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Gran Caffè Lavena
since 1750

Carlo Lavena

Although Carlo Lavena, proprietor of the Café from 1860 reached a considerable social position and was a friend of personalities such as Richard Wagner, daily patron of the Lavena from 1879 to 1883, he had no qualms about getting his hands into the dough to teach his workers the secrets of his renowned pastry.

The Cafè of Wagner, Musicians and Writers

Richard Wagner, one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time, gave lustre to Caffé Lavena, frequenting the place from the time of his first visit to Venice and becoming a habitué.

Almost every day, Wagner was accompanied by Luigi, his gondolier, to St. Mark’s Square. He stayed at the café from 5 to 6 in the afternoon, often chatting with Carlo Lavena.

The history and the architecture

Situated on the sunniest corner of Piazza San Marco, at the foot of the Clock Tower, in front of the Basilica, the Caffé Lavena has been one of Venice’s most renowned coffee boutiques since 1750.


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