Venetian Hotel Las Vegas is one of the top attractions on the strip, and it features an amazing Venice, Italy themed design. When visiting the hotel you can imagine for a few seconds that you are actually in Italy… But this is not the point – You are definitely in the city of ALL possibilities :)
Venetian Hotel Las Vegas, a unique experience you can only have in… Las Vegas! :)
Located at the heart of the famous Strip, the whole complex has Venice, Italy written all over it.
The Venetian Tower for instance, is a replica of the St. Mark’s Campanile, found in the Italian City of Venice. Other Italian historical landmarks that the hotel has recreated include St. Mark’s Square with Doge’s Palace.
Here is a detail of this incredibly beautiful replica:
Gondola Rides at the Venetian Las Vegas
A visit to the Venetian Hotel Las Vegas would be incomplete without a gondola ride.
Almost like Venice in Italy, this Nevada replica is one of the most romantic places to be. You may go to get married, or for your anniversary… You may just want to have a memorable moment with your beloved one. Either way, take a gondola ride and you will always remember it.
There are two-person and four-person gondolas. My husband and I opted for the four-seat ride, which costed us $29.00 per person. That was an outside tour – If you want an indoors tour as well, you pay double. We were paired up with another couple who were very friendly. Therefore, we bonded easily. BTW: a private gondola for two people costs $116.00 per person. On holidays the prices are different, but you better check on their website: venetian.com
The gondolier sang lovely Italian songs that enhanced the romantic mood of the ride. I also heard that all gondolas are authentic, imported directly from Italy.
Another nice feature at this establishment are the bridges. Ornate with European style details including the lamps, they really make you feel like you are in Italy. You can walk between the strip and the hotel and feel like you are in another world. Same with the promenade and the stairs where you can relax, while watching all the activities on the water.
Cobblestone pathways and piazzas are a common feature throughout the property.
“Rialto Bridge” however doesn’t let you be in doubt about the location… It crosses the busy Las Vegas Strip, and you know immediately where you are… :) But if you don’t look down, you can still can dream for a few minutes..
Inside the Venetian Hotel Las Vegas
When you enter the lobby, you will definitely find visitors taking photos of the ceiling. Once you have a look at the ceiling, you won’t resist the urge to take some photos too. The ceilings are high and covered in exquisite fresco. A newbie can easily take them for originals, but they are not.
They are so spectacular that you can actually take a tour of the hotel with your head up the whole time. Luckily, I had my husband with me to constantly remind me to pay attention to the other attractions as well.
Apart from the ceiling that really captures your attention, the lobby fountain is also stylish and wonderful to look at. It’s main feature is a beautiful golden globe with statues and zodiac symbols.
Another neat water feature is the fountain in the lobby. It is a common practice for tourists to throw coins in fountains…They do that either to make a wish or in the belief that by doing this they will come back someday.
** In this case, the hotel donates the coins to The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Center to help combat drug addiction. What a wonderful way to give back to society.
Click on the images for a larger format. ** I have also uploaded some of these photos to my Fine Art America / Las Vegas gallery. If you are interested, they are available as art prints in various formats and sizes.