020 1242

Venice's Caffè Florian, the world's oldest coffee house, is preparing to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2020. The landmark Venetian bar, nestled amid the arcades of the central Piazza S. Marco, has been serving locals and visitors to the lagoon city for three centuries.

Opened on 29 December 1720, Alla Venezia Trionfante - as it was called originally - was launched by Floriano Francesconi, after whom it was soon renamed. Caffè Florian has been in business ever since.Over the centuries this elegant bar has welcomed countless cultural figures such as Casanova, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin, and Andy Warhol, as well hundreds of international politicians and modern-day celebrities.

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