I have never felt unsafe wandering around Venice. There is a visible police presence and I don't think anyone messes with them. Consequently it's refreshing to be able to walk around in safety, day or night.
With all the water and the city steeped in romance and history, watching the moon rise is an event unto itself. If you're lucky enough to be there for a full moon, so much the better. And if that full moon happens to be on the longest day of the year and also on your birthday? You're in blissful heaven.
Dress Code: However you like.
Its kind of funny that the choices for nightlife spots that virtualtourist gives you are just a few...and they include harry's bar. Venice gets extremely quiet at night. From what I could tell, the entire city basically shuts down around 7pm. It gets really quiet, and that makes it quite nice. All I did was stroll around on the water and get late night (10 pm at the latest) gelatos with my girl. On crowded days Venice became wonderful again after 6 or 7pm. The crowds disappear and you can wander aimlessly again without constantly running into people.
Venice is not the place to visit for wild nightlife.
This Grand piece of architecture looks so majestic standing proudly over The Grande Canal,but as you get closer you can see the graffitti that covers many of the wooden covers.
Some thoughtless morons can ruin a beautiful icon of a wonderful city,just with 10 minutes of stupidity.
Not a huge amount happens in Venice after dark, its not a party town by any means.
So, the best thing to do is strol, look into the little shops and maybe do some shopping.
There are a lot of cafes still open and the waterfront and San Marco are spectacular at night.
Dress Code: Comfy shoes, Something light and cool.
In Venice, the mood changes dramatically as you transition from day to night. There is almost an air of intrigue as you pick up your walking pace along darkened alleys and make your escape under cover of darkness around corners. Voices come down to hushed whispers as lovers quietly walk hand in hand with each other. People gather around the piazzas, but you find yourself in an eerie solitude as you wander a little ways away from these areas.
You cannot leave Venice without seeing the Piazza San Marco at night or Santa Maria della Salute at the mouth of the Grand Canal. Spectacular!!
Dress Code: The nights can get a bit chilly. A light jacket or shawl is comfortable even in warm days.
While in Venice, I was drawn into the Piazza San Marco scene like any other tourist. It's part of the charm of visiting Italy and doing all the touristy things you will not admit to later when you've become a seasoned traveler (i.e. "I am holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa" snapshot).
Yes, the music is great and the drinks are divine, but the price is sky high as well. If you haven't been in Italy before, you may be unfamiliar with the concept of the coperto (cover charge to sit at a table, yes, just to sit, it's part of the experience so don't complain, just enjoy it), but either way, if you want a quick drink and a bit of a stroll, just go into a bar or cafe and order your drink to go. Yes, it can be done.
If there is one place I would recommend, it would be an incredible night spot I came upon in the vecinity of the Accademmia. It doesn't have a name, at least what I recall of it, but it looks just like any other Venice entry way into a house. Once in, you see a bar, some arcade games, the loo, and a dancefloor. I was quite surprised that there was a discotheque hidden away in the calles by the Accademmia. I was lucky to have a local as my "guide" and we had an absolutely great time.
Another place I simply loved to visit was "Baccaro Jazz Club" (I don't know if I spelled it correctly) for their bruschetta and Bellinis. I loved the music, service, ambiance, and everything this great little joint has to offer. It's really close to the Rialto bridge and really accessible from San Marco as well. I had a jolly good time in this great spot that often times goes unnoticed.
Venice comes alive at night, especially during the summer, buzzing with activity. You'll see buskers, dancers and singers thronging the many piazzas. So get yourself a refreshing gelato from one of the many gelateria and take a stroll among the locals!
I was really pleased these canal photos came out as well as they did,the reflections look like glass.Bet it would make a great jigsaw !!
Suich a beautiful and safe city for just wandering round and clicking away with you camera,take plenty of film and batteries...
This is the Santa Maria Dela Saluta by night, one of Venice's most historic churches. Just like the previous photo this church is just as beautiful to see at night as during the day.