Venice Nightlife

Venice is not famed for a hectic nightlife (outside of carnival) but persistent party animals will find some excitement if they look in the right places. Piazza San Marco has the most popular social venues, and the tourist information centres have current English-language schedules of special events which are very useful to travellers in search of a good time. The Ospite di Venezia guide is available in the more expensive hotels.

Cafés abound in Venice and some host live music performances; the Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square are good areas to start when looking for sedate evening entertainment. Nightclubs are more limited and generally more plentiful in summer; some venues close down during the colder, quieter months. Visitors are often better off trying their luck at one of the city's casinos when looking for round-the-clock jollity and entertainment: the most acclaimed is Casino Municipale di Venezia (note: a passport and jacket are required for entry). Otherwise, there are regular classical-music concerts, with the Vivaldi Church, San Stefano, Chiesa di Vivaldi and the Scuola di San Giovanni Evangelista being popular venues.

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