For a romantic getaway, anniversary, or honeymoon, there’s no better destination than Venice. With its winding waterways and Italian charm, it’s the perfect place to enjoy with your special someone. While Venice already oozes romance, with the perfect itinerary there’s even more to be had.
A cruise on the River Po passing through Venice is arguably the most romantic Italian river cruise out there and is a truly special way to soak up the city. Below are some of the most romantic Venice activities to consider for your loved-up getaway.
Indulge in Opera at Teatro La Fenice
For lovers of culture, there’s nothing more romantic than a night at the ballet or opera. It’s an experience not to be missed when you’re in Venice. Located on San Marco Square, the Teatro La Fenice is a thing of pure beauty. Get yourself tickets to sit in one of the gilded golden balconies - or why not book your very own box for the ultimate romantic experience? The theatre regularly puts on classic operas, ballets and a range of spectacular classical concerts, so there’s something for everyone. Just remember to book your tickets in advance of the night to avoid disappointment and grab the best seats in the house!
Go Island Hopping to Burano
First time visitors to Venice often don’t realise this, but there’s so much more to the city than initially meets the eye. The city is actually set on an archipelago, made up of a series of small islands connected by canals. It’s well worth exploring some of these islands, which are brimming with quaint charm, amazing food and oodles of romance.
A short boat ride away from the Venetian Lagoon lies the magical destination of Burano. The island is recognisable for its rows of houses painted in bright colours. Once you’re off the boat you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a totally different world, vibrant with colour and the smell of seafood emanating from the local restaurants lining the street. It’s the perfect place for a romantic stroll and a delicious lunch, and provides some of the best photo opportunities in the region. Wine lovers will also enjoy crossing the footbridge to the walled vineyard at Mazzorbo. The island is also famed for its lacemaking and craftsmanship, which you can learn more about at the Museo del Marletto.
Book a Wine Tour
Speaking of wine, once you’re back on the main island, why not book your very own couples wine tour to sample the region’s best vinos? This is a great activity to share with a loved one and a unique way to learn more about the region and its history (whilst enjoying a tipple).
There are plenty of wine tasting and winery tours in Venice to choose from, so you won’t be disappointed. Once the tour is over, make sure you make time to stop off for some local Italian gelato for a sweet and romantic end to the evening before returning to your Italian river cruise.
If you’re looking to experience romance, then Venice is the place to be. Instead of flying into a busy and chaotic airport, why not up the romance on your trip by booking an Italian river cruise with a reputable company and experience the city of romance from the water?
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive luxury barge holidays. If you're looking for a fantastic Italian river cruise, or cruises to other great destinations, they are the go-to experts. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.
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