As if I ever need an excuse to fuel my addiction for Venice!! I have just discovered this press piece.
Oooooooooooh la la! The Cafe Florian has a room I haven`t sen yet!
Italy's oldest coffee house has opened the doors to one of its most opulent halls once again after restoring it to its former glory.
Caffe Florian first opened on San Marco Square in Venice in 1720 as a place for Venetians to taste hot chocolate, a symbol of wealth, against a backdrop of exquisite murals.
However, after nearly three centuries of being open to the elements, the coffee house closed the doors to one of its rooms, the Hall of the Illustrious Men, for restoration.
The Hall of the Illustrious Men at the Caffe Florian on San Marco Square in Venice, Italy, has reopened after an extensive restoration
The coffee house first opened in 1720 and has welcomed famous visitors including Charles Dickens, Casanova and Lord Byron
The hall is named after influential Venetian figures who are portrayed in the oil paintings.
Caffe Florian also has a number of other magnificent rooms.
The Room of Season or of Mirrors is often called 'The Restaurant' because it served as the coffee house's dining room in the 1930s.
The Oriental Room and the Chinese Room both feature oriental motifs and the Senate Room depicts scenes from the arts and sciences.
The Liberty Room is elegantly decorated with hand-painted mirrors.
Caffe Florian became a popular coffee house in the 1800s where people met to discuss politics and culture.
Over the years it has hosted many famous visitors including Charles Dickens and Lord Byron.
Caffe Florian also became Casanova's hunting ground because it was the only coffee house to admit women at the time.
The Hall of the Illustrious Men is one of a number of rooms at the coffee house that is still open to the public
A portrait of Doge Pietro Orseolo, pictured left, is on display at the Hall of the Illustrious Men at Caffe Florian
Checking the flights as we speak!!
A demain mes belles