Venice, the great floating city, is also known in Italy as La Serenissima - the
most serene. Venice isn't generally associated with entertainment unless the International
Film Festival is on or La Carnivale is in full swing, but this distinctive city offers
enough history, romance, piazzas, palazzos, basilicas, theatres and unique monuments
sprawled around a labyrinth of intertwined lanes and canals to keep the most inquisitive
It does however offer modern recreation facilities; plenty of bars, fabulous alternative
entertainment opportunities and world renowned events throughout the year make it worth the
extra planning to ensure you visit the city at the right time.
A trip to Venice wouldn't be complete without a romantic gondola ride. Prices can be
quite steep so it may be a good idea to sacrifice a costly though amorous trip-for-two for
a more spendthrift jaunt with a maximum of five other people. Also, do try bartering for a
cheaper rate. You can find gondolas near the main canals all over Venice.
di Venezia is a historic entertainment feature of Venice opened way back in
1638 and since its inauguration it has attracted international attention. Its luxurious
interior with elegant decoration and wholly unique setting offers an exclusive entertainment
Timeout's guide to Venice provides a succinct overview of where to head, including
a few named bars and late licence restaurants.