The Venetian and The Palazzo, 2021Near the north of the strip (or what I consider the functional end even though it does continue a ways), is the Venetian. It's a grand themed complex that is confusing to navigate and designed to keep you on property. That's ok as you will soon see.
ArrivalI drove up the strip from Flamingo Blvd, and parked in the free parking at the Venetian (the south tower of the property). Effortless. Walked in, took the elevator down to the 2nd level and into the food court area.
The VenetianSo, the two towers and two gaming floors are not really that different. I did notice a bit of a difference in the moods, the Venetian is more energetic. They have a "Belinni's Bar" because the name Harry's is trademarked. I had a Belinni as I missed it when I actually was in Venice. Now I know I don't like Belinni's.
There are food and bar options around the floor edge, and a few entrances to the Canal. It felt a little younger, a little less controlled (people being drunk people) and kind of Lets get wild! Honestly, that's not usually me and I was looking around for spots where it was less of an animated crowd.
The CanalSo above the casinos and connecting them is a large complex of shops (2 stories of them) and a grand canal where you can get a gondola ride. Lots of very fancy shops with brands you recognize but probably rarely shop at. I was very attracted to the high end items and shops, even though the canal front felt... well they all felt the same from the outside. There was a differentiation of elegance inside, but the full effort to make it a "Brand X" (lets just say Fendi) shop didn't seem to be there, it was like a mall, not a line of boutiques in a campi or campielli
It is also home to Tao the world phenomenon Asian Restaurant (and later at night, the nightclub). Top of the line food and also, prices. The entrace has the velvet rope type stand to make you feel special or maybe to not feel special depending how hard it is to get in?
The PalazzoThe north tower was more elegant, laid back, and spoke to me. Home of my new favorite bar in Vegas. It's at the other end of the Canal, or a different car entrance, well, yeah. It is the more fancy experience of the two.
The bars are nicer, the food options, I didn't really see. It was a calmer class of visitors.
Plaza San Marco - KindaOutside there are more style elements and features copied from Venice that don't really make it in an indoor setting. It's not a bad way if you're walking to meander your way inside.
SummaryThis was the type of casino that I liked. While still of a layout designed to keep you inside as much as possible, I didn't mind being "trapped" here. I could spend hours in Rosina.
You might get confused after a lot of drinks, on what part of the property you are on... here is a lovely tip, Look down. The color of the carpet determines the tower you are in.
You want a higher class and more serene (well, for a casino) experience? This place is my choice, and now my first stop when I come back.