Venice by day is a tourist machine, but at night there is a transition. The gaudy facade vanishes, the streets empty. Venice has taken off her stage makeup for the day, and beneath she is yet more beguiling, dark and mysterious. So how can you enjoy this special time of day to the full? Your evenings in Venice will be just as spectacular as your days, and this guide will help you nail down your plans.
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Venice at night is a dream, and there are plenty of great ways to spend your evenings in this beautiful city. you may have spent the whole day exploring or just got back from a Venice day trip, but either way you’ll want to make the most of your evening in Venice, as there are just as many great things to do in the evening as in the daytime. Head this way for some daytime activities in Venice.
Sunset is a truly magical moment in Venice, with handsome monuments silhouetted against fuchsia skies, or deep orange reflections gilding the lagoon surface. Even if you are staying elsewhere in Italy, travelling here for a day to catch the sunset is worth it. For example, Venice is one of the best day trips from Milan to take, so make sure to spend a few hours at night! Below are three of the best places to appreciate Venice’s fiery skies.
Once a warehouse and living quarters for the German population of Venice, this vast building on the Grand Canal has been transformed into luxurious fashion store. While well-known international brands are on offer, it also offers classic Venetian products such as handmade masks during Carnival period. Its crowning feature is a spectacularly positioned roof terrace right on the bend of the Grand Canal providing a view down both ways.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Rialto Bridge is right beneath. It’s free, so naturally, it’s very popular. This means you are only allowed 15 minutes up there. Get your free tickets earlier in the day and then turn up for your assigned slot. In accordance with the period of the year, time your visit according to sunset for some magnificent photographs. During Carnival, some masked models also pose there.
The sun sets artistically behind the Santa Maria Della Salute church, and the Riva provides ample classic Venetian foregrounds: gondolas, the charming oriental arches of the gondola stations, and ornate lampposts. Take a stroll along this wide promenade and admire the Redentore church by Palladio on the Giudecca opposite, the white façade rosy with the setting sun. This is a must for your Venice itinerary!
Take a Vaporetto (water bus) from the Lido to St Mark’s Square and, if timed correctly, you can appreciate the myriad of colours reflecting off the lagoon surface. Alternatively, there are several boat tours to take that will bring you on an incredible tour through Venice at night.