With its iconic canals and cobblestone alleyways, it’s not hard to see why Venice is a permanent fixture on lists of the world’s most romantic cities. Couples who visit the Italian city always have high expectations, but simply being in Venice won’t help you fall for your partner all over again. Whether you’re still in the honeymoon phase or looking to spice up a long-term relationship, these romantic tips will help you make the most of your time in Venice.
Book a Beautiful Hotel
When you’re a couple in love, a hotel is much more than a place to lay your head at night. It’s a place for lazy mornings in bed, couples’ massages, and room service meals eaten while wearing fluffy white bathrooms. There are several beautiful hotels in Venice, Italy, that were designed with lovers in mind.
You’d never guess the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel used to be a flour mill. Now this five-star establishment boasts seven restaurants and bars, a spa, and rooftop pool. Boscolo Venezia, Autograph Collection is another stunning five-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of the city.
Take a Gondola Ride
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It might be a bit cliché, but there’s a reason why lovers everywhere want to take a gondola ride through Venice’s canals. If you don’t reach your hand in your wallet, you’re likely to regret it. Check with your gondolier whether you can bring some wine and glasses to really set the mood. Sunsets over the canals can be beautiful, but bring a coat to combat the chill in the cooler months.
Expect to pay around 80 euros for a 40-minute ride. You won’t see all of Venice during that time, so make sure to choose an area that appeals to you. If you’re unsure where to go, book a gondola towards the end of your stay because you’ll be more familiar with the area. Hiring musicians will drive the price up, and many couples feel it’s not worth the surcharge. Do you really want more people in your boat?
Travel off the Tourist Trail
Venice can get pretty crowded, especially during the summer months. If you want to enjoy a quiet moment with your love, steer clear of St Mark’s and the Doge’s Palace and visit some of Venice’s lesser known neighborhoods. The Cannaregio area doesn’t have a lot of sights but it’s a wonderful place for people watching from the tables of an alfresco café. The locals also love Dorsoduro, which has some great bars and art galleries. It gets quieter the further east you walk, so don’t be afraid to keep walking to enjoy a little alone time.
Enjoy Private Dining
Venice’s restaurants also tend to be pretty crowded with tables pushed close together. It’s hard to speak of love when you’re wondering who else is listening in. If the eateries leave you feeling claustrophobic, book an authentic Venetian dining experience in a private home. Your chef will cater for your tastebuds and cook real Venetian food for you and the one you love.
Do a little planning before you leave and you’ll find yourself swept up in the romance of Venice, Italy.