Venice Gay Travel Guide & Map 2019

Upcoming Events in Venice

|  11 May  –  24 November 2019
Biennale Arte 2019: the 58th International Art Exhibition of Venice, titled ›May You Live In Interesting Times‹ and curated by Ralph Rugoff (London).

Accommodation Tips

Hotel, gay-friendly. ****, from 110 €
The first Italian branch of the Axel Hotels (Barcelona, Madrid and Gran Canaria).
Situated in the Dorsoduro quarter of Venice, in a Venetian style building right next to one of the famous canals, close to the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.
@ Dorsoduro 222
Venice 30123 VE

Gay Clubs and Parties

October-May
LGBT party, once or twice a month.
Usually not in the historic part of Venice, but in one of the newer quarters on the mainland or in surrounding cities such as Padua.

Gay Cruising Clubs

In Italy, a membership card is required for all gay cruise bars and saunas and for some gay parties and clubs. Often that is the ARCO (Anddos) card. If you don't have an ARCO card yet, you can usually acquire it at the entrance of the venues that require the card. (5 € for three months, 17 € for one year.) When you acquire the card you need to show your photo ID, after that you only need the membership card.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 18:00 – 02:30; Friday, Saturday from 18:00; Sunday from 14:30
Big gay cruising club in Mestre, Venice, with lockers, showers, bar and several cabins and play areas.
Admission: 10-15 €
@ Mestre, Via Torino 162
Venice 30172 VE
Train: Venezia Mestre

Gay Saunas

Daily 14:00 – 02:00
The only gay sauna in Venice, located in the Mestre quarter on the mainland.
Admission: 12-18 €
@ Mestre, Via Cappuccina 82/b
Venice 30174 VE
Bus, Tram: Cappuccina Sernaglia

For Italy, see also our gay guides for Rome, Milan and Florence.