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With the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean surrounding you and the ornate spires of St. Mark’s Basilica soaring above, Venice is a veritable jewel of fashion, art, and architecture. Situated on Italy’s northeastern coast, it’s also known as ‘The Floating City’ and ‘The City of Bridges’, as it’s built across 100 small islands, criss-crossed by canals, which are linked by about 400 bridges or 'pontes' as they are referred to locally. The most famous of these is the Ponte Rialto, which crosses the Grand Canal in a statuesque triangular form.
Venice is super welcoming to the gay community, but you won’t find any defined street or neighborhood, just an open atmosphere all around. Sadly, there hasn’t been a Pride festival or parade in Venice since the 2015 election of a conservative mayor, but that doesn’t mean Gay Venice has nothing to offer LGBTQ travelers. There is always something going on at the city’s gay bars including Juice Berry - a private club with decadent parties, themed events, and a fetish room. Otherwise, try Trash and Chic: an LGBTQ-only bar, known for its wild parties and special guests.
If the gay bars of Venice don't quite quench your thirst and you’re looking for a bigger and more exclusive gay scene, head to Padua. Here you’ll find plenty of clubs, as well as the seasonal Padova Pride Village, which offers drag shows, concerts, and disco vibes. It’s also the site of Padua’s annual Pride Parade in June and the closest HQ for Italy’s national LGBT rights organization, Arcigay. Leaving from Venezia Mestre or St. Lucia station, you can reach this hotspot in as little as 14 minutes on a Frecciargento high-speed train.
If you need time to recover the next morning, step into a pasticceria and order yourself a cappuccino and a pastry - or just knock back a shot of espresso at the bar like the locals. Once you’re fully caffeinated, you can wander the wide boulevards and narrow cobblestone alleys, sampling gelato and spritzers to your heart’s content. Check out one of the many art galleries, museums, or theaters for a taste of the local history and culture, or head west of the central Piazza de San Marco for exquisite shopping on the Salizada San Moisè. Prada, Versace and Dolce - oh, my!
Experience the perfect end to your day with a sunset gondola ride through Venice's picturesque canals or a relaxing steam at a sauna or bath house, then take yourself (and maybe one of those Italian hunks!) back to your accommodation for some beauty sleep. There are plenty of gay hotels Venice has on offer, from sweet bed and breakfasts to luxury hotels. With misterb&b, book your ideal gay hotel, or rent out a private room, apartment, or entire home for you and your traveling companions. If you’re visiting the city solo, but don’t want to be lonely, stay with a local misterb&b host for a ready-made guide and the ultimate hospitality. misterb&b has everything you need to find some dreamy gay accommodation in Venice.