5 Romantic Things to Do in Venice
City breaks don’t get much more romantic than Venice. Its atmospheric canals and historic buildings mean it has romance written all over it, and it’s not hard to see why it’s the place George Clooney chose to get married. From sampling the local cuisine in romantic restaurants in Venice to exploring more of the lagoon, here are some ideas for how to spend your time togehter in beautiful Venice.
1. Go for a gondola ride
Topping the list of romantic things to do in Venice, a gondola ride is surely one of the most romantic things you can do anywhere in the world. Cosy up next to each other as one of Venice’s famous stripey-shirted gondoliers takes you effortlessly through the city’s intriguing network of canals for the ultimate romantic Venetian experience.
2. A Vaporetto ride
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a gondola ride, you could instead hop on a Vaporetto (water bus) for a chance to see Venice from the water. Gliding past the stunning palazzos of the Grand Canal, you’ll be able to imbibe the romantic atmosphere of Venice for a fraction of the cost of a gondola ride. It’s also a great way to travel from one side of Venice to the other when you fancy exploring a new district.
3. Enjoy a walk and the view from the Rialto Bridge
Simply strolling around hand-in-hand is a romantic way to pass the time in Venice, and with a wonderful view around every corner, you’ll never run out of beautiful things to see. The view over the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge is a particular highlight. If you’re on the lookout for romantic restaurants in Venice, you’ll find plenty down by the canal with glorious views of the Rialto Bridge, so after you’ve admired the view and bought some souvenirs, why not enjoy a glass of wine or dinner?
4. Stone Heart at Sotoportego dei Preti
A pilgrimage for many a romantic couple in Venice, finding the famous Stone Heart at Sotoportego dei Preti is a must. Originating from an old Venetian tale of the love between a fisherman and a mermaid, legend has it that if you and your loved one touch the stone together, you’ll stay in love forever.
5. A visit to Burano Island
If you’d like to experience a quieter side to Venice where you can be with your beloved away from the crowds, look no further than Burano Island. An easy half-hour boat journey, Burano is full of colourful buildings and has all the charm of Venice with far fewer tourists – perfect for when you want to get away from it all and enjoy a peaceful meal of fresh seafood cooked just the way the locals like it. For more ideas for where to eat like a local in Venice, check out our previous post.