Outside carnival time, Venice isn't famed for a hectic nightlife. 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.
Cafes abound in Venice and some host live music performances, with 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 as some venues close down during the colder and quieter months.
Visitors are often better off trying their luck at one of the city's casinos when looking for round-the-clock fun and entertainment, the most acclaimed is Casino Municipale di Venezia where 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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