5 Gay Things to Know About Venice 

Venice is the perfect destination for an Italian romance. It’s filled with grand architecture and canals with men taking couples on gondola rides through the city. It’s easy to get lost in the narrow streets when around every corner, there’s yet another photo begging to be taken. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you’ll wander along another alleyway that will capture your heart and have you snapping away yet again.

Venice might not be the most vibrant city for gay nightlife, but it’s a place that oozes both romance and pure beauty. It’s also a very gay friendly destination where travellers will feel at home and have a lot of fun. We recommend visiting in either the spring or fall, when it’s less crowded and you’ll be able to leisurely experience all of the gay activities that Venice has to offer.

5 Gay Things to Know About Venice

5 Gay Things to Know About Venice

1) It’s pretty much a no brainer, we all know that Venice is beautiful and romantic. It’s a choice holiday destination for gay couples wanting to experience some quality 1-1 time with each other. Imagine taking a gondola ride through the canals, looking into your lover’s eyes, and admiring how sweet life is when you’re in Venice. Or sitting outside of a cafe near San Marco Square, sipping wine, and watching the world pass you by. Or ending your night at a restaurant eating a swoon-worthy and authentic Venetian meal.

2) The Venice Carnival is a one of kind of experience for anyone and everyone, but is especially welcoming to the gay community. Venice actually used to be the gayest city on earth, with locals focused solely on the pursuit of indulgence and pleasure, most notably during Carnival. So for just over a week, you can pretend to be a hedonistic Venetian, and don one of their world famous masks and elaborate costumes. We advise booking your accommodation and flights well in advance, as this popular event attracts thousands every year.

3) Another reason to come to Venice is for La Biennale di Venezia, an event that brings artists from around and offers plenty of art exhibitions and other activities to take in like cinema, dance, music, and theater. This is a great way brush up on your culture, and even better, possibly meet a hot new guy.

4) During the summer months, starting on the last Friday of May, is a new party “Summer Lovin’ L’Aperitivo.” The party is open to anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, and helps bring the small local gay community together for appetizers, drinks, and fun. Here, you’ll be able to have a drink, take in those canal views, and be surrounded with like minded people. The party starts at 7:00 p.m. and takes place every two weeks during summer.

5) If you have time, consider taking a day trip to Lido, a nearby island. The island has been a retreat for poets and famous writers for centuries and also provides a much needed break from the crowds of Venice with its serene beaches, open space, fresh air, and relaxing scenery. Best of all, the small island boasts a 12 kilometer long beach that is gay-friendly. Another island worth visiting is Burano, for it’s colorful charm and a chance to glimpse into the more simple life of fishermen in Venice.