Stroll the city at night- it's a must!! If you can't afford to eat at any of the restaurants, just walk around the city and people watch.
One good path: Start at the alley just off of St. Mark's Square next to the cathedral (when you are looking at St. Mark's, it is on your left). Take a right at the next path that seems relatively full of people; keep walking down that path. There will be some restaurants, some bridges (of course!), some gelato stands, some phones (in case you have a calling card) and the most gorgeous backview of the Bridge of Sighs. At night, the Bridge is lit and it seems to come out of nowhere. If you're lucky, a musician will be playing on the bridge you cross, giving you the most perfect Venetian moment you could ever ask for.
Dress Code: Anything you want!
I would most certainly recommend taking in the breath taking scenes of St. Marc's Square and the golden mosaic's surrounding you, as its like nothing you've ever seen.
As the sun started to slowly desend, its rays beamed off the golden buildings lit them up like you'd found a hidden treasure of gold !
Just look at the pictures, they speak for themselves
Dress Code: In January when we went, its HIGHLY advisable to wrap up as it can get very bitter
Def worth the wait watching the sun setting down at St. Marc's Sq. We stood along with everyone else and watched the sun disappear through the misty cold evening of january, could'nt get enough pictures
Venice just has to be the most romantic place on the earth, there is something special about walking through the streets of venice late at night with the moon shimmering on the beautifull canals and a beautifull woman holding your hand, now if thats not romantic i don't know what is.
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.
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