Venice Casino, Venice - Photo by Didier Descouens under CC BY-SA 4.0
Venice Casino, Venice - Photo by Didier Descouens under CC BY-SA 4.0

The Casinos Worth Visiting in Italy

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Italy is famous for many things, ranging from its incredibly varied cuisines, fiery wines, tasty olive oil, and sunkissed beaches that host crowds of tourists each summer. But of the many places you can visit in Italy, you may not think of casinos first. It’s a pity, considering that the country does great in this aspect as well. When visiting some of the most popular tourist destinations, take the time to see these places, too – you may find more than just an opportunity to try your luck.

Venice Casino, Venice

Venice is famous for its gondolas, its Carnival, and the crowds of pigeons on the St. Mark’s Square – and its architecture, with countless palazzos to explore – and one of the oldest is also the home of the Venice Casino. Well, in the winter, at least.

The construction of Ca’Vendramin Calergi was finished in 1509, just 28 years – which is unusually fast for the times. The three-story building facing the Grand Canal was home to local nobles, foreign dignitaries, artists, and other notable personalities. Perhaps the most famous inhabitant the palazzo had was the famous composer Richard Wagner who lived and died among its walls. Today, the building hosts a museum dedicated to his work and memory.

The City Council of Venice purchased Ca’Vendramin Calergi in 1946 and turned it into the winter home of the famous Venice Casino in 1959. While the Venice Casino doesn’t offer the game variety available at Spin online casino, it makes up for it with the setting. And while it doesn’t have the flexibility of Spin Casino – you can play Spin’s games while in a gondola – it does offer an experience that’s unlike any other, playing surrounded by the relics and luxury of a noble Venetian palazzo.

Those looking for an “American style” venue will also find what they are looking for in Ca’ Noghera, next to the Marco Polo airport. While it doesn’t have the history of the Ca’Vendramin Calergi – Ca’ Noghera was opened in 1999 – it does offer a modern and fully-fledged gaming and hospitality experience to its patrons.

Casino de la Vallée, Saint Vincent

Casino de la Vallée, the only such establishment in Valle d’Aosta, was first opened in 1947 inside the Grand Hotel Billia. In time, the venue expanded to turn into a fully-fledged casino resort, one of the largest and most prestigious ones in Europe.

While it doesn’t offer its patrons the luxurious and history-filled experience of the Venice Casino, it does offer a fully-fledged gaming experience for those looking for this form of entertainment. The two-level, 3,500-square-meter resort offers its patrons every form of gaming they’ve gotten used to in resorts in other parts of the world, and then some, including traditional games like Trente et Quarante and English roulette. 

Casinò Municipale di Sanremo, Sanremo

Finally, let’s not forget the gambling and entertainment complex right on the Italian Riviera, the Sanremo Casino.

Designed by French architect Eugène Ferret in an Art Nouveau style, the building has officially opened its doors in 1905. In a few decades, during which its activity was tolerated at best, the Italian legislature gave the city of Sanremo special permission to operate it – most likely to counter the competition from France’s Côte d’Azur. At the time, the building served many purposes, from hosting theatrical performances to serving food and drinks, especially to foreigners.

The casino closed its doors during World War II but emerged mostly undamaged, so it could reopen and continue to serve not only as a casino but also as the venue hosting the Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo.