Las Vegas Journals

Las Vegas - The Italian Experience...

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A November 2008 trip to Las Vegas by Red Mezz

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Quote: Las Vegas has gone through a lot of changes in recent times, but one thing that seems to have stayed the same is the excellent taste of Italy you can enjoy up and down the strip...

Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular

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Attraction | "The Best Thing I Have Ever Done in Las Vegas"

Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Ok - so it's actually a French story, if you want to be very picky about it. But opera is Italian and no where could be better suited to the display of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Phantom' than in the opulent splendour of the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Phantom of the Opera is something I was introduced to quite young by one of those great once-in-a-life time teachers who had an entire class of 11 year olds desperate to get to school the next day and listen to more opera. True story. It's something a friend of mine and I had wanted to see for years, and though she managed to get tickets to see the show in Houston (via our wonderful teacher...) as well as a show in New York - I m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 24, 2009

Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Grand Canal Shoppes

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Attraction | "Outstanding Experience - a Trip All on it's Own"

Grand Canal Shoppes Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is nothing if it is not emphatic in its attention to detail. Though virtually every hotel on the Las Vegas strip has a theme of some description - and the competition pushes each top the next, there is something overwhelming about this effect at the Venetian. Quite possibly my favourite hotel in Las Vegas - the Venetian is in a class all on its own. Even after wandering through casinos of all shapes and sizes for a full, foot aching day - you walk through the doors of the Venetian and suddenly it's as if you weren't in Las Vegas at all. And this is really saying something - if you have ever visited the strip then you can appreciate h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 24, 2009

Grand Canal Shoppes
3355 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(877) 883-6423

Canaletto

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Restaurant | "Quintessential Venetian Dining..."

Canaletto Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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One of the first places my husband and I ever travelled together when we first met was Las Vegas - a place that understandably has very fond memories for us from our long ago days of travel. So for our anniversary we decided a little return trip to revisit some of our favourite parts and get to do more of the things we didn't do the first time around was in order. And what we primarily didn't get to do while we were there before as penniless 20 year old backpackers were things that cost any money. In the golden days of Las Vegas - you could visit the amazing strip and as long as you didn't gamble, you could have an incredible time with out spending very much money. Sadly...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 24, 2009

Canaletto
Venetian Hotel Casino - 3355 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 733-0070

Bellagio Fountains

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Attraction | "Still Breath Taking..."

Bellagio Fountains Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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This is an attraction I have actually reviewed before on my first ever visit to Las Vegas, and though I almost never re-review something unless it has undergone some change or improvement to warrant doing so - in this case I couldn't justify writing an 'Italian Experience' in Las Vegas journal with out giving kudos to the fountain show. It's also worth mentioning here that maybe an even better reason for my reviewing it once more here is that in all the changes that I have seen Las Vegas undergo since my first visit - and very few of them for the better in my opinion - this is one that still keeps it's awe and integrity and should be commended for doing so. The fountain show at...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 25, 2009

Bellagio Fountains
3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 693-7111

Regale Italian Eatery

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Restaurant | "Excalibur's Little Italian Joint..."

Regale Italian Eatery Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Though it's true, this Italian restaurant is not of the same style or quality you will find at the big, luxurious Italian-styled casinos, it is nice to know that you can get a bit of the Italian food experience at the other end of the strip. The Excalibur, once one of the many brilliantly designed casinos that was a bit more kid friendly than the others, now seems to be the 'family' casino. (Though I find it hard still to connect those two words in my head) Though there is still a lot to offer here, the prices are now outrageous for anything but the rooms, the entire place seems run down and badly staffed, and you are accosted at every corner with in your hotel by the new gangs of time-sh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2009

Regale Italian Eatery
Excalibur Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 597-7443

Village Eateries

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Restaurant | "Pizza Bites, New York Style..."

Village Eateries Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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You can't talk about Italian experiences in Las Vegas with out mentioning New York, New York. Even though it may not be the first to come to mind when surrounded by the very heart of Italy just across the way in the forms of the Venetian and Bellagio - just as is true with it's namesake - New York New York has it's own little twist on the Italian experience of the new world. Created in a similar vein to the other location themed hotels and casinos - New York New York dominates the skyline when entering the city with its Empire state building, Statue of Liberty and enormous roller coaster which runs along the tops of both of these.In side you are, unfortunately again...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2009

Village Eateries
New York New York Hotel - 3790 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada