Exploring Venice at Night

One of the best things you can do in the evening in Venice is to go for a wander. The winding streets hide a myriad of pretty buildings and historical sites, so pick up an ice cream and stroll around to explore the city’s culture.

If you want your evening to be more planned, head to Piazza San Marco. You may have seen the Campanile and Basilica during the day, but at night there’s a new beauty to the buildings. Around 6pm these main attractions also tend to be a little quieter so if you do want to venture inside, it’s a great time.

Afterwards, find a seat at the famous Caffe Florian and order one of their quality coffees. This regal spot has been around since the 1700s and has lovely décor. The patio’s perfect for people watching as you take in the impressive sounds of the square’s battling orchestras. If you’re on a budget it’s fantastic entertainment with only a small surcharge.

If the sounds of the square aren’t enough, go and see a concert. Vivaldi, the famous baroque composer, came from Venice and many of the late night concerts pay tribute to him. You can usually purchase tickets on the day from a seller on the street or from inside hotels.

No trip to Venice would be complete without a gondola ride and boating by night adds a little more magic to the adventure. You can pick one up almost anywhere on the water but prices can be steeper at night. To keep the cost down, take the traghetto instead. Crossing the Grand Canal back and forth, the journey only lasts a few minutes but you can ride it as much as you like.