Venice is called the city of lovers, and it’s easy to see why. The city has so much beautiful history embedded within it, from the food to the architecture and the way it sits on the water. Venice is a prime destination throughout the year, but especially during Valentine’s Day, which is right around the corner.
If you’re looking to shake things up this year and do something different, you should consider booking a romantic getaway for you and your man to the City of Love, and here’s why.
1.) Gondola rides
When you think of Venice, you immediately think of the water. It’s impossible to separate the two. So what better way to kick things off than by taking a tour of the city via the famous gondola rides?
You can opt in for the classic ride, or if you want to unleash the history nerd that lives deep within you, there’s a ride that includes an audio guide which highlights the history of Venice to accompany the scenic views. Looking to up the ante on the romance? Why not have your ride soundtracked to traditional Italian love songs? It’s the pricier option, but might make for the more unforgettable experience.
2.) The cuisine
Venice isn’t just famous for its beauty, but its food as well. Specifically the seafood.
To get the best experience possible, head down the alleys and nooks and crannies, which is where all of the best food is. Absolutely avoid all of the “tourist trap” spots.
Roasted eel and creamed and dried cod is especially popular, but you can’t get much better than authentic Italian food for a romantic dinner.
3.) Visit other islands during your stay
There’s plenty of other sights to see during your stay, including the other islands in the Venice lagoon!
Murano, Torcello and Burana are all accessible while you’re in Venice, and you have the option of seeing all of them via the tour.
Of the three, Murano is the easiest to visit as it is the closest to Venice. That said, it also tends to be the most crowded. For those seeking a more seclusive option, Burano may be the one for you. It’s full of colorful houses and boutiques if you’re looking to get some shopping done during your stay.
Torcello, however, is the island that furthest away from Venice. It’s perfect for long walks; you’ll find yourselves surrounded by gorgeous nature reserves.
4.) The opera
Venice is home to one of the oldest opera houses in the world: La Fenice Opera House.
Built in 1792, the opera house attracts patrons and tourists from all over the world, offering a unique experience where different cultures can bask in the beauty of the arts. It’s also open to tours, which we highly recommend.
5.) Many scenic places to enjoy a romantic kiss
You settle on just about any location in the city and it would make for a scene ripped right out of a movie. But there are some truly picturesque places that seemed built to share a romantic moment alone with your partner. Namely, Rialto Bridge which is where Casanova (yes, really) took his partners for a little wining and dining action. So if you’re looking to be apart of history, perhaps consider that one.