Looking for the perfect honeymoon destination? Venice is the place to go.
With stunning architecture and the infamous network of canals, Venice has long been admired as a sight of beauty and it has been the focus of many classical paintings including the works of Canaletto.
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There are a plethora of romantic hotels to choose from in Venice. One good choice is Hotel Palazzo Paruta Venice; set in a quiet location and featuring majestic décor. Hotel Canal Grande Venice is a popular choice with an excellent location and luxurious rooms perfect for a honeymoon stay. Alternatively try Hotel Ad Place Venice which demonstrates elegant attention to detail and an opulent flair.
Tip: Request a room with a view over the canal. Admire the canal views and the Venetian atmosphere during the day as well as under moon light.
A ride on an Italian gondola is a must as a beautiful way to explore the waterways and admire the stunning bridges, palaces and landmarks. The traditional gondolas are steered by Venetians and if you’re lucky your gondolier may serenade you with music and singing!
Tip: Make sure you pass under Ponte di Rialto. This iconic bridge is a beautiful work of architecture. Often viewed as the heart of Venice, it is an essential romantic photo opportunity.
Take a trip to the Venetian island of Murano; famous for blown glass, from beautiful pieces of jewellery to magnificent sculptures. It is well worth taking a tour of one of the traditional glass factories, which all have regular demonstrations of glass blowing and of course have spectacular showrooms of the glass creations. There are also plenty of opportunities to purchase a glass masterpiece in one of the many shops which could be a romantic memento from a honeymoon.
Tip: Avoid offers of any free boat rides from your hotel to Murano as you will may end up at a larger glass factory and feel pressurised into purchases. Instead enjoy making your own way to Murano and explore the many factories and shops yourself.
Teatro La Fenice is the most prestigious opera house in Venice dating back to 1789 and built in the neo-classical style. Well worth the admission fee, La Fenice still remains a hidden gem and is not mobbed by visitors. Audio guides and guided tour are available to explain the history of the theatre; all in several languages. With an outstanding reputation, internationally renowned artists flock to perform at La Fenice. A variety of shows run throughout the year and tickets can be purchased at the theatre.
Tip: Take the opportunity to dress up for a show to avoid being turned away!