Held in August and September as part of the Venice Biennale, the annual Venice Film Festival is the oldest international film festival and has been bringing some of the most innovative independent films to Venice, Italy since 1932. The ... morePalaBiennale
Ca' Giustinian, San Marco 1364/A
Party Earth Review Located near both the University of Venice and Ca’ Foscari University, Campo Santa Margherita has earned a reputation as the primary nightlife area in Venice, and particularly caters to the area’s high-spirited student population. The square’s boisterous activity, helped along by a dozen small bars open every night until ... more
Campo Santa Margherita
Ubiquitous and graphic media images of war, protest, and social upheaval provided the backdrop for artistic breakthroughs of late 1960s, much of which was expressed in abstraction— sometimes emptiness. That era also opened new vistas on social ... morePunta della Dogana
Campo San Samuele, 3231
Party Earth Review The most heavily trafficked tourist area in Venice – and hub of the delightful winter Carnevale scene – the beautiful Piazza San Marco is an historic square featuring everything from high-end boutique shopping and art to upscale restaurants and bars. Although the square is filled with vacationers snapping pictures during ... more
Piazza San Marco
Party Earth Review The only club of its kind in the city, the Venice Jazz Club is an intimate music venue with an artsy, almost underground vibe. The club attracts a savvy clientele of jazz lovers who gather to appreciate classic jazz, bossa nova, and hot improvisations played by some of the area’s finest musicians. The slightly edgy mood ... more
Dorsoduro 3102, Ponte dei Pugni
Party Earth Review Produce and fish market by day and casual meeting place by night, the three squares that make up the Erbaria on the San Polo side of the Rialto Bridge create an informal meeting place for young locals and visitors alike. At the center of the city’s daytime commercial and tourist activity, the bustling Erbaria begins to ... more
Sotoportego de l'Erbaria
Party Earth Review Perched atop an immaculately restored mill that is now home to the Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel, Skyline Bar is a light and airy lounge that serves exquisite fruit and herb cocktails complemented by excellent views of the city. By day, the bar is frequented by a relaxed clientele of mostly hotel guests who stop in for a light ... more
Lounge / Beach Bar / Beach Club
Party Earth Review Arguably the best summer nightspot in Venice, Aurora Beach Club is a lively music club right on the beach in Lido that brings a much-needed club energy to the lagoon during the warmer months. With euphoric music, colorful lights, a dance floor, and a bar serving top-notch summer elixirs, this club under the stars ... more
Lungomare D’Annunzio, 20/x
Party Earth Review Though Venice itself is built right on the water, swimming is not an option in the canals or lagoon. Luckily, a short ferry ride will take sunbathers to Lido, an island that forms part of the city and that offers six miles of sandy beaches on the warm Adriatic Sea. Although most of the beach is privately owned by the island ... more
While an array of events and nightlife options makes the city attractive to a younger party crowd, the daytime pleasures should not be overlooked, and there’s no shortage of things to do in Venice regardless of the time.
The maze of streets and canals are a pleasure to wander, whether it’s merely to enjoy the stunning architecture, ogle the plazas and landmarks, or laze about in a waterfront park.
A gondola ride on the Grand Canal is one of the signature things to do for tourists, but just chilling outdoors at one of the endless cafés and watching the boats go by is sometimes even better.
Venice is also known for its shopping, especially in and around Piazza San Marco where everything from high-end fashion boutiques to small stores selling Venetian glass handicrafts line the picturesque streets.