So you’ve decided on Venice for a romantic holiday? It’s an excellent choice. But what exactly are the most romantic things you can do in the famous city of love? An intimate barge cruise holiday will certainly provide you with plenty of time to gaze into one another’s eyes, and when you’re in Venice, here’s what you can do to continue the amorous atmosphere.
The legendary city of Venice is home to some of the most beautiful attractions you’ll find on your barge cruise holiday, so be sure to take a stroll around them, hand in hand, of course. The Accademia Bridge is a popular spot for a proposal due to its sweeping views of the city and, while St Mark’s square may be bustling with tourists, it can still be an intimate setting for a smooch, and shouldn’t be missed off your list. Furthermore, be sure to stop off at Giudecca Island for a more peaceful experience, with its tranquil views over the lagoon and sunset photo opportunities.
Of course, a romantic trip to Venice wouldn’t be complete without kicking back on a gondola ride. You will already be in love with the water from your luxurious experience on your barge cruise holiday, so continue the maritime magic and let the rest of the world melt away as you drift through the waterways. Utilise the expertise of your gondolier to learn more about the city or escape into your own love bubble – but either way, this is an experience you won’t regret or forget.
If you can tear yourself away from the depths of your lover’s eyes, take a trip to Punta Della Dogana to drink in some modern art. You can enjoy the inimitable views of the lagoon from its premier location, where the Grand and Giudecca canals meet, and spend a lazy afternoon watching the gondolas float by.
They say that food can be the way to your beloved’s heart, and Italy certainly holds its cuisine in high status. When you’re in Venice on your barge cruise holiday, plan some tranquil lunch or dinner dates for the two of you, including stopping at Happy Pizza for ginormous slices that are made for sharing. Alternatively, watch the magic unfold together as you witness your pasta being crafted in front of you at Tuttinpiedi – more than just a meal, this Italian classic becomes a show for two. For a luxurious treat, book ahead at Dorsoduro’s Linea d’Ombra, with its waterfront tables providing the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening.
Finally, the Musica a Palazzo gives you the chance to experience a private opera performance. Each room of the palace hosts a different act of the opera, and you’ll be treated to the breathtaking music with just a few others, making this one of the more cosy options for the two of you. Set aside a few hours on your barge cruise holiday to experience the opera in style and warmth – we promise you’ll never forget it.
To ensure your romantic getaway in Venice is as stress-free and relaxing as possible, book with a reputable company. Make the most of their experience and knowledge to allow you and your partner to float away on your barge cruise holiday in absolute bliss.
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive luxury barge cruise holiday in Italy, France and many other places. 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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