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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 traveller entertained.

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.

The Casiṇ 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 opportunity.

Timeout's guide to Venice provides a succinct overview of where to head, including a few named bars and late licence restaurants.

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