One of Venice's most famous cafes, Florian maintains rituals (if not prices) established c 1720: white-jacketed waiters serve cappuccino on silver trays, lovers canoodle in plush banquettes and the orchestra strikes up a tango as the sunset illuminates San Marco’s mosaics.

Piazza seating during concerts costs €6 extra, but dreamy-eyed romantics hardly notice.

Among Italy's first bars to welcome women and revolutionaries, Florian maintains its radical-chic reputation with contemporary art installations.