This is so cool. Hubby promises me the next time in Vegas we are making the time for this. Guess what, we did and it was awesome to experience this. What was so neat is that the gentleman who was our host/Gondoler said this was very authentic and cleaner...LOL! He was from New York and came from Italy when he was 13. He had a lovely accent and sang so beautifully. We enjoyed his company. He teased the gals that shared the Gondola with us because they were from England. They live just across the bay to Italy and waited to come visit Vegas to ride a gondola....LOL! It was very relaxing and we had a picture taken by so many people. It was well worth the money. Everyone should at least try it at least once, because we did.
Hours of operation: Sunday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - midnight. Tickets for the indoor gondola ride go on sale at 9 a.m.
Cost: It was about $16 a person, but that is if you share the gondola. If you want the gondola to yourself, you have to pay $64. Please double check the website of call the attraction for current cost.
Reservations: Ticket sales open at 9 a.m. and can be purchased only for the same day.
Located on the 2nd Floor in the canal shops. If you walk thru the Palazzio gambling area (1st Floor) and head up the escalator by the falls, the Gondola Ride is right there.
Streetmosphere has some pretty neat shops, but be prepared because they are pricey. Not exactly, a place I can afford to shop at, but it is still fun to window shop.
Especially the free entertainment of operatic performances in the main square and the living statues. These are some very talented individuals.
Hours vary throughout the day, see box below.
Artiste del Arte
11:30 a.m.and 6 p.m.
St. Mark's Square:
Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
11:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Noon - 8 p.m.
St. Mark's Square:
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
9:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
The Venetian Trio: An Evening of Musical Elegance
St. Mark's Square:
6 p.m. - 10 p.m
What magical world tour could be complete without a stop in Venezia. Everyone wants to go to Italy but who can afford to do that and pay for a gondola ride? Here, you just have to pay for the latter. Forget that the ride is in a man-made, pool-like canal. Hey, it's clear, it's clean and it doesn't smell like it does in the real thing. Plus, all these gondola drivers can really sing. Ok, maybe not like opera singers but admit it, when you envision being in a gondola, don't you imagine the drivers singing? Hell, they threw in the Sistine Chapel ceiling for good measure. That's like getting two Italian cities for the price of one. Whataya mean, the Sistine Chapel's not in Venice? Italian food is the number one restaurant food in America so this place was a no brainer the Vegas brain trust could bank on. Grab a gelato with all the money you saved on the plane fare.
If you come all the way to Las Vegas you have to come to the Venetian. It's gorgeous for one thing, and for another it's the only hotel, or building for that matter, that has an indoor/outdoor canal. You can take a gondola ride in the canal (if you don't mind becoming the center of attention for 100's of people) or you can just watch other people taking thier rides. Either way, you get to enjoy the gondoleer singing love songs in Italian at the top of his/her lungs.
The ceiling inside of the Venetian is painted to mimic the sky with clouds, etc. and every 15 minutes or so the "sky" turns from daytime to nightime just like that! It's cool to see.
The Venetian has a sort of Medieval Renaissance theme to it and throughout the hotel you will find actors dressed in Renaissance garb performing various tricks faithfull to the time period. Though I have to say that the guys in the Venetian carnival masks were sort of creepy looking.
The shopping here in their Grand Canal Shops is also great, even if no one can afford to buy anything. It's great to look. I fell in love with a handbag shaped like an eggplant and covered with jewels--don't ask.
Also, the Venetian is the home of Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum as well as The Guggenheim Las Vegas, though we did not have a chance to visit either.
A 500000 sq ft shopping mall attached to the Venetian Hotel and Casino is patterned after Venice, complete with Grand Canal, Bridge of Sighs, and all the other famous sites. Opened in 1999 and expanded in 2007, it receives over 20 million visitors per year drawn by 65 upscale shops ranging from Mikimoto pearls to Movado. Famous restaurants include Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck outlets and a New York City pan-Asian favorite of ours, Tao.
The main entrance from Las Vegas Boulevard is over a nice replica of the Rialto Bridge. The old world setting is enhanced by winding cobblestoned walkways, the ubiquitous trompel'oeil blue ceilings with clouds, and Venetian style facades. The central square modelled after St. Mark's featuring street performers with musicians, actors, and singers. At the center, living statues attract a lot of interest especially since benches are provided. Also at the center of the square, exorbitantly expensive but absolutely delicious gelatos. Many of the most famous restaurant offerings spill out on to the square as well.
This was one of our favorite malls, a little smaller than most and surprisingly authentic looking, with a somewhat eclectic collection of stores
The highlight of the Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel is the recreation of the Grand Canal, a quarter mile winding waterway between the Italianate architecture and the enclosed stores. For $16 pp, one gets a ride in an authentic looking gondola complete with gondolier in traditional garb, and, at the turnaround, complete with singing. A wedding gondola in white and gold is also available. The waterway passes below walkway level beneath traditional bridges and overlooked by Venetian style architecture and the shoppes as well as the painted sky on the ceiling. The whole trip takes about 14 minutes and is one of the most popular attractions on the strip.
I know it sounds cliched, but I simply couldn't resist taking a gondola ride at the magical Venetian hotel.
There are two options available - the gondola trip in the lake outside the hotel, or another on the second floor. I opted for the first and as I didn't see the second I cannot comment other than to say I know it's slightly more expensive. My choice had nothing to do with cost, but we had a dinner reservation in Bouchon at 8pm and the outside one was beside us.
