Venice is recognised as one of the most captivating cities in Europe which is due to its rich cultural heritage, unique location and crowds of tourists from all over the world. Despite its small size, the ‘City of Water’ has plenty of entertainment to offer for a truly unforgettable holiday. Lush green gardens and attraction facilities are perfect for the whole family, while nightlife enthusiasts will be delighted by the diversity of bars, nightclubs, cinemas and theatres.
When it comes to entertainment alternatives in Venice, the main favourite is the theatre with its various programmes and enchanting traditional venues. Institutions like Teatro Italia, Teatro Goldoni and Teatro la Fenice enjoy excellent fame among theatre experts. Another highlight is the famous Las Vegas show presented in the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, which also houses TAO nightclub, one of the most prestigious spots in the city. Those who are fond of gambling have three casinos at their disposal. A large number of bars with live music performances of all types are mainly found in the San Marco and San Polo districts. However, the unrivalled centre of nightlife in Venice is Campo Santa Margherita.
Undoubtedly, the Telecom Italia Future Centre should be paid a visit by people of all ages and preferences. The modern-looking attraction, situated in the medieval cloister of San Salvador, uses an unprecedented combination of technology that offers a delightful experience for all senses ranging from the future and traditions from the past. More than 100 events are held annually, thus making the venue the most visited cultural centre in the city and one of the most beloved spots for family entertainment.
If you are in Venice with children, the water park ‘Aqualandia’ is a must-visit. Occupying a large space just outside the city, this replica of a Caribbean island provides a stunningly wide range of attractions for younger visitors and their parents. It consists of adrenaline-filled activities, sport, relaxation and refreshment areas - plus a children’s pool. Apart from the beaches, swimming pools and water slides, other attractions include live music, Latin American dances, live radio broadcasting and what-not. For the little guests there are qualified animators and swimming teachers available.
The impressive list of local festivals and celebrations will give you the opportunity to feel the spirit of Venice to its full extent. The major event is, as you might expect, the Carnival in the winter, when huge crowds of participants wearing amazingly colourful masks and costumes turn the place into a bustling beehive for a week. Art lovers who happen to be in the city during the summer months should definitely not miss the renowned Venice Film Festival. Other characteristic celebrations include the procession Benedizione del Fuoco just before Easter, Festa di San Marco in April and the dozens of regattas organised along Canal Grande. The Venetian Biennale also deserves attention, being among the most famous art exhibitions on the continent.
And finally, if active sports or cultural events are not your cup of tea, the romantic city invites you to indulge in the diverse world of local cuisine in the numberless restaurants, cafes, pizzerias and wineries that are abundant in the streets and squares. Like everywhere in Italy, Venice offers a wide choice of pasta, pizza and dishes combining meat or fish with immense quantities of vegetables. A variety of local cheeses are also worth trying. Of course, this pleasant experience should be complemented by the great selection of first-class wines coming from Veneto.