Venice: Tea at Caffe Florian

Caffe Florian, Venice

Caffe Florian Venice Italy

Caffe Florian, Venice Italy

Caffe Florian, Venice, Italy

Caffe Florian, Venice, Italy

Coffee and cake, Caffe Florian, Venice

Caffe Florian, Venice Italy

Caffe Florian, Venice Italy

Caffe Florian, Venice italy

Venice is haunted, there is no question about it. Whether literally, or figuratively, scant imagination is required to envision the spirits of past inhabitants, from Marco Polo to Vivaldi, Canaletto to Turner. Remnants abound of the lives of poets, musicians, lovers, painters and explorers. Indeed, our apartment was across the Grand Canal from Ca’ Rezzonico, where Robert Browning breathed his last.

A most memorable event was celebrating David’s birthday, which fell a few days after we arrived. Rubbing historical elbows with the ghosts of Casanova, Byron, Goethe, Proust and Dickens, we had a luxurious tea at Caffe Florian on the Piazza San Marco. Established in 1720, Caffe Florian was the only coffee house in Venice that allowed women, hence Casanova’s endorsement of the locale.

Tea at Florian is an absolute (and yes, touristy) must-do in Venice. The jaw-dropping decor, the cushy but cramped velvet booths, the delicious but outrageously over-priced menu, the laughably surly waiters – we loved it all! How could you not, in such surroundings?

And then, into the night, to photograph the magic, mystery and even perhaps a few lingering ghosts, of Venezia.

Thank you for joining along! More to come tomorrow.

much love,



  • That interior is so amazing, though I absolutely love the first shot with the weathered facade as a contrast. I can imagine spending time in there (as a lady) and observing the people, sipping coffee and eating little cakes… Have a lovely weekend xo

    November 16, 2012
  • Igolka

    That’s a gourgeous place! And you, of course, made it more marvelous than it indeed was, ‘coz you and your camera see beauty in every nook and piece! Thank you for sharing all of your pictures!!!
    Have a good weekend!

    November 16, 2012
  • Oh my, Georgianna, did I just die and go to heaven?!! What a place!

    That must have been a beautiful evening … sigh!

    November 16, 2012
  • Absolutely amazing. I really want to and tea there too! :)

    November 16, 2012
  • I’m really enjoying your series of posts on Venice – your photography captures it beautifully. Venice is a place we have always wanted to visit, and from your photos alone, I feel I have experienced a little of its magic now, from afar!

    November 16, 2012
  • wow…… gorgeous………I would love to sit there and have a cup of coffe…….thanks for the gorgeous tour…

    November 16, 2012
  • Oh my goodness, what a beautiful place!
    You have captured such wonderful detail in these.
    Truly a photographer’s dream.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    November 16, 2012
  • Lavender Cottage

    It would be hard to stay focused with another person over tea with so much to look at. The little cake looks decadent.

    November 16, 2012
  • I am absolutely loving your series of images from Venice. Just makes me want to go…bucket list for sure!!

    November 16, 2012
  • I simply have to have coffee there when I’ll visit Venice. Georgianna, that sounds like a magical evening! xo

    November 16, 2012
  • Exquisite! =)

    November 16, 2012
  • Valerie

    I would be afraid to enter the place. It looks too ritzy for this girl from the burbs. Really pretty with all the gold though. Valerie

    November 16, 2012
  • Oh my goodness, how spectacular! I imagine that no matter where you look in that city there is so much beauty just waiting to be photographed.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend. xo

    November 16, 2012
  • Eadaoin

    Oh G, this place is just exquisite, I love how ornate everything is from the decor to you cakes! It must have been a real treat for D, I hope he had a wonderful birthday x

    November 18, 2012
  • Jaw dropping is exactly right. What a lovely way to celebrate D’s birthday. Happy, happy late birthday to your sweet husband.

    November 18, 2012
  • Your images are so lush and gorgeous, it makes me want to start saving my pennies right away so I can visit Venice! I was there in the late 1960’s, but I’m sure I would have a new appreciation for it now!

    November 19, 2012
  • This looks like a real indulgement to me. Who cares if it’s touristy?

    November 21, 2012
  • oh this is so beautiful!!!

    & the impressions of Venice in the Images e-book are so exquisite as well!

    lots of the loveliest things

    November 24, 2012

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