Gay Venice – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , August 1st, 2019

Gay Venice - The Globetrotter Guys

Venice is one of those places that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.

It’s a unique set of archipelago islands, with only boats and gondolas for transport and many beautiful bridges connecting what used to be over hundred individual villages.

Once we had set foot into the city, we immediately fell in love with its charm and felt like we had escaped into some sort of romantic film set.

What’s more, when travelling to Venice, gay travellers like ourselves should feel very welcome. Whilst it may not have a big gay scene, Venice felt safe, gay friendly and put us straight at ease. We had no issues, or even looks, walking around hand in hand and being openly affectionate.

We spent two nights on our ‘gay Venice’ trip and managed to cover plenty of the city whilst still having a relaxing and enjoyable time.

In this guide we have shared our itinerary of how to spend two days in gay Venice as well as a look into gay friendly hotels in Venice, the gay scene, gay rights in Italy and local attitudes.

Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

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Queer Venice for Families – 2TravelDads

Author: , October 26th, 2018

queer venice - 2traveldads

When you live in the United States and you think about taking a trip to Europe, your mind darts so quickly from place to place and you start to create an enormous to-do list of sights and experiences you MUST cross off. Venice, Italy is at the top for everybody, I swear, and rightly so. But today you hear stories from everybody who visits of being over-run by tourists and walking through narrow streets in single file lines. Not cool. But we know how to enjoy a stress-free trip to Venice and now you can too.

Known as “la Serenissima”, the most serene, Venice is chalked full of history and beauty. It’s calm and peaceful in the wee hours, and yet it’s crazy and crowded with tourists in the daytime and around famous landmarks. Our method of exploring and tips are sure to help you have a relaxing and unforgettable trip to Venice.

Living on the west coast of the USA, the oldest structures we have anywhere are barely 150 years old, so immediately any fascinating architecture must go on the travel list. And then there is art. In the Seattle area we are inundated with local art (subjects of orca whales, boats, produce, modernism…), so the chance to visit every single museum filled with historic pieces in every city cannot be missed. But here’s some real talk: if you want to enjoy Venice stress free, let yourself be okay with not visiting every single museum.

Oh, and food. I can’t even begin to talk about that, so our friend Kavita will tackle that for us over on her blog. The best food in Venice should be left to the experts. My only thing to say about the food in Venice is that their preparation of seafood is unique in comparison with other places in Italy and at least one meal in Venice needs to be local seafood dishes.

You could say that Venice is a foot traffic nightmare, and you wouldn’t be lying, but that doesn’t mean it has to cause anxiety. Stress free Venice is all about letting the city lead you to the best experiences for YOU.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Gay Friendly Venice Hotels – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 18th, 2018

Gay Friendly Venice Hotels - The Nomadic Boys

Venice will always have a special place in the Nomadic Boys’ hearts. It was where we celebrated one of our earlier anniversaries together as a young gay couple, visiting for a romantic weekend. And boy did we love it!

This is the place where you will want to profess your love to your significant other, on a cheesy gondola ride through the picture perfect canals, marvelling at the same buildings James Bond was blowing up in “Casino Royale“.

You can’t beat gay friendly Venice for its charm. It’s world famous for good reason, which is why we chose to spend our first anniversary here. When researching, we stumbled on several gay friendly places to stay both in the city, and around. When choosing where to stay in Venice, it’s also worth considering the area outside the city as there are more options for gay bars and clubs in Padua and Verona than in Venice itself.

Villa Gasparini: unique Venetian villa

This is one of those hidden gems you’ll want to check out. It’s actually located just outside the built up Venice island area in “Dolo”, around 30 minutes by bus. It is a gorgeous Venetian villa, recently refurbished, with just 15 rooms, some with a private Jacuzzi. We particularly love that they have special packages for LGBTQ travellers.

The reason we recommend this for gay travellers to Venice is because from our experience, Venice as beautiful as it is, lacks any gay hangouts. It is city mainly filled with hotels, museums, gorgeous buildings etc, but lacks much local life. For the best gay nightlife when visiting Venice, you’ll want to head to either Padua or Verona, which Villa Gasparini is located near to. Therefore, staying here is ideal for not only being close to the touristic highlights in Venice, but also being close to the best gay hangouts that LGBTQ locals go to like Anima + Hot Dog Club in Padua + Lucla and Romeo’s Club in Verona.

By Stefan Arstis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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5 Interesting Facts about the Doge’s Palace in Venice – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 8th, 2018

Doge's Palace - Keep Calm and Wander

If anything that strikes our minds after hearing the name “Italy”, it is definitely Venice – a city where everything is shrouded in romance and intrigue. Doge’s Palace, in particular, is one of those places.

Here are some interesting facts about it.

