15 Best Things To Do In Venice, Italy At Night - Updated 2024

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Welcome to the beautiful city of Venice! This ancient city has a long history and features in many creative works of art, because it really has to be seen to be believed. At night-time, the city might be wearing a deserted look. However, there is no shortage of clubs, pubs, bars and other attractions where you can spend the night.

1. Relax watching shows at the Musica a Palazzo

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Venice naturally lends itself to the fine arts. If you want to spend the night enjoying some entertainment, this is the place to be. You can book tickets online as well. The location overshadows the grand canal. The mansion where the opera takes place has very neatly decorated rooms featuring works of art from renowned artists.

Musica a Palazzo

Address: Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto, Fondamenta Duodo o Barbarigo, San Marco 2504, 30124 Venice

Website: Musica a Palazzo

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2. Play games and gamble at the Venice Casino, at the Ca’ Vendramin Calergi

Ca' Vendramin Calergi
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If you are above 18 and are into playing Blackjack, Roulette, and various other games responsibly, this casino is the perfect destination for you. Tournaments and events are regularly held here. You will also find plenty of restaurants. Before visiting, it will be a good idea to check out the website for the upcoming events.

Venice Casino at the Ca’ Vendramin Calergi

Address: Palazzo Vendramin Calergi, Cannaregio 2040, 30121 Venice

Website: Venice Casino at the Ca’ Vendramin Calergi

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3. Join an authentic food and wine experience (105.55 USD)

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One of the best way to truly experience Venice like a local at night is to try some of the best wines and food it has to offer. In this small group tour, you’ll get to taste authentic Venetian food away from the usual tourist crowds. Your local foodie guide will take you to the neighborhood of San Paolo, where you’ll begin an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Some of the food you’ll get to try include Cicchetti or Venetian ‘tapas’, salami, grilled polenta, and risotto. Yum! Now to finish off that delicious meal, your group will also enjoy complimentary drinks such as wine and spritz. In this Venice food and wine tour, you’ll learn more about the local culture through their food while also be able to mingle with other members of your tour group and other locals. Enjoy!

Authentic food & wine experience

Price: 105.55 USD

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4. Find out the story behind one of Venice's most famous bars at Harry's Bar

Harry's bar Canal Grande Venezia
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This bar is not as old as Caffé Florian but has a very interesting history behind how it was founded. A restaurant too is included. The opening hours are 10:30 am to 11 pm. Many distinguished personalities such as Ernest Hemingway and Charlie Chaplin count among the patrons of this bar.

Harry's Bar

Address: Calle Vallaresso, San Marco 1323, 30124 Venice

Website: Harry’s Bar

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5. Party all you want at Molocinque

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Posted by MOLOCINQUE on Friday, 21 July 2017

If late-night partying is your hobby, this is the place to be. Various genres of music and plenty of bars are here to make sure you have an unforgettable experience, enjoying the night. This place used to be a theatre. It is located a little far from the city center, so make sure you have adequate transportation arranged when you leave the place late at night.


Address: Via del l’Elettricità, 8 Marghera, 30175 Venice

Website: Molocinque (in Italian)

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6. Be amazed by the interesting exhibits at Doge's Palace

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Doge’s Palace is no ordinary museum. Not only does it have an awe-inspiring architecture, there are even residential apartments and prison cells inside. If you are visiting the museum on a Friday or Saturday, the admission queue is open till 10 pm, but on other days admission closes at 6 pm. You can book tickets online. Don’t miss the ‘hidden treasures’ itinerary!

Doge's Palace

Address: Piazza San Marco | O, 31024 Venice, Italy

Website: Doge’s Palace

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7. Book an exclusive private tour of St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace (144.85 USD)

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Wouldn’t it be nice to explore a place that piques your interest without the crowd? Your first stop is a guided tour inside the Doge’s Palace where your knowledgeable guide will tell you the story of Venice’s epic rise and fall. Next, you will explore St. Mark’s Basilica and its intricate mosaics.

Tip: bring a flashlight so you can better appreciate the details of one of the most impressive churches in the world. The best thing is: you’ll get to enjoy this whole experience including the usually unseen areas of the church.

Exclusive private tour of St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

Price: 144.85 USD

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8. Listen to jazz at Venice Jazz Club

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Be sure to check the opening days before visiting, as it is not open on all days and also not during some months of the year. Many different genres of jazz such as Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, etc., are played here. While the club does not simultaneously serve food and music, there are many talented musicians who will leave you spellbound with their mastery of music.

