Review written by Sophie Couard, on March 8, 2016.
The first casino in Italy opened in Venice in 1638. Today, the city has a few more. You can find the famous Ca' Vendramin Calergi Casino located in the centre of the lagoon, in the historic part of the city.
It was built in the 15th century and it is known by different names, such as Palazzo Vendramin Calergi, Palazzo Loredan Vendramin Calergi and Palazzo Loredan Griman Calergi Vendramin, It is a perfect example of the manor house style of the Renaissance. It was also the former residence of the Doge and final resting place of the composer Richard Wagner, and it is surely one of the most elegant buildings overlooking the Grand Canal. The poet Gabriele D'Annunzio described the architectural beauty as a "a sculpted cloud resting on water".
So yes, this casino is very beautiful! But is it just a treat for fans of architecture, or is it also good for the players themselves? This is what we will discuss more in the rest of this review.A great game selection
Let me start the review by talking about a sore subject. When you want to enter the Casino Ca' Vendramin Calergi in Venice, you have to pay an admission of €5. You will also have to present a valid proof of age (identity card, driving license or passport). The establishment is generally open to all adults, that is to say everyone over the age of 18.
The slot machines
The slot machine room is open from Sunday to Friday from 11 am to 2.45 am, and on Saturday from 11 am to 3.15 am. There are over 600 devices offering bets from 1 cent to €10 allowing wagers up to €500 per spin. Among the games are:
- mechanical slot machines,
- video slot machines,
- video poker,
- games where you can win a progressive jackpot,
- games inspired by popular licences, such as for example Grease, Michael Jackson, Avatar or Superman.
The slot machines in this casino are very generous as well, as they have a relatively high payout rate of 95%.
The table games
Fans of traditional table games will be happy to hear that they can play the following games here:
- French roulette,
- chemin de fer,
- trente et quarante,
- punto banco,
- Caribbean stud poker,
- fair roulette,
These games are available Sunday to Friday from 3.30 pm to 2.45 am, and until 3.15 am on Saturday.
The establishment also has a poker room where you can play texas hold'em poker in:A bar and a restaurant
Unlike many other gambling establishments that have a lot of additional facilities, the Casino Ca' Vendramin Calergi in Venice does not offer many services aside from gambling. Fortunately, you can still have a drink and dine there.
There is the Lounge Bar, which is located in the heart of the games room, and there you can enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine when you take a break between the games. There is also a food menu with snacks.
The Wagner restaurant is dedicated to the great composer who lived in the Palazzo at the end of his life. It is located on the first floor in a beautiful room with beautiful decoration, paintings by Palma il Giovane and frescoes by Gian Battista Crosato. The restaurant it only open Friday to Sunday from 7.30 pm to midnight, and it offers different specialties of Italian cuisine.
The Casino Ca' Vendramin Calergi in Venice does not offer accommodation, but it is surrounded by many prestigious hotels. For example, you can stay at:
Directly next to the Grand Canal
- the Cà San Marcuola *** with prices starting from €77 per night,
- the Cà Vendramin **** with prices starting from €84 per night,
- the Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli e Gran Canal **** with prices starting from €18 per night.
There is no location more prestigious in Venice than the Grand Canal, and this is also where the Casino Ca' Vendramin Calergi is located, right in the heart of this true example of romanticism which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Venice is a dream destination with beautiful sights everywhere, for example the famous gondola rides through the many canals, the famous Caffè Florian at the San Marco place that has been built in 1720, or the St. Mark's Basilica from the 9th century.
Venice is overflowing with places inviting you to take a stroll and to enjoy the scenery. It is also full of art events and often hosts festivals and special events, such as the famous carnival.
The legendary Casino Ca' Vendramin Calergi in Venice absolutely deserves its excellent reputation. You can play in a truly beautiful location in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This gives the games a certain extra, and you can really feel the luxurious atmosphere. The game selection is also very good, which is definitely a plus!
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Slot machines : Sunday to Friday from 11 am to 2.45 am, and on Saturday from 11 am to 3.15 am.
Table games : Sunday to Friday from 3.30 pm to 2.45 am, and until 3.15 am on Saturday.