1. It exhibits Gothic Architecture

The architectural exuberance of the palace is the first thing that meets the eyes of an onlooker. The building is purely gothic; however, there is a huge influence of the Venetian art; thus, making it Venetian Gothic style.

2. The “White House” in its heyday

This palace was the central government building at its peak time. “Doge of Venice” or the ruler used to live here with his family for his lifetime.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Alle Guglie B&B – Gay Venice Bed & Breakfast

Author: , July 2nd, 2017

Alle Guglie B&B

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Alle Guglie B&B is a charming Venetian bed and breakfast located in the Cannaregio district, convenient from the train station (just a five minute walk) or Piazzale Roma. Cannaregio is one of the few districts where you can still feel the “real Venice”, away from the tourist mass areas; you’ll find wide roads and canals, great Italian bars and cafes, and a taste of Venetian day-to-day life.

Alle Guglie is also a great place to use as a base to explore all that Venice offers – in about fifteen minutes on foot you’ll be at Rialto bridge and few more at St. Mark’s Square.

We’re also just a short walk from the ancient Jewish Ghetto, and literally steps from the Cannaregio boat stop on the canal where you can catch a direct boat to the island of Murano (known for the world-famous glass makers), or Burano (famous for the lace production and the different colors houses), and Torcello with its magnificent cathedral.

Alle Guglie is an apartment on the top floor of a sixteenth-century building, off a private courtyard away from the main street. We only offer one guest room, so you’ll have a lot of privacy and the total attention of your host, Antonio.

The very quiet guestroom is large and sunny, has its own private furnished balcony, A/C, radio, collection of books and guides about the city and dedicated bathroom.

Antonio provides full breakfast with fresh bread and croissants, marmalade, orange juice, yogurt, brioches, cereal, and everything else you might need for a great start of the day.

During the good season, you can enjoy breakfast on common the balcony overlooking an ancient courtyard; in the winter, he serves breakfast in the kitchen where you always find a coffee and tea available.

Your stay includes continental breakfast each morning, bedding and towels, and anything else you may need to make your visit perfect and confortable.

Antonio, who has been running the bed and breakfast for about ten years, knows the city inside and out has a degree in Art history and can direct you to great museums, churches, restaurants, activities around the city. He can also point you to the best gay cafes and bars.

Come stay with Antonio at Alle Guglie by yourself or with your partner, and enjoy the real gay Venice.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Venice

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Hotel Alle Guglie, Venice, Italy

Author: , December 10th, 2010

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Venice Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Hotel Alle Guglie - Venice, ItalyHotel Alle Guglie is an elegant Venice Hotel in the Cannaregio district, a charming district on Venice’s northern edge, just a 15 minute walk from St. Mark’s Square and not far from the famous Rialto Bridge.

We welcome you to Venice’s historic centre. We’re easy to reach – our Venice hotel is just a short walk from the train station. We’re just across the Ponte delle Guglie bridge, and our hotel overlooks Strada Nuova and its characteristic Venetian market.

Just a short distance from Hotel Alle Guglie, you’ll find the Casino di Cà Vendramin Calergi, the Jewish Ghetto and Palazzo Labia.

Our staff is friendly and professional, and we offer our guests wonderful Venetian hospitality – you’ll enjoy your stay in our elegant, discrete three-star Venetian hotel, in an 18th century house transformed into a hotel and surrounded by the wonderful ambiance of the Cannareggio quarter of Venice.

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Postcards From An Italian Adventure – Venice Again

Author: , June 24th, 2010

Gay Friendly Venice Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on an extended adventure in Italy. She has graciously agreed to let us republish her travel logs. Enjoy!

Murano, Venice

Saturday, May 29

This morning we went to Murano, which is an island right off the main island of Venice. This island is famous for glass work. After getting off the vaporetto, we went to a glass blowing shop and saw a demonstration of glass blowing.

Glass Horse - Murano, VeniceThe little horse that you see in this blog was one of the things that the glass blower made while we were watching. Fascinating. Then, of course, we had to exit through the shop. There were so many beautiful glass items for sale, and one could special order a piece and have it made, then shipped home. There were many such shops on the island. The island itself is a pretty place, with different colored buildings, and no traffic. It felt much different than Venice, perhaps because it is smaller, and not so many small canals bisecting it.

We had lunch together, then Susan and I went back to Venice, as the others wanted to shop, and I did not. Susan and I got off the vaporetto near the Opsedale. It was interesting to see the ambulanze boats, as well as the fire department boats, and the entrance to the Emergency Room right off the canal.

Glass Maker - Murano, VeniceFrom there we wandered through little neighborhoods, found a small cafe and had a cappucchino. It was amazing how close we really were to our apartment from where we had gotten off the vaporetto, because all these little streets wind around, and pretty soon, there you are, home again!!

