Venice Gay Travel Guide & Map 2020

Upcoming Events in Venice

|  2  –  12 September 2020
Venice International Film Festival 2020: 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)
|  2  –  12 September 2020
Queer Lion Award 2020: award for the best LGBTQ-themed film presented during the Venice International Film Festival, granted since 2007 as a collateral prize.

Accommodation Tips

Hotel, gay-friendly. ****, from 100 €
The first Italian branch of the Axel Hotels (Barcelona, Madrid and Berlin).
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

Important note: Due to the Corona epidemic, many places are closed, events have been cancelled and opening hours may change. Please check the websites and Facebook pages of the respective places, organizers etc. for the latest information.

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.

Important note: Due to the Corona epidemic, many places are closed, events have been cancelled and opening hours may change. Please check the websites and Facebook pages of the respective places, organizers etc. for the latest information.

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

Important note: Due to the Corona epidemic, many places are closed, events have been cancelled and opening hours may change. Please check the websites and Facebook pages of the respective places, organizers etc. for the latest information.

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.