Venice Gay Travel Guide & Map 2020

Upcoming Events in Venice

|  1 – 11 September 2021
Venice International Film Festival 2021: the oldest film festival in the world. The prestigious main award is the Golden Lion for the best film screened in the competition of the festival.
@ Palazzo del Cinema (Lido di Venezia, Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi)
|  1 – 11 September 2021
Queer Lion Award 2021: award for the best LGBTQ-themed film presented during the Venice International Film Festival, granted since 2007 as a collateral prize.
|  23 April – 27 November 2022
Biennale Arte 2022: the 59th International Art Exhibition of Venice, curated by Cecilia Alemani.

Gay Clubs and Parties in Venice

Important note: Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, many places are closed or opening hours may have changed. Please check the websites and Facebook pages of the respective venues for the latest information.

Update 26 October 2020: All bars and restaurants in Venice have to close at 18:00 at the latest (until at least 24 November).

Update 5 November 2020: From today, Italy has a nationwide night curfew from 22:00 to 05:00.

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 Venice

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.

Important note: Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, many places are closed or opening hours may have changed. Please check the websites and Facebook pages of the respective venues for the latest information.

Update 26 October 2020: All bars and restaurants in Venice have to close at 18:00 at the latest (until at least 24 November).

Update 5 November 2020: From today, Italy has a nationwide night curfew from 22:00 to 05:00.

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 in Venice

Important note: Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, many places are closed or opening hours may have changed. Please check the websites and Facebook pages of the respective venues for the latest information.

Update 26 October 2020: All bars and restaurants in Venice have to close at 18:00 at the latest (until at least 24 November).

Update 5 November 2020: From today, Italy has a nationwide night curfew from 22:00 to 05:00.

26 October – 24 November 2020 closed
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.