Gay life in the city
There was a time when Venice was actually the gayest city on Earth. It was all about indulgence and pleasure, with artists and royals masking themselves during Carnival. Today you'll hear that there are few or no real gay hangouts in the city, but as one of the world's most visited destinations, you can be sure to find gay-friendly spots in every corner, from a romantic hotel to an historic café. Gay or straight, this magical city is now used to welcome all kinds of visitors, and after a full day of sightseeing, you can relax with a drink at one of the places below.
Head to Centrale for a late dinner at the restaurant and drinks at the chill-out lounge, a stylish place where trendy gay and straight mix on most nights.
Porto de Mar
The only truly gay bar in town is found in Mestre, where both local gay men and visitors from Italy and elsewhere cruise around the place, especially during its special party nights.
(Via Cappuccina 82B)
Located in Mestre, just 10 minutes from central Venice, this sauna offers a Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, tanning, and a bar with internet service.
Stay by the beach at Petit Palais Lido di Venezia, a smart boutique hotel in Lido, or choose Al Ponte Mocenigo, a romantic hotel decorated with a classic Venetian look.
Molino Stucky Hilton also advertises itself as gay-friendly, a more luxurious option offering panoramic city views from its rooftop pool and bar.
For a simpler, gay-owned place, choose Alle Guglie B&B, a budget choice in the Cannaregio district.
Those who look for stylish contemporary design should choose the gay-friendly Charming House DD724.
Romantic gay-friendly choices for couples: Antica Locanda Sturion, Locanda Barbarigo, Casa Verardo, Hotel Al Codega, and Ca' Bonvicini.
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