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What to do in Venice at night

Beautiful, magical, fascinating and mysterious at the same time: this is how the city of the lagoon appears after sunset.

If Venice is wonderful during the day, at night it is even more enchanting: the canals and streets are empty and the silence dominates the city, you will hear only the sound of your steps.

If you plan to visit the Venetian capital, then save some energy during the day to enjoy the city after sunset!

In this article we have chosen to suggest you what to do in Venice at night, offering you 5 ideas not to be missed!

Visit a bacari

The bacari are typical Venetian taverns offering only few seats and a long bar for a familiar and popular atmosphere.

Here you drop in to sip a glass of wine or a Spritz, or to enjoy the typical Venetian aperitif, while having a chat with friends and the barkeeper.

Usually one glass leads to another, as you know, and this is why it is better to accompany the drinks with the famous cicchetti, small portions of food to be consumed as an aperitif.

Croutons with creamed cod, mozzarella in carrozza, stewed meatballs called folpetti and sardines in saor belong to the most popular cicchetti, eaten by locals and tourists. The bacari are spread around all parts of Venice, but the most typical ones can be found in the sestieri of San Polo and Cannareggio.

If you want to discover them, join one of our food and drink tours through Venice: together with at local guide you will discover the best bacari of Venice and you will try some of the most delicious delicacies of the city.

A romantic walk through the city

Venice is considered by many to be the most romantic city in Italy: the charm of its canals and buildings turn the Venetian capital into the right place for a romantic escape.

And what could be better than an evening stroll, perhaps after having dinner in an excellent restaurant?

At sunset Venicevis transformed: its empty canals are covered with silence. We recommend you to get lost in a walk with no real aim, let your instinct be the one to guide you. Before returning to your hotel, however, pass by San Marco: the most famous square of the city has on a completely different aspect at night. Seeing San Marco empty is something you truly can’t miss!

If you are still not tired of wandering around, you can go towards the Rialto Bridge to watch the Grand Canal calmly slide beneath you.

Take a gondola ride at night

Watching Venice flowing below you from the Rialto Bridge will stimultate to jump on a night gondola ride.

Trust us if we say that this is one of these emotions impossible to forget! The deserted canals, the lights that are reflected in the water, the reflections of the buildings on the lagoon, literally leave you speechless: Venice at night changes its appearance, transforming itself into an even more romantic and mysterious city!

venice gondola night

Attend a play at the theater

Another must-do in Venice at night is a visit to the theater. There are daily plays performed in the Venetian capital and the choice is very wide.

If you like doing things with grand style, we suggest you to book tickets at the Teatro La Fenice, the most famous Venetian theater and one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. La Fenice is part of the history of Venice and despite being destroyed due to fires several times (the last one was in 1996, which was the most tragic one), today it still shines in rare beauty.

The Malibran Theater is also famous for its opera and it is a valid alternative to the more well-known La Fenice Theater.

If the opera is not in your strings, however, consult the program of the Goldoni Theater: you will find plays for all tastes. This is also the oldest theater of Venice, since it was inaugurated in 1622 with the name of Teatro Vendramin.

In case you don’t manage to book a ticket for a theater performance, no worries: Venice is famous for its live music performances in many venues in the city! If you love jazz, for example, go to the Venice Jazz Club.

theater venice

Smash it at the Casino

Last but not least, we recommend you to visit the Casino while discovering Venice at night.

The Casino of Venice was opened in the remote year1638, that’s why it’s know as the most antique gambling structure in Europe.

Nowadays the Casino resides in two locations: one is Ca ‘Vendramin Calergi, overlooking the Grand Canal, the residence of the doges and the last home of the composer Richard Wagner, the other is Ca’ Noghera, a modern structure located near the Marco Polo Airport. Of course we suggest that you visit the central one in the heart of Venice: this is where you really breathe in the magic of Venice and its historic buildings.

Let us give you an advice: try your luck but don’t exagerate!

So, have you chosen what to do in Venice at night? Which of these ideas do you like most?

We will be waiting for you in the Venetian capital for discovering the city together between a spritz and a cicchetto.

If you are looking for something to do during the day take a look at our article.