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Venice Gay Guide

A guide to help you find the best hotels & places in Venice for Gay travellers


Gay Travel in Venice, Italy

Popular for its stunning Grand Canal, the Saint Mark's Basilica, and its delicious food options, Venice is among the must-visit destinations in Italy for gay couples in love, art aficionados, and food lovers! Venice is a gay-friendly location perfect for singles and couples. The locals in the area are incredibly friendly and helpful when travelling, and the gay locals are open to having fun. The best period to visit is April, May, September, or October, especially early May because the temperature is warm and the crowds are fairly small. Before visiting beautiful Venice you should check out our unique Hotel Collections to choose the hotel that suits you and get inspired.

The Best Hotels for Gay Travellers in Venice

There aren't many gay only hotels but in every corner of Venice you will find romantic gay-friendly hotels. They are across the canals or even close to central districts of San Marco and Cannaregio. Make sure to check out the best gay-friendly ones on our website to stay at the best place for your getaway.

Gay Hotspots in Venice

Venice does not have a lot of gay-specific things to do, but the city is absolutely stunning and there tons of sights to see and activities to partake in with your friends and/or loved ones. St. Mark's Basilica is a famous building in Venice created in 1092 and one of the most important religious buildings in Northern Italy. The church is amazing, from the detail, sculptures, and artwork, to the painted fescos and Byzantine works of art on the ceiling. St. Mark's Square is the most famous piazza in Venice. It's located on the grand canal, opposite to the island of San Giorgeo Maggiore, and is truly spectacular to visit. There are also a ton of ornate buildings and arched walkways that surround the piazza. Canale Grande is the largest canal in Venice, and passes from one side all the way to the other. Over 170 buildings are built on the banks of the canal yet only four bridges cross it, as most individuals travel using it. Ponte di Rialto is a bridge that crosses the Grand Canal, connecting the San Marco and San Polo districts of Venice. The detail and design of the bridge is majestic and symmetric to the grand canal. There are also shops on the bridge that sell souvenirs, jewelry, and other trinkets. Gallerie dell'Accademica is a museum with pre-19th century art from artists like Bellini, Canaletto, and Titian. The gallery is filled with Renaissance art and iconic masterpieces, including the Vitruvian Man by Da Vinci. Venice Lido is a relaxing island that is away from the crowds and tourists. The island is filled with beach and between Venice and the Adriatic Sea. Doges Palace is one of the most renowned buildings in Venice that also sits in St. Mark's Square, except it faces the grand canal. The ornate details on the architectural work is beautifully stunning, with arched design made of white stone with diamond patterns. Bridge of Sighs is a small bridge but important historic landmark, connecting the Prigioni Nuove to Doge's Palace. San Marco Campanile is the tallest structure in Venice at 98.6m high. The building was a fallen watch tower, but was reconstructed and is now a tourist spot for panoramic views of Venice. San Giorgio Maggiore is a smaller separate island not connected to Venice. It's nice to just walk through the harbour to see the small boats, or visit the fantastic church and monastery, or climb the campanile for beautiful views. Murano is another island in Venice made up of several small island connected by canals and bridges. The island has a cute charm and stunning sights including the Basilica dei Santa Maria, the Campo Santo Stefano, and the Palazzo Da Mula. Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta is a church with stone columns, ornate sculptured statues, and intricate detail. The artwork, frescos, and gold detail on the ceiling of the church are simply beautiful. Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is another renowned church in Venice on the opposite side of the canal from St. Marks. The church has a Baroque design and was decorated with four statues of the apostles with the main dome towering above the skyline. Torcello Island is a peaceful getaway from the main areas of Venice, and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta is fantastic there.

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Gay Tips

Venice, a city of 1187 small islands linked by more than 400 footbridges, is a gay-friendly destination and gay travelers need not worry when traveling here.

The exclusively gay bars and venues in Venice are limited, however, most of the bars, clubs, restaurants, and hotels are gay-friendly.

If you are looking for gay nightlife, you may head to the nearby cities Padua or Padova, known for featuring gay bars, cruising clubs, and saunas.

Travel Info

How to get there

  • By ferry
  • By boat
  • By car
  • By air

Move around

  • Buses
  • Taxi

Ideal for

  • Sightseeing
  • Luxury holidays
  • Festivals
  • Fine-dining
  • Art & culture
  • Couples holidays
  • Honeymoon & wedding
  • Performances & theaters
  • Wine tasting
  • Local gastronomy
  • Weekends
  • Shopping

Destination Type

  • City

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Our Travel by Interest Experts have created this dedicated gay travel guide, to help you easily plan your next gay holidays and discover all the places you want to see and all the things you want to do. You can find here the top gay bars, gay events, and other gay hots-pots, as well as gay-friendly Hotels to stay!

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