The famous Caffè Florian in St. Mark’s Square is the oldest cafe in Italy, known for its 18th century aesthetic.
Indeed, pandemic-related closures and restrictions have hit the cafe hard, with sales declining by 80 percent in 2020.
Marco Paolini, the managing director of the cafe, told, “We do everything possible to keep the business alive. We are working to stay open for as long as we can. The pandemic has affected everyone, but we couldn’t benefit from various benefits.
The cafe originally opened in 1720 and has been a popular gathering place for hundreds of years, including artists and intellectuals like Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, and Friedrich Nietzsche. It has also served as a set for various Hollywood films, including The Talented Mr. Ripley and Summertime