Friday, November 13, 2015

One more stroll and a coffee before saying goodby to Venice

Our day started very early, having breakfast with our friends. Most of the passengers had left the yacht by the time we disembarked. We placed our luggage in the left luggage and headed towards St. Mark's Square. This time it was much easier as everything had dried up from the day before. We passed all the high-end shops as we neared the square. It was coffee time. Where should we go?

We opted for Caffe Florian, the oldest coffee house in the world, which has been in operation since 1720. The lovely espresso was served in beautiful cups along with a very tasty croissant. We had been in Florians before but it was a treat even if very expensive. As a Donna Leon fan it was a place I wanted to visit since her Inspector Brunetti likes to go there for coffee or meals.

The Caffè was patronised in its early days by notable people including 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.

Unfortunately, it was time for us to retrace our steps to the pier and our left luggage. It was sad to say goodbye to Venice, but what wonderful memories.

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