Though nightlife in Venice is more understated than epic, the city still enchants after sunset. Gondoliers paddle across the reflection of glowing palazzos in canals; wine flows freely inside candlelit taverns; and classical music drifts from stone churches. Here’s how to enjoy Venice at night.
Cruise the Canals or Lagoon at Sunset
Cruising Venice’s famous canals is even more romantic at sunset, when the city illuminates. Book a gondola ride with a serenade for extra atmosphere; watch the sky change color during a motorboat ride down the Grand Canal; or sail across the Venetian Lagoon for a new perspective of the Floating City.
Dine and Drink like a Venetian
Happy hour is a cherished tradition in Venice, so join a food and wine tour to discover the city’s best wine bars and learn to order cicchetti (Venetian tapas). Dinner is usually served late, so grab an espresso and sit down among locals for a meal of fresh seafood paired with Veneto wines.
Catch a Concert in a Historic Venue
Live music in Venice means intimate shows and traditional instruments. Book tickets to the acclaimed Interpreti Veneziani or Musica a Palazzo for an evening of Baroque chamber music or Italian opera ballads. Concerts are usually held in historic palaces or churches for time-tested acoustics.
Step Inside St. Mark’s After Hours
St. Mark’s Basilica—the Byzantine centerpiece of St. Mark’s Square—buzzes with activity and crowds during the day. Enjoy more room to admire golden mosaics and jeweled altarpieces on an after-hours tour that grants you access after doors close to the general public. Be sure to step back and admire the illuminated basilica and neighboring Doge’s Palace from the outside, too.