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Romantic Things To Do In Venice

Updated on July 8, 2016
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Robie is an Italian artist that lives in the US. She loves to share her first-hand knowledge about Italy and useful vacation tips.

Venice, Italy: Dream Destination for Romantic Trips and Honeymoons.

Venice embodies the perfect place to create wonderful memories in a unique and romantic setting. It is the best city where to lose your bearings, love, and being seduced.

Venice is a city of poetry, where love, air, water, land, and sky meet amid the harmony of chiseled stones, in a dance if feelings that wraps all senses.

The museums, artworks, architecture, as well as the charm of bridges and canals will make your stay in Venice very fascinating and unique.

You can tour the city through the secret places of Giacomo Casanova, one the Venice’s most famous lover walking hand-in-hand, whispering in each other ears, and fall in love again in an unforgivable experience.

Venice at Night
Venice at Night | Source

A Romantic Gondola Tour in Venice

The city of Venice welcomes each year seasoned lovers and young couples on honeymoon, becoming their romantic haven.

If you want to fully savor Venice and its canals, you need to see it from the water. A Vaporetto tour is fine, but for a true romantic experience, gets a gondola tour of the city.

Gondolas were in the past the main means of transportation for Venetians, now they are a tourist business, and sometimes used for ceremonies or parades. A few gondolas are used as shuttles between the banks of the Grand Canal, in seven locations.

Gondolas have the perfect shape and size to navigate even the narrowest and busiest canals. They are rode by expert gondoliers, with a single, long oar, and the use of their legs and arms to help during turns next to buildings.

The cost for a gondola tour of about fifty minutes is about €80-100 ($100-125). The price goes up at nighttime, and if you request a serenade.

Venice is spectacular at all times of the day, but walking through the calli at sunset is an unforgivable experience. On days with a light mist, there is a fairy-tale-like atmosphere, perfect for a romantic walk.

Gondola in Venice
Gondola in Venice | Source

Getting Married in Venice

Venice it’s not Las Vegas and quick weddings are not available, however, like in the rest of Italy, you can organize a wedding if you start planning months in advance, producing all the needed documentation.

You can book a wedding in prestigious Palazzo Cavalli starting from €700 for UE residents, and €1,900 for non-UE residents. More expensive options are available as well. Live transmission of wedding on the internet costs €120.

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Escape to the Venetian Island of Murano

Venice is always quite crowded with tourists, especially from June to August. To escape the crowds you can get a daily ticket for the Vaporetto, the water bus, and spend a relaxing day in the Island of Murano.

Murano, 40 minutes of boat from Venice, is home to the master glass artisans. Most of them open their workshops to the public, and you can see how they artfully blow and model grass vases, chandeliers, and other artifacts.

In Murano there is also a nice Glass Museums, worth a visit.

When To Go To Venice

Venice is one of the preferred destinations for traveling couples, which can choose between many hotels, from the most luxurious to the most affordable, some in very touristic areas, others hidden in less known calli, streets.

Whether you are planning to stay in Venice for a lengthy period, or a weekend, the great thing is the city has much to offer in any period of the year.

In summer the long days allow to enjoy the enchanting beauty of the city until late, but winter offers beautiful landscapes and picturesque scenes, especially in the period of Carnival (during the month leading to Ash Wednesday, usually February) or during the Holidays.

View from the terrace of St Mark's Basilica at sunset.
View from the terrace of St Mark's Basilica at sunset. | Source

Venice Weather

Being built on water, Venice has a humid weather and a wide span of temperatures in the four seasons. The sea offers a mitigating action on the temperatures that are never as cold as those on main land.

Spring weather – April, May, and June

Spring is probably the best time to visit Venice, when days are longer and temperatures are enjoyable, though in June it can get quite hot. Generally there are not many rain showers in spring. However, these months are very crowded with school and group tours.

Summer weather – July, August, and September

In summer the climate is hot and humid, with temperatures in the high 90s F. During cloudy summer days Venice becomes a destination for many tourists staying at the nearby beaches and Lake Garda.

Fall weather – October, November, and December

Autumn is a beautiful season to visit Venice, the climate and temperature are pleasant, and sunsets are the prettiest of the year, even though days are getting shorter. 13th of December it’s the shortest day of the year.

In this period windy and dry days alternate with humid days. Also late fall is a period for high tides, so you may get to experience Acqua Alta.

Winter weather – January, February, and March

Winter in Venice is not too cold, because the temperature rarely drops below freezing, and snowfalls are uncommon. Days are getting longer, and with fewer tourists, Venice shows its true face, except during the Carnival period that is very crowded.

© 2012 Robie Benve

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      Robie Benve 4 years ago from Ohio

      Hi marieryan, Venice is truly magic and beautiful. In February you probably got to experience the carnival, which is wonderful. :) Thanks for the compliments and taking the time to share. :)

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      Marie Ryan 4 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      A lovely article on Venice. We were there in February this year, but only for four days, which was not enough! It really is very special and I don't think I would ever tire of discovering more of its hidden corners and piazzas.

      Thanks for this reminder.

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Save up all the money you make with your awesome writing and pay the down payment, you sure deserve to relax on a nice gondola ride!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I'm ready to go - you have me so eager to go to Italy, I hope you know that? Voted up and up!

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Hi mecheshier, thanks a lot! Ciao! :)

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Beautiful, love the pics and info. What a great Hub, makes me want to travel there now. Thank you for sharing. Voted up for awesome and useful.

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks TahoeDoc. :)

      John000, that's exactly how Venetian take acqua alta! :) The good thing is that the height of the tide can be forecasted, so they usually have an idea of what to expect.

      Hope you guys get to visit one day.

      Thanks and Ciao!

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      TahoeDoc 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California

      Very nice hub and the guide to the seasons was useful.

      One of these days...

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      John R Wilsdon 5 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      I enjoyed this article so much! Your discussion of Acqua Alta was so curious to me. I guess the folks there just adapt. I can imagine one person to another, "It's Acqua Alta. Oh, well, lets hit the elevated walkways, ho hum." To adapt to such natural surprises is great. But the real attraction was the photo at the top of your hub. The color was so clear and beautiful.

      I have relatives in England so that is my first stop if I can take a European tour. Italy will be second due to this hub. Thanks for the fun.