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Casino in Venice

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Washington DC
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Casino in Venice

My boyfriend is dreaming of visiting a European casino and so we're going to go when we are in Venice. I'm picturing something very "Casino Royale" and super fancy where you need 1000 Euro just to walk in the door. Or, will I be surprised and would it be possible to play a few things w/out having to mortgage the house? I know there is a dress code also - for men is it a tie?

Chorley, United...
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1. Re: Casino in Venice

I have only once ever been in a Casino, and that was not in Europe. I was there as the guest of the Managing Director in return for a favour I had done for his daughter. We had a magnificent dinner and enjoyed the show but he said afterwards "Do feel free to walk around, but if you do gamble you will only be paying for your dinner, which you have already eaten". So I did not bother to lay a bet and have never been tempted to go into another Casino.

The Casino Municiple di Venezia is at Ca' Vendramin Calergi close to the San Marcuola landing stageon the Grand Canal. www.casinovenezia.it

Their website suggests a jacket for men is needed.

Otherwise I can give you no information whatsoever about the place.

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2. Re: Casino in Venice

I'm afraid you could be disappointed from the Venice Casino.

The building on the Grand Canal is wonderful and very impressive, but the Casino is not so fancy and luxury as you seem to expect.

There is a fee to go in but just few euro, and there is also a dress code (that there isn't in the Casino near the airport).

I think you can have a look (it's in the centre in a nice area) but without too expectations.

methow valley
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3. Re: Casino in Venice

Many years ago I went to the Casino at the Lido. I wasn't terribly impressed and was a little taken aback when they suddenly shut down the 21 tables.

They did have a dress code and I was stopped from entering; however, I returned in a few minutes wearing my girlfriend's short sleeve army khaki shirt over the shirt I had on and gained entrance.


Canterbury, United...
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4. Re: Casino in Venice

I agree that Venice wouldn't be my first choice as casinos go, but the Ca' Vendramin Calergi is a sumptuous location and well worth visiting.

The Venice casino has another location in Tessera on the mainland, but you should definitely go to the Ca' Vendramin site.

Gentlemen have to wear jackets, but they are available for rental. I think you'd both feel better if you dressed up a bit!

Alentejo, Portugal
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5. Re: Casino in Venice

If you like classical music there is a good reason for visiting the (winter) Venice Casino, the great Wagner died there. But the casino in itself it's not that special, kind of disapointing, with such excelent locations they could come up with something better. But in the Summer the Casino "moves" to the Lido, I guess that's why. And you can come in casually dressed, maybe not in slippers and shorts but there is no big deal about a dressing code.

Canterbury, United...
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6. Re: Casino in Venice

I didn't want to be too pedantic but, in view of the Casino's site depending the season it may affect those visiting at different times of the year:

The casino website is confusing on this point, but it would appear that the site on the mainland (Ca' Noghera) was opened in 1999 and that the yearly migration to the Lido-in the summer-no longer takes place since2000. The Ca'Vendramin-Calergi is open year round.

Perhaps someone would want to correct me on this point.

Ravenna, Italy
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7. Re: Casino in Venice

You are absolutely correct lovetrav.

I had a friend who went to the Casino everytime she could. She has lost eveything and now lives in government housing.

Remember the Casino never goes home broke. I would hate to think of this young man looking forward to visiting the Casino and losing his holiday money in a short time!

Washington DC
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8. Re: Casino in Venice

Oh don't worry - we're very cautious on that kind of thing. Its more the chance to view something different, not waste precious Venice time in some gambling hall. He really just wanted to see the place, not spend our vacation (or money) there!

Il mondo
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9. Re: Casino in Venice

I agree that the casino building in Venice is rather nice but not all that worth the visit. Montecarlo is much more spectacular and much better dressed people too.

I was shocked to see the state of many people in there.

There is a larger and even seedier one near the airport.

However, having said that when we recently had a 3 hour flight delay from Venice, we popped in and I left with 3000 euro in my pocket.

Made the flight delay more bearable.

London, United...
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10. Re: Casino in Venice

^ Glad you are!! : )