The Italian Experience With A Twist In The Paradise Desert Of Las Vegas - Updated 2024

The Italian Experience With A Twist In The Paradise Desert Of Las Vegas - Updated 2024
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Las Vegas can be hailed as a mini Italy – there are so many themed resorts, most of them located in the Middle Strip of town. They are opulent constructions, and are always trying to compete and outshine each other. It’s definitely a sight to see! If you’re on a budget, read on for a taste of what ‘Italy’ may offer, with a distinct show-glitzy American twist.

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Take a Gondola Ride outside of Venice (from USD 228)

The Venetian Hotel

Italian culture and architecture remain as one of the most well-known themes amongst resorts in the Strip. The Venetian, and its sister property The Palazzo, are one of the most grand, offering suites instead of rooms. Don’t fret if you can’t afford the price tag attached to these rooms, as you can go to the Grand Canal Shoppes and enjoy their shopping options, and even ride on a gondola. The gondoliers even serenade you as you ride along the man-made canals of The Venetian, a kitschy, but fun recreation of the Venice experience without the same price tag as flying to Venice. As you walk around indoors, take a look at the ceiling – it seems as if the clouds are moving as you walk along, but be careful of other people milling around, as it does get crowded. The Venetian also hosts shows within its vast compound: from Human Nature: The Motown Show, to the Rock of Ages musical, it’s a mix of Italy and America in one location. Your dinner options can also be catered for by one of their many restaurants with celebrity chefs, like Wolfgang Puck’s CUT. On the other end of the spectrum, if you want to party (it is Vegas after all) – head on over to the hottest nightclub in town, Tao.

The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas

Wifi Available

Address: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
678 meters (0.5 ft) from Caesars Palace

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

Hail Caesar! (from USD 157)

The famous escalator up the Forum Shoppes

Caesar’s Palace is also Italian-themed, with fountains and gardens dotting its massive compound. The resort probably takes up three city blocks! The Forum Shops are probably one reason why you should make Caesar’s Palace a stop on your itinerary. From their curved elevator, which of course you must ride in, to the huge marble statues dotting the grounds, and of course, the various luxury shopping experiences. You’ll probably get lost just trying to find your way through the maze they call shops! Outside is a big fountain which will remind you of the Trevi Fountain in Rome: only scaled down, of course.

Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino

Wifi Available

Address: 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
191 meters (0.2 ft) from Caesars Palace

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna

Il Bellagio (from USD 719)

The Bellagio Hotel & Fountains

Taking inspiration from Lake Como, this hotel is known for the dancing fountains that entertain bystanders every 30 minutes in the late afternoon (4pm until 8pm), and 15 minutes in the evening (8pm until midnight). The fountains dance and sway to the music that’s playing at the time, and every performance is different. So if you happened to walk by at 7pm en route to a show, and come back at 10pm, another surprise will await you. The best view point for the dancing fountains is on top of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. Inside the Bellagio, there is also a small art museum that you can visit, as well as a lovely conservatory and botanical garden (free of charge to visit).


Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille Visual Aid: Tactile

Address: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
588 meters (0.4 ft) from Caesars Palace

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna

In love with Italia

Who would have thought that the US can have its cultural Italian gems in the heart of an entertainment center in the desert of Nevada? You don’t need to go through the hassle of flying, or taking ground transportation from one place to another to see glimpses of these Italian cities. They’re all within walking distance, or a few blocks away in Vegas! Enjoy Italia, and bring back some souvenirs from your lovely trip!

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Ruby is an avid traveler and adventurer, having lived in three different countries in three different continents. In her spare time, she explores near and far destinations, or reading about far...Read more

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