Italy has a long history of gambling, dating back to the days of the Roman Empire, when the predecessor of today’s Backgammon was a very popular form of gambling among the Roman soldiers. The first public gambling establishment was opened in Venice in 1638. It is also said that the games of Baccarat and Bingo were invented in Italy towards the end of the 15th century. Italian gambling has also strongly influence the development of betting throughout Western Europe. In fact, the word “casino” is Italian in origin.
It is surprising, then, that today there are only five land-based casinos in Italy, none in the capital city of Rome. Casino de la Vallee, located in Saint Vincent, a summer holiday resort in the north of Italy, close to the Swiss border, is the largest casino in Italy, with nearly 100 game tables and some 500 slots machines. Other casinos can be found in Venice, Sanremo and Campione d’Italia. Get more information on casinos in Venice, or scroll down for a map of all casinos in Italy.
Italian casinos offer all the classic casino games, such as Roulette, Blackjack Punto Banco / Baccarat and Poker. You may also enjoy the game of Trente et Quarante (Thirty and Forty, also known as “Red and Black), a French card game dating back to the 17th century, popular with the locals.
The minimum gambling age in Italian casinos is 18, and a valid photo ID is required. The dress code and opening hours vary significantly.
For complete information on all casinos in Italy, choose from the list below:
- Casino di Campione d’Italia
- Casino di Sanremo
- Casino Saint-Vincent (Casino de la Vallée)
- Casino Venice