Gay and Lesbian Venice

Gay and Lesbian Venice:

Carnevale, Venice, Italy Follow Me on Pinterest

Carnevale, Venice, Italy

In February, Carnevale is a meeting point for gay people, but apart from that, although it’s a marvellous city (and in spite of Truman Capote’s famous quote: “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go”), if you’re looking for gay-specific action: “Masks off, Venice has not that much to offer to the GLBT community, that’s why most gay people go to Padua (Padova), which is a short hop from Venice, for a drink in the evening or looking for some relaxation in a sauna.” –

But there are exceptions, as you might expect.’s Venice page
B&B & Apartments, Bars, Beaches, Discoteques, HIV, Restaurants, Saunas

Gay life in Italy
An insight into gay life in the various regions, attitudes and lifestyles.


The renowned Porto de Mar Bar seems to have become the “Glitter Disco
Via delle Macchine 41/43,
30175 – Marghera (in Mestre)
Looks pretty spectacular, though it’s not “the only gay bar in the city” any more…they’ve even got a facebook page:

OVER oltre la notte
via j.f. kennedy 39 30027 San Dona di Piave (VE)

Discoteca Shany (every Thursday)
Via degli Ontani, 39 30020 Bibone (VE)

Paradiso Perduto
Fondamenta della Misericordia, Cannaregio 2640
Funky restaurant and bar, dancing later

I Due Girasole
San Stae 19908, Santa Croce


Metrò Venezia Club
via Cappuccina 82/b 30172 Mestre (VE)
+39 041 53 84 299


Spiaggia di Alberoni 
30100 Lido di Venezia – Venezia (VE)

Sabbia e Sale 
Via Atlantico 30015 Isolaverde di Chioggia (VE)

Spiaggia dell’Isola del morto 
30016 Jesolo Lido – Eraclea (VE)

These are all gay or gay-friendly beaches. However, be aware that nudism is not allowed by italian laws, although in some beaches it is common practice. Watch out for thieves and be careful about explicit sexual behaviour. Basically, just take a look around and decide for yourself what the scene is.

Gay Friendly Hotels in Venice

A: Listed by

B&B FUJIYAMA – Gay-Owned
B&B & Apartments
Calle Lunga San Barnaba, 2727A – Dorsoduro – Venezia
Tel. +39.041.7241042 – Fax. +39.041.2771969
Homepage Contact us

Venice Villas – B&B and apartment – Venezia centro storico e terra ferma
B&B & Apartments
Castello 327, Venezia
Tel.: 041.5702834 Fax: 041.5726203
Homepage Contact us

Villa Serena
B&B & Apartments
Via Nogia, 28
Tel. 049.9830097
Homepage Contact us

B: Listed by

All these hotels and guest houses are gay-friendly, with the ones marked with an  asterisk gay owned or operated.

Alle Guglie B&B Venice *

Avogaria Locanda And Restaurant *

B&B Dorsoduro 461 *

Bed and Breakfast Al Giardino

Bed and Breakfast Venezia

Casa de Uscoli

Corte 1321 Bed & Breakfast

Faronhof B&B

Fujiyama B&B *

Hotel Albergo San Samuele *

Hotel Helvetia

Locanda Al Mercante

Palazzetto Barbaro del Giglio*

The Venice Inns

Venice Locanda Hotel Al Portico

Venezia Residence


Hotel Villa Gasparini


Hotel Villa Beatrice

Villa Casanova Bio Inn

Villa Stella Bed and Breakfast


B&B Romantica Venezia F

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