During his stay in Venice, Wagner never missed his daily appointment with Carlo Lavena in St. Mark's Square. He was the one who gave luster to the Cafe, attending it since his very first visit to Venice and becoming a habitual customer.
Wagner usually sat in the upper loggia of the Cafe with his wife Cosima, their daughters and his father-in-law Franz Liszt - the great pianist and composer - he would take a tea with pastries or a glass of cognac. The original table and chairs he occupied are still preserved to this day.
Biographers assure that it is among the Caffè Lavena tables that he composed many pages of Parsifal and the duo of Tristano and Isotta, as the plaque recalls inside the cafe.
Many other musicians of those times, recalled by the fame of the German master, met at the tables of the cafe forming a real cultural circle, in fact Lavena gained the reputation as the Musicians' Cafe.
Located in the most sunniest corner of Piazza San Marco, Caffè Lavena has, since 1750, been one of Venice's most renowned coffee shops.
During the long years of activity, Lavena has maintained a flourishing reproduction of pastries and homemade gelato, as well as a wide range of aperitifs and cocktails. That's why Caffè Lavena is definitely the best choice for organizing all types of cocktails and open parties.
Open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Caffè Lavena - Piazza San Marco, 133/134