Venice Jazz Club

Address: Dorsoduro 3102 | Ponte dei Pugni, S.Margherita, Venice, Italy

Website: Venice Jazz Club

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9. Have some delicious espresso at Cafe Noir

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Cafe Noir is arguably the best café in San Pantalon. Many alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served here. It is not expensive as well. It is frequently visited by locals and you can even have light food items here such as sandwiches. Although the ambience of the bar may not appear to be very sophisticated, it definitely offers excellent value for money.

Cafe Noir

Address: Dorsoduro 3805, Crosera San Pantalon, Venice, Italy

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10. Taste some of the finest cocktails at Time Social Bar

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Time Social Bar serves a variety of cocktails and other items from one season to another. There are light snacks too on offer as well as many alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The bartenders here are very knowledgeable, polite and know exactly how to make the best cocktails that Venice has to offer. The whole place has been set up in such a way that patrons really feel like interacting with each other, hence the name includes the word ‘social’.

Time Social Bar

Address: Rio Tera Farsetti Cannaregio 1414, 30121 Venice, Italy

Facebook: Time Social Bar

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11. Gondola ride with romantic serenade and dinner (97 USD)

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If you are looking for something memorable and romantic, then this is an activity not to be missed! Celebrate the City of Love’s splendour on a 30-minute shared gondola ride with live music and serenades by the gondoliers. The “Venice and its Lagoon” was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 for its charming canals & arching bridges, gondolas, alleyways, and stunning architecture. Navigate through the canals and take a glimpse of the city’s stunning landmarks en route to your chosen restaurant. Look at the Accademia Bridge (Ponte dell'Accademia) which links the San Marco district with the Accademia gallery. Watch St. Mark’s Square from a vantage point as it comes alive at night. Every corner you look has some elements of history. Its romantic ambiance can be hard to resist if you want to do the full nine yards of your proposal. With three restaurants options to choose from, all of them expertly serving Italian cuisine, you are in a treat for a wonderful evening.

Gondola ride with romantic serenade and dinner

Price: 97 USD

Duration: 2 hours

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12. Sunset cruise in a Venetian boat (from USD 98.0)

Another water activity is this wonderful sunset cruise on a Venetian boat. Explore the Venetian Lagoon and learn the secrets and views of the area while you enjoy your complimentary prosecco drinks. Non-alcoholic beverages can be served if required. Depart late afternoon, pass through some natural areas and then sit on the calm waters and watch the sunset in a blaze of color. The tour lasts for two very interesting hours as your guide shares his love of the city and rich history of the area. When you return, the lights of the city start to flicker on, to welcome you as you view St. Marks and the Doges Palace from the water

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Venice Small-Group Sunset Cruise by Traditional Venetian Boat

Duration: 2 hours

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13. Have drinks at the Caffé Florian

Entrata Caffè Florian
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You can relish gourmet as well as heritage drinks at Caffé Florian. Reservations can be made online. They also have a shop from where you can buy souvenirs and merchandise. Events are regularly held here in celebration of the culture of Venice. It is a very old café, having begun operations in 1720.

Caffé Florian

Address: Piazza San Marco, Venice

Website: Caffé Florian

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14. Read books at Libreria Acqua Alta

Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice
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A city of art would be incomplete without something for those who are fond of the written word. This is the place to get lost in the creativity of amazing writers. You will even find a lot of furniture that has been made out of books. There are not only literary works and bestsellers on display but also books about Venice itself which can be very useful for tourists. The place closes at 8 pm though.

Libreria Acqua Alta

Address: Calle Longa Santa Maria Formosa (Campiello Del Tintor) | 5176 - Castello, 30122

Website: Libreria Acqua Alta

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15. Solve an historic murder crime in the City of Masks (from USD 62.0)

Ditch the smartphone and follow a real paper map through the streets of Venice at night. Find the body and follow the clues against the clock to solve the 19th-century crime. It’s a 2.5-hour detective hunt for the killer. The tour is not wheelchair friendly and children under 13 shouldn’t participate. The operator provides snacks and drinks, plus all the props necessary. The whole event is excellently planned for a party of four, with transportation to the activity sites. They also offer hotel pick-up and drop-off. This may be an unusual night activity, but it’s great fun if you’re a bit of a sleuth.

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Venice: 2.5-Hour Murder at the Palace Activity

Spend a delightful evening by the Grand Canal!

Many of the attractions in Venice are set up in the vicinity of the Grand Canal. It can be a very good idea to take a boat ride across the canal and visit different locations. It is a very peaceful experience, especially at night. Make the best of the opportunity and come visit Venice!

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