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  • Writer's pictureRobin Yong

Caffè Florian 弗洛里安咖啡館

Updated: Jan 14

I suppose all of us like to go to cafes...I do very much as well and my favourite so far is the Caffè Florian...the world's oldest cafe...It all started in Venice in the 1700s...

The Florian opened with two simply furnished rooms on 29 December 1720 as "Alla Venezia Trionfante" (Venice the Triumphant), but soon became known as Caffè Florian, after its original owner Floriano Francesconi. The Caffè 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 Caffè Florian was the only coffee house that allowed women. 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 in the mid-18th century, and became a meeting place for people from different social classes. In 1750 the Florian expanded to four rooms.

Today, the place truly becomes alive during the Venice Carnevale, this is location where many of my friends like to party...It is not the easiest place to do photographs here during this time of the year because the place is extremely busy...and of course, the place is extremely crowded outside with people looking into the window. They like to look at our parties, to see our fantasy lifestyle where we live in our own fantasy world, except for us everything is real...

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