At 12.50 dollars per person it was delightful and very well worth it. Our gondolier sang two Italian songs to us and we travelled the little lake, under the ornamental bridges, as the sun set over the City.
Photographs in a presentation wallet cost an additional 20 for one or 25 for two. The queues were short and it was a great deal of fun. Thje price I paid was for a shared gondola with two other people, but if you want to be romantic you can of course hire the gondola for two.
The Venetian is another luxurious hotel along Las Vegas Boulevard. Here, you can admire wonderful old world European architecture as colourful gondoliers guide tourists along canals of unnaturally blue water.
You can venture inside to the shopping arcade where the a/c will keep you cool but you will still feel like you're outdoors under the ceilings of painted clouds. Grab a seat in St. Marks square and wait for the next free performance of Italian Opera singers or living statues. It's a great place to relax and cool off when the temperature is soaring outside!
Of all the hotels I visited in Las Vegas The Venetian was the one that impressed me the most. The hotel is amazing! I wish I had stayed here.
When you walk through it , you really feel like being in Venice. The cafes, the ambiance, the sky, everything has an italian feel. They even have the water channels, with gondolas and the gondoliers singing " Oh sole mio".
The Venetian has also some of the best shopping I found in Las Vegas. You can find there Burberry, Banana Republic, Kenneth Cole, Agatha, Dooney and Bourke, Sephora, among many other fine stores.
You will not starve here also. Plenty of restaurants and cafes for good dinning or just sit and have a coffee or cappucino while you watch people walking by.
The Venitian seems to be many people's favorite hotel and casino in Las Vegas, and I can understand why. A lot of effort (and money) was obviously put into the reproduction of all the major landmarks of the famous Italian city. The Venitian resort opened in 1999, and its outdoor attractions feature a replica of St. Mark's Campanile, a replica of the Rialto Bridge, and an artificial "Grand Canal" on which you can ride a gondola - but at $16 per person, we didn't think the 30 min ride was worth it. Instead, we decided to walk along the canal that goes through the hotel's large indoor shopping mall while listening to the singing gondoliers. When we reached the indoor Piazza, we were pleasantly surprised to catch an operetta featuring several fantastic singers.
The newest addition to the resort is the Palazzo Hotel & Casino, which actually is an extension of the Venitian. Both hotels are connected through the Grand Canal Shoppes, and together they total over 7,000 rooms, which makes it the largest resort in Las Vegas. The Venitian's Palazzo officially opened in 2008 and offers visitors a "European luxury experience". There is no denying that the Venitian is an incredibly photogenic hotel and it's worth stopping by during the day and then later at night to get the best shots possible. I can now only hope I get to see the real Venice one of these days!
The Venetian Resort and Casino has managed to take us back to the 16th Century with its architecture and art. The grounds of this resort are modeled after Venice, Italy with the canals, gondolas, and gondeliers. Although I did not stay at the Venetian, but instead had visited Venice, I was quite aware of how authentic the frescos, the strolling performers, and the architecture were.
For instance, my Photo #5 shows the ceiling, a replica of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This exquisite fresco covers the arched ceiling leading from registration to the casino.
There is a terrific shopping area called Grand Canal Shoppes which has a canal winding through it with gondolas, many five-star restaurants, and a version of Madame Tussauds wax museum.
The hotel boasts the Canyon Ranch SpaClub [the largest in Vegas]. Recently, at the Venezia Tower, they have luxury rooms that are 700-square feet with 9.5 foot ceilings and huge bathrooms.
At this resort, there are pools that resemble the fountains of Italian palazzos.
Since I have no real experience of staying here, I checked out customer comments, and they were not really good. They complained of poor service and that the hotel's food had really dropped in excellence. In addition, they hated how huge and non-personal it seemed to be. Hopefully, the staff and owners have also read these complaints and will take them to heart because this is such a gorgeous place, it would be so sad to have it anything but excellent.
The Venetian is amazing, these people have gone to a great effort to reproduce many of the landmarks of Venice in a truely realistic way. Okay you know you're in Las Vegas, but it really is impressive.
While I thought the Bellagio was the most opulent of the hotels in Vegas, I certainly thought the Venetian was the most interesting.
My favourite thing about the Venetian was the ceilings inside make it look like day time and they can bring the lights down to represent evening. The clouds also look like they are moving when you walk down the streets inside - great illusions!
For my $$$ The Venetian is the best of the "themed" hotels. The detail is stunning both inside and out. Please visit the travelogue to see more.
On the right of the photo-collage are the check-in desk with a map of Vemice and a picture of one of the hotel pools.
The Venetian, like The Bellagio, is one of those must-see hotels, just to drink in the beautiful architecture and the overall atmosphere of elegance. On our return visit (2006) we noticed even the air is perfumed as you enter the hotel!
You are taken back in time to the artistic, architectural and commercial centre of the 16th century. They spare no expense with detail, as even the washrooms in the lobby are done up in grand style. The grounds are modelled after, well, as the name says, Venice, complete with canals with gondeliers and their boats. Great concept, but I just don't see the attraction of sitting in a boat while people are staring at you as you go past.
However, it really is something else. It also has a branch of the Guggenheim inside as well.
Enjoy a romantic ride on a Gondola along the Grand Canal, in the style of Venice, Italy, as your gondolier serenades you with a ballad. What a great way to celebrate an anniversary. It's also an ideal occasion for a marriage proposal.
Open daily at 10.00 a.m.