Romantic Things to Do in Venice, Italy

Venice is one of the most romantic places I have ever been in the world. It might be considered  bit cliché, but there’s a reason it is so popular with tourists, couples and honeymooners.

Take a gondola ride along the picturesque canals, pose for a photo on one of the many bridges, sit outside a café watching the world go by, enjoy a candlelit dinner overlooking the water and admire the views from Saint Mark’s Basilica…you won’t be short of romantic things to do in Venice!

If you’re planning a romantic break with your loved one, here’s what to do in the City of Love!

Buy a bottle of wine and take a gondola ride

Gondola Ride- Romantic things to do in Venice

A gondola ride is a highlight of any trip to Venice. Yes it may be expensive, and it may be a cliché, but it’s certainly one of the most romantic things you can ever do with your loved one. To make it even more romantic, stop at a store and purchase a bottle of wine along with some plastic cups. Make a toast as you float long Venice’s pretty backstreet canals, then sit back and soak up the scenery!

Have dinner overlooking the Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is the most famous bridge in Venice. There are lots of restaurants along the canal here, and although they might be a bit touristy, this is definitely a romantic spot. Enjoy some Italian pasta and a glass of wine as you look out at the Rialto Bridge and the gondolas drifting down the Grand Canal!

Walk along the backstreet canals at night

Venice is very pretty by day, but it is also very romantic by night. After dark the tourists disappear and this is the perfect time to take a stroll through the lamp-lit alleyways and backstreets. Listen to the gentle sound of the water lapping and watch the gondoliers navigate their way through the canals by torchlight. You’ll look at Venice in a completely different way!

Admire the view from Saint Mark’s Basilica

View of Saint Marks Venice

Saint Mark’s Basilica is a spectacular cathedral with a beautiful gold mosaic ceiling. It was originally the chapel of the Doge, but in 1807 it became the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archidiosese of Venice. Climb the stairs and head out onto the terrace, where you’ll be presented with brilliant views over St Mark’s Square.

Follow in Casanova’s footsteps

Follow in the footsteps of the legendary Casanova with a secret passages tour of the Doge’s Palace. You’ll get to see the cell where Casanova was imprisoned and hear the story about his dramatic escape.

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • Gina
    Posted at 22:20h, 13 December Reply

    I’ve only been here with a good girlfriend and I’ve been wanting to go back with my husband for years because it is such a romantic place! Hopefully someday… I really want to do that gondola ride with a bottle of wine. 😉

    • Victoria
      Posted at 04:29h, 08 January Reply

      Hopefully you guys will get to do that gondola ride Gina!

  • Bonin
    Posted at 02:05h, 19 January Reply

    Hi all, thanks for the great post and pictures, I’ve been in Italy two times is still believe that is not enough-amazing country, with so many places to visit, but not yet in Venice, hopefuly soon.

    P.S. This is the best travel blog that I ever seen, admirations!!!

  • Eric
    Posted at 10:56h, 31 March Reply

    I was in Venice with my wife few weeks ago and we tried a Bacaro Tour, a
    tour through the city with a good selection of italian wines and
    appetizers. It was great!

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