The other ladies told us that from Murano they went to the island of Burano, which is noted for its lace making. They did buy some beautiful items. But they told me the houses on Burano are painted bright primary colors, and it is even quieter than Murano. I was sorry I missed that trip, but next time.

Sunday, as we were getting ready to go out, we heard a marching band. We hurriedly dressed and went to find where this was coming from. There is a church right across our little bridge, and the band stopped there. The priest from the church blessed the placque that was dedicated to war casualties, as well as a wreath that was placed there, also. The band played the Italian national anthem (which has such a lovely hummable tune that I simply must learn the words for this song), then they went into the church and played some more, so Susan and I went to Mass, so we could hear the music… well, that is why I went. Susan is a very good Catholic, so goes to Mass with or without music. It was a lovely way to start our Sunday.

Murano, VeniceMonday was our last full day in Venice, so finally we got into St Marks Basilica. I had never gotten into it before, as the lines were always too long, but this time we were there before opening, so we all got in to see this beautiful church.

After the Basilica, we divided into 2 groups: some wanted to do a gondola ride, and some of us wanted to see some more churches. I was in the church group. We took the vaporetto across the canal to the church that is right on the point, Santa Maria della Salute. Then we walked all over that side of Venice, finally getting to our goal of seeing the Frari Church. That was well worth the trouble. It is huge, and beautiful, and we got to hear a young lady playing the organ, for at least a half hour.

The other ladies did their gondola ride, then Kristie went by herself to the Lido, where she went swimming. Now she has been swimming in three seas off Italy: Tyrrhenian, Ligurian and Adriatic.

That night Kristie was in charge of taking us on a pub crawl and a fine job she did, too. We went again across the Canal to some pubs near the Rialto Bridge. That was quite fun. Just snacks and a glass of wine at Cantina do Mori, then more snacks and wine at Antica Ostaria Ruga Rialto, where we did have some dinner, too.

Christine had bought a new cane, with a brass duck head for the handle. Well, it has a secret compartment to hold liquor, so I took the little vial up to the bar and had the bartender fill it with grappa, so if Christine’s broken ankle started hurting too much, she had some pain relief right at hand. The entire bar crowd was watching, and being quite entertained by us.

We had a starry night ride on the vaporetto back to our apartment. What a wonderful 4 days we had in this magical city.

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Postcards From an Italian Adventure – Venice

Author: , June 20th, 2010

Gay Friendly Venice Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on an extended adventure in Italy. She has graciously agreed to let us republish her travel logs. Enjoy!

June 2, 2010

Buon giorno, everyone,

VeniceI have fallen in love again…..with a city. Venice….molta bella citta….we arrived here Friday about 11:00 a.m. by train from Florence.

What a wonderful sight!! The sun is shining (Miraculoso!!) Rain had been predicted for all 4 days that we are to be here, but everyone was out, enjoying the lovely sunshine.

We got out vaporetto tickets, and got on the vaporetto to go to our apartment. If you don’t know, Venice has no traffic, except on the water, with the vaporetti (water buses), the water taxis, the cruise ships, along with all emergency vehicles.

VeniceTraffic can get pretty intense on the Grand Canal. But we sat back, and enjoyed our journey to the Arsenale stop, which is near the end of the main island of Venice.

After getting our stuff settled into our apartment, which is a restored Palazzo, presumably dating back to the 14th century. We had to cross a little bridge across a canal, and enter the main hall, and apartments then opened off that.

VeniceOur windows overlook the little canal, which seemed to be quite busy at times, also. In fact, we laughed to ourselves, that we exchanged the scooter noise of Florence for the boat noise in Venice.

We then went to lunch together, but then separated into everyone doing their own thing. Christine had not been to Venice before, so she, Kathy and Kristie went to Harry’s Bar, near Piazza San Marco and had Bellinis, for which they paid 15 Euro each.

VeniceThey were not impressed with Harry’s Bar. They said that only very old rich people were in there, and no one was smiling, and it was quite depressing. They were depressed theirselves, when they learned how much they paid for the Bellinis.

The cruise ship crowds were impacting that area, and that it not what I wanted to see, so I stayed out of the area. Our apartment is very near a residential area, where children were playing, dogs were making friends with each other as their owners carried on conversations.

VeniceOld men were sitting on benches having very antimated conversations. The produce vendor was there with his little shop that I remembered from before. I couldn’t resist. I bought the ingredients for a vegetable soup, completed my shopping at the Coop grocery, then made another trip with Susan to pick up wine and bread for our dinner.

We had our soup, wine and bread, then retired early, as everyone is tired, and we are going to go to Murano in the morning.

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