Welcome to Venice
Laidback, walkable city with miles of pristine beaches.
Nestled along Florida’s brilliantly sandy Gulf Coast lies one of the state’s most livable cities. Venice, also known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World,” attracts thousands of visitors to its 14 miles of stunning beaches and lively entertainment events and festivals. Renowned as one of the top retirement destinations in America, Venice has an ever-growing population of seniors, with a burgeoning young community attracted to the laidback lifestyle and tropical climate the city offers. With magnificent outdoor spaces, quaint streets, and a lively dining and entertainment scene, all within walking distance from most residential neighborhoods, the city’s overall walkability has also drawn many active home seekers to consider Venice’s sought-after real estate market.
Originally a fishing and farming settlement, today Venice is dominated by beautiful Spanish-style homes, the popular cottage-style Florida Bungalow, and many Key West-style residences recognizable from their bright pastel colors and intricate latticework. With an outdoor lifestyle very much the norm in Venice, large patios and verandas are commonplace and the perfect location to enjoy an evening sundowner or family barbecue.
What to Love
- A walkable city with many restaurants and shop-lined streets to enjoy
- Ranked one of Florida’s most livable cities
- Large homes in a sought-after real estate market
Venice’s large retiree population has created an incredibly relaxed, laidback atmosphere that makes the city popular with vacationers and families looking for a beachfront getaway that doesn’t compromise on entertainment and excellently rated restaurants. Most Venice residents enjoy regular outdoor recreational activities, including cycling, swimming, boating, and life in Venice revolves around the beach and ocean. Choosing to live in Venice will make you feel like you’re on a never-ending beach holiday.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Food lovers are spoilt for choice by Venice’s many exceptionally rated dining destinations, while those who prefer a round of retail therapy can enjoy many luxury and unique stores and boutiques selling everything from high-end clothing to home decor. Cassariano Italian Eatery
in downtown Venice offers guests contemporary Italian cuisine, including authentic antipasti and mouth-watering seafood dishes. For another style of Mediterranean cuisine, Bodrum Restaurant
serves classic Turkish and Greek dishes with a modern twist. For upscale dining in a casual, beachfront setting, there’s no better seafood and sushi restaurant than Fins at Sharky’s
, with unparalleled ocean views and delectable, innovative dishes. And, should fine Italian food be in order once more, Ristorante San Marco
is the place for home-cooked food in a classic Italian eatery setting.
For all your shopping needs, head to Downtown Venice, where the many unique clothing boutiques like Sandy’s Designer Clothing
will have you spending hours browsing their chic interiors.
Things to Do
There is always something interesting going on in Venice. The annual Venice Italian Feast and Carnival
bring thousands to the streets to enjoy live music, incredible food, and rides and games for the kids. Another annual event, the Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival
, gathers amateur and professional writers for workshops, signings, and book launches.
And for those who prefer calmer pursuits, the Pelican Pointe Golf Course and Country Club
offer stylish recreational activities, including a magnificent 27-hole golf course, a driving range, pool complex, and onsite dining offerings. For Venice residents who prefer a day at the beach, hunting for shark teeth and unique shells, swimming in the warm waters, and basking in the Florida sun are all excellent distractions to keep the whole family busy.
Venice is served by the Sarasota County School District and is home to many educational opportunities for students of all ages. These include: