Venice – A Couple’s Retreat

Published On December 16, 2013 | By Staff Writer | Europe, Italy, Travel Guides
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Alongside Paris, Venice is regarded to be an ideal destination for couples wanting a romantic city break. Famous for its network of canals, delicious cuisine and abundance of cultural offerings, loved-up visitors to the city will never be short of something to see or do. We’ve compiled a few suggestions of our own to help all you lovers plan your romantic Venetian getaway…

Things to do

A visit to this idyllic Italian location wouldn’t be complete without a ride on a gondola! That said, this is by no means the cheapest of activities. Believe it or not, a water taxi ride from the airport is in fact a cheaper alternative to a gondola ride and is undoubtedly the most stylish way to arrive in the city!

A private boat trip along the Grand Canal is yet another option. Catch one when night falls for an even more memorable experience.

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You’ll find the majority of the most popular tourist sights are located in San Marco; the city’s liveliest and most expensive area. If you fancy something a little more unique and understated (and a little less pricey!), the city’s Cannaregio district is well worth a visit. Quiet and charming, the area is the perfect retreat for couples wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the tourist hotspots.

Looking out over the Venetian skyline is another activity worth fitting into your schedule. Most tourists will choose to go up the bell tower in the centrally-located St Mark’s square to catch a glimpse of the city from above.

For a less crowded experience, head up the bell tower on the neighboring island of San Giorgio Maggiore for breath-taking panoramic views of the city and its waterways all their glory.

Wine and dine

As a former merchant city, sampling Venice’s exquisite shellfish and seafood is highly recommended. Moreover, thanks to the city’s lack of roads, visitors can enjoy a spot of al fresco dining and a spritz on the terrace of one of the many restaurants that Venice has to offer. If you want to experience a real taste of Venice however, stop off at a quaint little bacaro.

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These local haunts are dotted all over the city and are the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing alcoholic beverage and authentic snacks for €1 apiece. For those staying in self-catering accommodation, head down to the Rialto Market to stock up on local produce.

Located in front of the city’s oldest church, this bustling market is brimming with locals and offers a whole range of produce, including fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood, of course.

Places to stay

Hotels are undoubtedly the most common choice of accommodation for couples visiting Venice. With such a huge selection to cater for all tastes and budgets, you really are spoilt for choice.

That said, Venice’s ever-growing popularity can mean that certain hotels are quite simply ordinary. For those who would prefer to stay somewhere with a little more character, opt for a chic and unique self-catering apartment.

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