Thy sun-illumined spires, thy crown and crest!
White phantom city, whose untrodden streets
Are rivers, and whose pavements are the shifting
Shadows of palaces and strips of sky;
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “Venice”
For traveling couples, visiting Venice, Italy is a dream come true. There are few places that rival the magic that Venice works on lovers. You have your tickets purchased. Now what? How can you make your visit to the City of Bridges match your romantic expectations? The Fighting Couple is ready and here to help. The following our some of our best couple travel ideas for your Venice adventure.
Venice Gondola ride—
Ok…lets get the easy one out of the way. As you likely know, the Fighting Couple hates spending money on really touristy type things. Couple travel is expensive! Taking a gondola ride in Venice is just that. With that said…shell out the Euros and take your sweetie on a ride. (The official cost for a 40-minute gondola ride is €80 and €100 after 7pm). It’s just money. Isn’t your lover worth it? You don’t need a reservation. Just show up, agree on price and time you want, and bon voyage!
La Fenice during Intermission—
Located in the heart of Venice is the wonderful Fenice Opera House. The Fenice or Phoenix is appropriately named, it has been built and burnt down twice. Today’s version is a result of a 90 million euro renovation. It is stunning. Enjoy the first two acts of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Take your lover by the hand, look into each other’s eyes and capture a kiss. (Don’t wait till the opera ends….it doesn’t end well. Sorry to ruin it.) Tickets and info: www.teatrolafenice.it/site/index.php
Slow Dance on St. Mark’s Square at sunset—
This one is our fave! The square is lined by restaurants that waft their culinary delights into the salty air. The lights dim. The notes of a lonely accordion linger in the distance. The perfect recipe for love!
If you need some advice on how to kiss…please read our instructions: How to Kiss Correctly.
Find a lonely alley in the Dorsoduro district-–
Next to the Grand Canal is a wonderful section of Venice, the Dorsoduro district. There are a number of meandering alleys with wonderful shops and coffee stands. Spend a warm afternoon going from shop to shop. Take your camera as there are some wonderful mansions and Palazzos to take in. This area of Venice is often called the “real” Venice. It is home to the Galleria Dell’ Academia and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Both of these sites are must sees for anyone venturing to Venice.
Stroll across the Rialto Bridge—
Find your own Casanova and then follow the original Casanova’s footsteps across the Rialto Bridge. The Bridge is one of the most recognizable icons of the water city. Climb to the apex and watch the boats below. It can be a bit crowded at times, it is best to get your pictures early.
St Mark’s Campanile Bell Tower—
One of the best ways to take in the grand city is atop the bell tower of St. Marks. Perched 99 metres above the square, you can look over the red roofs of the entire city. Pull you lover close as the cool ocean breezes tussle your hair. The views offered from the top are truly breathtaking. Taking the stairs will help you burn off some of that wonderful Italian gelato. For more info on St. Marks.
Are you looking for a romantic restaurant away from the hustle and bustle? We have the perfect place for you and you sweet heart. Take the water bus across the bay to the Hilton. Turn left after walking off the boat and head to Harry’s Dolci. This is a Fighting Couple’s fave haunt. The last time we were in Venice we went there twice for dinner! What to order you ask? If it’s on the menu, it is going to be good. Don’t miss their bruschetta. YUM! Of course eating is the second best thing you can do with your lips at Harry’s. It’s Amore!
Ok, now go and book your tickets to Venice. Pack your Brics Luggage, don’t forget to include a warm sweater. Then follow our simple recipe for making the perfect romantic visit to Venice! Send us your pictures!
Did we miss your favorite place in Venice? Sorry. Shoot us a quick comment below. Enjoy Venice!