Saturday, April 7, 2012

Love is in the Air in Venice (Italy)

guest post by Francesca Edwards

As one of the most romantic cities in the world, its no wonder Venice is such a popular choice for romantic breaks and honeymoons. For those who like to know exactly what they’re in for and like to plan to the last detail, here are a few tips to make your trip to Venice as romantic as possible.

1. Gondola ride… at Sunset

This one can be slightly challenging to organise as it involves perfect timing. However, get it right and the results will be magical. Perhaps one of the romantic activities of all time, floating through the Venetian lagoon on an old-fashioned gondola, past all the charming Venetian architecture will be guaranteed to woo your partner. If you’re lucky you may even be able to convince your gondolier to sing you a nice little verse of Pavarotti’s Nessun Dorma.

2. Spontaneous kiss

By this I don’t mean full on snogging in the middle of the street, ideally you want to sweep your partner off their feet in a nice romantic and civilised way. One of the best place to do this in Venice is on one of the bridges, the more tucked away, the more romantic (having other tourists taking pictures of you mid kiss or being bumped about will take the edge off it – trust me). The Tre Arche Bridge is a short walk from the heart of Venice presents a nice and private sweep your partner off their feet opportunity.

3. Re-enact the scene from Lady and the Tramp

So this can technically be done anywhere in the world (as long as you have access to some spaghetti and meatballs), however it’ll be all that more special in Italy, the land of pasta and romance. All you need to do is find a little restaurant which has spaghetti and meatballs on the menu and ask for two portions to share. Ideally you’ll pick a candlelit restaurant, await your pasta, and just as you get down to the last string of spaghetti - take one end of it each place it in your mouth and suck until you lips touch and mwah! There you have it; the perfect Lady and the Tramp kiss… awww.

4. Perfect Accommodation

Accommodation can make or break any romantic trip so when it comes to picking your love nest choose wisely. You’ll find it’s really difficult to get a secluded romantic atmosphere in hotels and hostels, simply because you’re surrounded by hundreds of other people doing the exact same thing as you – and let’s face it, there’s nothing romantic about being in crowd. This is why when my boyfriend and I decided to go on a romantic Venice break we rented a Venice holiday apartment. We certainly didn’t regret it – taking long baths together, cooking our very own dinners, filling our kitchen cabinets and fridge full of amazing Italian food from the supermarket, no having to worry about the maid disrupting you in the mornings… It was the perfect holiday accommodation for the perfect holiday.

For the perfect romantic holiday in on eof the most romantic cities in the world, a little planning can ensure that a good holiday turns into a vacation of a lifetime.

Photo Credits: night, gondola, bridge, Lady and the Tramp


Secure Storage said...

Venice is truly a magnificent place, but, imho, in the air over there is not only love, but also the sewer reek here and there. Also, the humidity in the air needs a couple of hours to get used to. And some buildings outside the "tourist paths" are in grave need of renovation. These downsides aside, Venice is really a great destination!

Where to stay in Bangkok said...

Italy is a very romantic place and there you can enjoy a lot if you will be with couple

Mark H said...

@secure storage: I think the unrenovated buildings is part of the charm of Venice - history just rolls from every pore of these grand arhcitectural structures.

goody said...

I love Venice! It's at the top of my bucket list! I love the fact that there are no cars and you can go around only by boats! So romantic and unusual!

Mark H said...

@goody: Very unusual. Florence is my favourite of the big Italian tourist cities.

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