Built on 117 small islands at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea, Venice is unlike any other city in the world. No matter how many times you have seen photos of it, nothing will prepare you for the real thing. You must walk everywhere in Venice and where you can't walk, you go by water. Venice has 150 canals and more than 400 bridges, and its historic center is divided into six quarters. The main thoroughfare is the Grand Canal that intersects each of the six quarters as it twists along the length of Venice. One of the best ways to explore the architectural beauty of the city is by a romantic gondola ride along the Grand Canal allowing you a unique vantage point to admire palaces and buildings along the water. While you can easily spend weeks visiting Venice and the lagoon islands, the city is also a popular weekend destination.

Good to Know

  • No designated gay scene, though many gay-friendly venues
  • ANDDOS cards required for admission to many private clubs, recreation centers, and gay parties, but is often available at the entrance for only 15 euros
  • Popular romance destination
  • Civil unions legal since May 2016

Featured Resorts:

Sina Centurion Palace


Welcome to the Sina Centurion Palace, where nothing is as it seems. On one side the placid waters of the lagoon, and on the other the mysterious alleyways of Venice, leading to two of the city's most stunning modern museums, the Peggy Guggenheim and the new Punta della Dogana.

Baglioni Hotel Luna


A stone's throw from famous Piazza San Marco, in the very heart of Venice, close to the major sites, museums and prestigious stores, the Luna Baglioni enjoys a gorgeous panorama on the lagoon, San Marco and St George's Island. One of the oldest hotels in the city, the Luna Baglioni offers its distinguished guests a magic stay in a timeless aristocratic setting. The sumptuous Marco Polo Ballroom was adorned in the 18 century with lovely frescoes. Antiques and crystal chandelie ...

San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice


The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace is one of the most desired addresses in Venice. It is a legendary retreat that sits on its own private island in the heart of the Venice lagoon, just minutes away from Piazza San Marco by one of the hotels iconic complimentary boats.

Palace Bonvecchiati


A remarkable, elegant contemporary hotel in Venice, dedicated to those who love design hotels, the Palace Bonvecchiati provides design, luxury and modern accommodations in the heart of Venice.

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