Famous for the beauty of its baroque palaces, the elegance of its canals, its impressive churches, and its fantastic Piazza San Marco, Venice is for everyone the city of love.
The tourist crowd is particularly dense, as the city attracts millions of people each year. As Prague or Rome, we recommend visiting the city off-season, which means in autumn or winter: the more rain and snow, the better 😉. You are not coming to Venice to sunbathe, and being there, you will be surrounded by water anyway.
The City center is compact, and getting around is easy as most of the sights are contained in a small area. You can easily explore walking by your own or with a friendly local Gaybassador to show you around.
Just outside the Basilica, you will find St. Mark’s Square, The Grand Canal or the Rialto Bridge.
The Accademia Galleries or Ca’ Rezzonico are magnificent palaces where you will discover amazing collections of sculptures and paintings: Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Canaletto, and many other Venetians artists.
In Peggy Guggenheim Museum you will admire one of the best contemporary art collections of Italy.
The Punta della Dogana Museum of Contemporary Art, known as Palazzo Grassi, it is another master piece of modern art that you can’t miss.
You can end your day visiting the Prada Museum and its temporary exhibitions.
Venice is, of course, a unique, and expensive place regarding gastronomy
The city is famous for its excellent restaurants, trattorias, cafes and wine bars, entrenched in beautiful settings, with prices that can reach high peaks. Alternatively, you can explore some of the numerous food markets and taste their typical food at a low price.
In the evening, cafes serve food and drinks as appetizers. You must try the Spritz, the most famous local drink.
Gay area of Venice
Huge gay clubs, crazy after-parties, heaps of drag queens striding narrow canals at night, Venice is a prime gay festive destination, and a growing competitor for Ibiza, Berlin or Barcelona …
Well ok, that’s not true 😉
If you want some music, party and sex, you should definitely come here with your boyfriend and your own ipad.
You can find plenty of fun and great places to go out in the nearby city of Padova, which you can get to in just 30 minutes by train.
Day Trip from Venice
A quick ride on a vaporetto will take you to the island of Murano, famous for its glass artwork.
Then you can get to Burano, a fishing village famous for its painted houses.
Padova is a nearby and very gay-friendly city to explore. From there, you can easily visit the sumptuous Palladian Villas.
Finally, Venice is a strategical position to visit Italy, as it is only a few hours trip to other fascinating and gay-friendly Italian cities such as Milan, Florence, Bologna or Naples with speed trains. Or even explore nearby Ljubjana.