A weaving network of glittering waterways, cobbled streets and beautiful buildings, with a wealth of art and culture around every corner, it’s easy to see why Venice is regarded as one of the most romantic cities on earth. Whether you’re planning a trip with a new love or you’re searching for the perfect spot to pop the big question, Venice has everything you need for the romantic holiday of a lifetime. We’ve rounded up some of the most romantic things to do, at the most romantic time of day, in the city of romance. Enjoy!
A Gondola Ride for Two
When you think of romance in Venice, one of the first things that comes to everyone’s mind is a gondola ride for two. There are few things more romantic than relaxing with the one you love in a wooden boat, as the sunset lights up the water and bathes the buildings in orange and red. You can find a gondola at any one of the main bridges, just look out for the driver’s distinctive boater hat and striped shirt. Whether you travel to a romantic bar on the canal, or simply float along under the stars until it’s time to go back to the hotel, it is guaranteed to be one of the most romantic moments of the trip.
Watch the Sunset at St Mark’s Square
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking somewhere in Venice to watch the sunset, but St Mark’s Square is a pretty special location. The city tends to quieten down as evening approaches, giving the square a more atmospheric ambience than during the day. Wrap an arm around your partner and look up in wonder at the beautiful domes of Basilica San Marco, as the sun sets behind them. The spectacularly ornate Doge’s Palace looks even more regal painted orange by the sunset, and the whole square is especially romantic at twilight. Wander through the winding streets nearby and listen to the street musicians afterwards, or find a cosy bar to cuddle up and enjoy a drink.
Give her the Casanova Treatment
Cantina Do Spade is an iconic institution of Venice, being nearly 600 years old and reportedly the place where Casanova wooed his lovers. Make like Casanova and take your lover to Rialto Bridge, before wining and dining them at his favourite restaurant. When it comes to Cantina Do Spade there is no need to worry that the food won’t live up to the tourist hype, as it maintains its reputation among visitors and locals alike. Its delicious, fresh cicchetti bar is often called the best in the city, and the fantastic wine selection is the perfect pairing for the amazing food. Intimate and romantic, with delicious food, it would make for a perfect romantic evening even without Casanova’s legacy.
Watch a Show at Theatre La Fenice
One of Europe’s most famous opera houses, Theatre La Fenice, is the perfect setting for a night filled with romance. Whether you prefer dance or music, the amazing ballets and operas shown here are incomparable. There is nothing like watching the struggles and delights of love portrayed by talented artists on stage to create the perfect romantic ambience for an evening in Venice. Be sure to book well in advance as shows are popular, and arrive in good time so you can marvel at the stunning decor before the house lights go down.
Get Lost Together
Venice is famed for the meandering, picturesque streets that make up this maze of a city. Find a hidden retreat away from the main attractions by venturing through the narrow backstreets of the city. Each twist and turn will reveal new delights, whether it be a tiny, ornate bridge, a picturesque canal, or a romantic café populated by locals and serving the most delicious wine of your trip. Grab your loved one’s hand and walk off a delicious dinner in the streets of Venice, you’re bound to find a hidden doorway to steal a romantic kiss.
Kiss on One of Venice’s Bridge
Nowhere provides the ideal background for a film-worthy romantic kiss quite like the bridges of Venice. Head to the 16th-century Rialto Bridge in time for sunset to stage the perfect kiss just as the Grand Canal is lit up by the setting sun. For even more movie star magic, make your way to the Accademia Bridge, which is purportedly where Greg Wise proposed to Emma Thompson. This wooden bridge gets busy in the daytime, so aim for early evening to enjoy some of the grandest views in Venice.
Enjoy Live Music at Caffe Florian
Situated in the beautiful St Mark’s Square, the oldest café bar in Venice boasts some of the finest clientele in the city. It serves some of the finest coffees and wines you’ll find, along with cocktails and food you’ll be talking about long after you get home. Evening is by far the best time to visit, with a live orchestra every evening, and a range of cultural events and exhibitions often on show. If you need a venue for a special occasion, this is it.
Wander the Rooms of Musica a Palazzo
Venice and the opera go hand in hand and there is no better way to enjoy it than at the Musica a Palazzo. Offering a unique operatic experience, each act takes place in a different room of the stunning 17th-century Palazzo Barbargio-Minotto. The audience follows the performers from room to room as they sing excerpts from La Traviata and other great operas. It is an atmospheric and romantic setting for a beautiful evening of cultural indulgence.
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