Venice is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world – and rightly so. With its pastel-colored palazzi, its azure blue water, its cute restaurants, and its cozy bars on every corner, it is made for couples in love who want to make an unforgettable trip together.
But as romantic as Venice is, the lagoon city is also popular with holidaymakers from all over the world. Whether in love with their partner or in love with the city, everyone wants to experience the magic of the sunset in Venice, stand on the Rialto Bridge, or visit St. Mark’s Square. It is often difficult to be intimate together.
We’ll tell you how you can still turn your short vacation in Venice into a cozy, romantic love vacation.
Find the perfect love nest
If you are planning your romantic trip to Venice, you will be spoiled for choice when looking for a romantic hotel in the floating city. In order to create as much romance as possible, we recommend the cozy ambiance of a boutique hotel. Tucked away in Dorsoduro, the village-like district, is the Ca ‘Maria Adele, which, with its luxurious furnishings and extravagant themed rooms, is perfect for a romantic getaway.
Alternatively, you can set a sign when you take the boat through Porta d’aqua to Aman Venice, before climbing the large stairs to the hotel. With gilded mirrors, Murano glass chandeliers, and a view of the canal, this boutique hotel oozes elegance and luxury across the board (at an affordable price).
Enjoy the sunrise in St. Mark’s Square
A sunset is probably the most romantic of the day, but let’s give you an alternative tip anyway: the sunrise on St. Mark’s Square. Get up early and visit one of Venice’s most popular tourist hotspots, before everyone else does. Except for you, your darling and – hopefully – a breathtaking sunrise, nobody will be there. Top it off with a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds or have a cappuccino in the cute, cozy Café Florian nearby.
If you are not an early bird and still want to experience the magical side of St. Mark’s Square without the crowds, then come at night. So you can still tell your grandchildren about how you once had a date in a flooded square in Venice (this can actually happen) when it was already dark. But trust us, this is super romantic.
Take a gondola ride
While this tip is obvious, it’s not without a reason. Take a ride under the Bridge of Sighs and put a famous legend to the test – if the bells of St. Mark’s Basilica ring as you kiss as you pass the bridge, according to legend, you’ll be together forever. You can also take one of the fancy water taxis from the airport to central Venice and start your journey in style.
Experience a night at the opera
Few things make the heart beat faster than a night at the opera. You and your partner are in luck because Venice has one of the most magnificent opera houses in the world. With its striking blue ceiling painting and golden balconies, the Teatro la Fenice is a real beauty, especially from the inside. It’s not the only mind-blowing operatic stage in town, however. Musica a Palazzo is a kind of club for opera events with a dinner in a cozy setting for a maximum of 100 people. Here you can enjoy candlelit performances in the various rooms of the Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto. What could be more romantic?
Escape the city
Some of the most romantic things to do in Venice aren’t right in Venice at all. Outside the city, you will find a world of enchanting, pristine islands. Visit Burano for Instagram-worthy pastel houses and village flair. If you love long walks on the beach, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Lido di Venezia. The quiet Alberoni with its sand dunes is a must-see.
Dinner at Terrazza Danieli
Sunset is a particularly magical time of the day, and there are tons of places to admire the last rays of the sun. If you are looking for dinner with a view, your search is over at the Terrazza Danieli restaurant. There you can enjoy both the delicious food and the breathtaking views of the Grand Canal, Punta Della Dogana, and San Giorgio Maggiore.
Riva degli Schiavoni, 4196, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
The Zattere district is another hotspot for sunsets. Here, take a stroll along the water as the sun sets over the lagoon and the changing colors dance on the Giudecca Canal.
If you do not attach great importance to sunsets, but still want to impress your darling with a super romantic dinner, then a dinner in the incredibly cozy Alle Testiere is just the thing. Book in advance and preferably later in the day. So you can enjoy the dessert without any distraction, as the restaurant gradually empties.