Your travel guide to Venice
Built entirely on the water, the city of Venice is an Italian destination made famous throughout history, in books and on film. In centuries past, Venice was the hub of cultural Europe, and the galleries, museums and architecture still present today clearly reflect that history. For couples, Venice is the epitome of romance. Moonlight strolls along the water, private gondola rides, suites in Venice romantic hotels and gourmet Italian cuisine by candlelight set the scene for passion in this incredible lagoon city.
Like a magnificent painting, the silhouette of Venice between the orange skyline and bluish Adriatic Sea at sunset is revered as one of the most romantic views in the world.
This is the perfect place to go for hopeless romantics, couples, and newly-weds who wants to enjoy a truly unique experience. Want to be like Casanova? Then here’s a list of must-see places and things to do to fulfill your romantic getaway fantasies in the world-renowned “City of Love”, Venice!
Everything is Delightfully Romantic
Whether you’re riding the Vaporetto (water buses), feeding the pigeons at Piazza San Marco, searching for cheap bargains at San Polo, or looking for something fresh to cook at the Rialto Market; every view of Venice is just picture-postcard-perfect— as if the place was exclusively made for lovers.
Tip: It’s relatively safe to walk around Venice at anytime of the day. But you will surely enjoy walking more after sun down since the brightly-lit city is like a hazy dreamland, perfect if you’re into romantic walks while chatting the lovely night away.
Get Happily Married in Venice
It’s every girls dream to have a one of a kind and extravagant wedding. What better way to make them happy than get married at one of the most charming cities in the world? Choose to tie the knot and say “I do” in one of the many Palazzos, cathedrals and churches in Venice and you are sure to have the most memorable time of your life!
Tip: There will be lots of paperwork involved before you can get married in Venice so be sure to complete the needed requirements ahead of time. Spontaneity doesn’t happen here (try “The Venetian” in Las Vegas instead), but I assure you, getting married in Venice is really well worth the wait.
Art and Culture with a Touch of Romance
What’s more romantic than watching a play, ballet or musical performance? Choose from Venice’s many cultural destinations including the elegant and historic “La Fenice” (the Phoenix), one of Europe’s famous opera for its exceptional ballet shows and popular plays; and San Vidal Church to satisfy your auditory senses with performance from Venice’s very own musical ensemble, “Interpreti Veneziani”.
Tip: Trying to sweep your partner off their feet? Include a serenaded gondola ride starting from the city center at Piazza San Marco, through the Grand Canal, under the “Bridge of Sighs” (where you can steal a kiss), then end at the church of Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio near the La Fenice Theater. Before watching the play, treat them at the nearby trattorias (casual eateries) in the area which serve traditional Italian cuisine.
Located 40 minutes away from the main island of Venice is the island of Murano. Couples can watch as modern masterpieces are blown and molded into shape by artisans who have perfected the craft of glassmaking for centuries. Places of interest in the area are several shops, the glass museum, and glass factories.
Tip: If Venice is over-flowing with tourists (especially in the month of August), grab your partner and a 24-hour Vaporetto ticket to take the line 41-42 to Murano and have a peaceful and relaxing time exploring the area, away from the noisy crowds.
Hotel Locations and Transport
As a major attraction destination, Venice offers various hotels catering to each traveler's unique taste. For a hotel in Venice that encourages romance and passion, stay at one with views of the canals or the surrounding lagoon. Ideally, your hotel would also be within a short walk of St. Mark's Square, which is the heart of the city. Without private cars, walking is the best way to get around Venice, but the Vaporetto water buses are also worth trying out.
Romantic Tips From Local Experts
When choosing the perfect romantic Venice hotel, be sure to pick an accommodation choice that offers packages for couples, breakfast delivered to the room or spa treatments for something special that will take an ordinary trip and turn it into something truly unforgettable. For an intimate dinner with a loved one, skip the busy restaurants crammed with tourists and seek out a local bacaro for a glass of house wine and appetizers, which is similar to tapas, and also features traditional Venetian specialties.