The beautiful Italian city of Venice is regarded by many to be the most romantic destination on Earth. Incredible architecture and history creates a world as if from a fairytale; whether you are riding on a gondola with a loved one or dining on gelato in one of the remarkable public squares in the heart of the city. Maybe it is the water surrounding the city, perhaps the fountains said to bring partners closer or perhaps simply because it is a popular destination for couples, but there is no denying that there is romance in the air of Venice.
Here are five of the many reasons you will fall in love with the city of Venice.
1. The Lagoon Locale
There is no denying that the cuisine, people, architecture and history contribute to making the city of Venice a romantic and wonderful destination. However, the lagoon location is what makes the destination truly remarkable. Getting around the city can be achieved by a number of unique transportation methods such as a private gondola, a bustling water taxi filled with locals or even vaporetti, large boats known as water buses in Venice. This makes something as ordinary as getting to work or finding your hotel an adventure that won’t soon be forgotten.
2. The Bridges
It might seem strange to list something as ordinary as bridges on this list, but that is simply because the bridges in Venice are far from ordinary. The Ponte di Rialto, or Rialto Bridge, was built over eight hundred years ago and remains an iconic symbol of the city to this day. The Zattere Bridge over the Giudecca Canal is another popular bridge that offers beautiful views over the city. It is on this bridge that some of the most incredible pictures are taken of Venice, not to mention the fact that a large number of marriage proposals take place on the bridge each year.
3. The Dining Experience
There can be nothing more romantic that dining on exquisite Italian cuisine on a restaurant terrace just feet from the Venetian canals. Lights from the restaurants and street lamps illuminate the seating area to create a truly intimate setting for your loved one. Sip on a glass of local red wine as you dine on some of the regional specialties in Venice. The city is known in particular for the dish of local cuttlefish in black ink served over a rich corn polenta.
4. Amazing Architecture
Many writers and artists who describe Venice mention the way the light is reflected in the city. The medieval architecture is a variety of colours in some places and when the light hits the structures in the morning it is an entirely different scene from the evening sunset. Some of the most amazing architecture to explore includes the Palazzo Ducale, the Torre dell’Orologio, the Basilica di San Marco and the San Giacomo di Rialto, a church built in the fifth century. Simply strolling around Venice on foot allows you to see all these incredible structures and more.
5. Affordable Accommodation Options
Perhaps the only downside to the beautiful city of Venice is that it can be expensive at times. Unfortunately, accommodation costs are often the largest part of a vacation budget. While the hotels may be expensive, Venice apartments can be a far more cost-effective alternative that saves travellers money. A self catering holiday means that you rent a home or an apartment in Venice and enjoy a fully equipped kitchen for your own use. Buy fresh local foods from the Rialto Market or the i Tre Mercanti and prepare classic Italian meals for a portion of the price of restaurant meals three times per day.