When it comes to romance, there's no competition. Venice is Italy's most romantic city and possibly the most romantic place in the world to spend your honeymoon. It's the only city floating on water, and from its sleek canals you can explore intimate alleyways, visit grand palazzos, and watch dazzling sunsets from the vast lagoon. At every turn, romance is in the air.
Make Venice at least part of your European dream honeymoon. Perhaps start in Rome then make your way to Florence, and then Venice, this gem of a city in the north of Italy on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. Here we present our best advice to plan the dreamiest luna di miele a Venezia — your honeymoon in Venice.
Travel the city by gondola and enjoy a serenade by a professional singer as you pass the romantic monuments of Venice — decorative palaces, the Grand Canal, and the marble Rialto Bridge, designed by the finest Italian architect of the 16th century, Anthony da Ponte. This is a very popular activity, so be sure to book early.
We started our tour in the Grand Canal and were serenaded by a great singer. We made our way through various channels where the acoustics were amazing. We even had a group sing-along to traditional Italian songs. This tour lasted about 45 minutes before we returned to our starting point. I recommend this tour because you get the full feel of Venice for a longer duration."
– 5-Star Review
Even better! We like this combined activity that takes you for an evening cruise along the canals with a singing gondolier, then drops you off at a ristorante tipico veneziano where your table has been reserved for a classic 4-course dinner.
Settle into the 36-foot gondola and take in the elegance of Venice as you glide through the city's canals. Your gondolier will navigate to Campo Santa Maria del Giglio. From there, it's a short walk for an authentic Venetian meal with local wine. This sells out weeks in advance, so book early.
It was a pleasurable experience and a fitting welcome for us in Venice. It was great that they are also flexible with the timing because our flight was a bit delayed. Food and service were great!"
– 5-Star Review
Romantic, quirky, off-the-beaten path, these islands are home to artisans who make the famous Murano glass and Burano lace. After a boat ride to Murano, where you admire the fantastic colours of the houses, you visit a glassblower's workshop to see how silica sand is transformed to glass, and how the signature vibrant colours are created. Hop back in boat to the neighboring island of Burano. There you visit an atelier where craftswomen createthe island's famed delicate lace. There's time to visit the Museo del Muretto (Burano Lace Museum ), or stroll along the colorful streets.
The tour was fantastic. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history and life of Venetians as well, and we learned quite a bit about Venice on the way to and from the islands as well as learning about the unique history of these two very special places."
– 5-Star Review
It's your honeymoon and you want a romantic hotel with something special, something that will create memories that will last forever. (At least that's what we'd want!) So how about a legendary resort that occupies its own private island in the Venetian Lagoon?
The San Clemente Palace Kempinski maintains its own fleet of luxury power boats to whisk you back and forth to Venice and to the other islands. We recommend you snag one of the rooms with uninterrupted views of the lagoon and Venice in the near distance.
• Travelers Rating: 92%
It's an amazing experience to be in the centre of things Venetian, very near the Rialto Bridge and close to the famous campos and piazzas. At Hotel L'Orologio the boats are docked right outside your door, alongside the romantic canal-level terrace.
Inside, the hotel is just as impressive. L'Orologio was built only two years ago in an historic grand palazzo — everything is deliciously new and modern, with lovely colours and furnishings. Nothing is spared in comfort or service, either. Book one of the suites!
• Travelers Rating: 93%
Take a trip the magical island of San Giorgio Maggiore for spectacular views from the top of the bell tower. It's a quick vaporetto ride to the island and you'll be amazed at the lack of crowds. It's a little insider's secret that the best views of San Marco are from this vantage point.
Have a romantic lunch or dinner at famed restaurant Riviera. Yes, it's expensive but it's exquisite. Take a seat on the waterfront terrace and try their gnocchi with lime, thyme and scallops or the multi-course chef's tasting menu with wine pairing.
Take a detour off the main roads and into the labyrinth of medieval alleyways and canals. Spend time getting lost in Venice. That's when you'll find the small churches, the beautiful piazzas (squares), the places where travel memories are made.
Spend time at Fortuny Museum and learn about one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century. Mariano Fortuny, the multi-talented artist lived with his wife & muse, Henriette, in a Gothic palace in Campo San Beneto. Visit the atelier, see his beautiful fabrics, dresses & decor.
Scenic vantage points include the lagoon-side promenade next to the Giardini vaporetto stop, on the canal edge at San Marco looking at Santa Maria della Salute, or from the Rialto Bridge.
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