A charming canal city brimming with Italian history, art, and culture, VENICE makes the perfect backdrop for an unforgettably romantic honeymoon. This lagoon city is just a short train ride from Tuscany, Milan, and the Dolomites, but its enchanting aura warrants a longer stay than a few days along the tourist trail. A little time in Venice will reveal fascinating details around every corner, with enough goings-on to fill a lengthy itinerary. While it’s tempting to get lost in the complicated scheme of streets and canals, be sure not to miss these essential Venetian elements.
1. Tailor your tour.
Before you do anything, book a customizable tour to eliminate stress and optimize your honeymoon time. Park Viaggi’s HONEYMOON TOURS are among the best and most customizable in town, and they know how to make honeymooners feel at home. They’ll tailor-make an itinerary for you, and ensure that you’re covered from the airport pickup to the hotel accommodations. You’ll get to relax and unwind, letting experienced guides whisk you and your new spouse around this labyrinthine city.
2. Get paddled through the streets.
The iconic Gondola ride is on nearly every Venice visitor’s “must-do” list, and it’s easy to see why. Glide through picturesque Venetian lanes with your love, and discover that each scenic waterway inspires more romance than the last. This distinctive experience is well worth the price (80 Euros minimum), so be sure to budget accordingly.
3. Spend time in the square.
The famous and photogenic Piazza San Marco is a must-see on any Venice itinerary. Though always packed with visitors, it’s also filled with interesting landmarks. St. Mark’s Basilica, Palazzo Ducale, and Torre dell’Orologio all share space in the square, and are among Venice’s main attractions. Have a day of sightseeing with your love, surrounded by the Piazza’s wonderful architecture.
4. Check out the artsy district.
The quieter, art-filled Dorsoduro district is a true honeymooners’ delight. Art galleries abound in this part of Venice (Think Peggy Guggenheim collection and the renaissance works at Galleria dell’Accademia). As you wander about, be on the look out for fantastic tucked away pizzerias and other hidden treasures.
5. Have a night at the theater.
Nothing says romance like an evening at one of Venice’s gorgeously designed opera houses. Of these, La Fenice Theater is among the best known and the most ornate. The original structure burned in 1996, but it was fully reconstructed in 2001, and today La Fenice showcases performances of Beethoven, Vivaldi and Mozart. You’ll appreciate the opportunity to dress up, leave the hotel, and experience Venetian performance art at its best.
6. Taste the gelato.
No trip to Venice would be complete without a bite of Gelato, the ultra-creamy Italian ice cream adored by nearly everyone. Gelato flavors go far beyond the traditional chocolate, vanilla and strawberry: you’ll likely find delicious pistacchio, sweet tiramisu and decadent nutella on offer. Locals say the best gelateria in town can be found on Salizzada San Lio, marked by the ever-present long lines. Boutique del Gelato is worth the wait, but you’ll just have to taste it to understand why.
7. See the view from the top.
Venture up the tallest structure in Venice, a striking bell tower called Campanile di San Marco. You won’t need to climb, though: the elevator inside will whisk the two of you straight to the top. Once there, enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding lagoon, sandbar, and if you’re lucky, the distant alps. Get there early for photo-friendly lighting, short lines, and a more intimate experience.
8. Learn at the scuole.
For a bit of uniquely Venetian history, make a trip to the impressive Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Filled with intricate art and intriguing history, the “scuole” were social institutions for wealthy Venetians hundreds of years ago. Elaborately decorated, well preserved, and filled with famous art, Scuola Grande di San Rocco is open for tours today. Get schooled together in Italian art and interesting history.
9. Witness the waterway.
As the main artery of the city, it’s easy to understand the historical significance of the Grand Canal. Whether you view it by Vaporetto boat or choose to wander about on foot, this glorious body of water is worth a few hours of marveling. Be captivated by this truly “grand” canal and admire the timeless society that blossomed around it.
10. Celebrate a uniquely Venetian festival.
Venice’s big events have achieved international fame and prestige. Carnevale, a pre-Lenten masked ball, Biennale, a huge display of global modern art, and the Venice International Film Festival, a major film event along the Lido, are all exhilarating to behold. There’s nothing quite like soaking up the scene at one of these world-class Italian festivals.