Venice is a picturesque city in Northern Italy. It is known as the ‘city of canals’ and the ‘floating city’ due to the fact that it is spread out over 100 small islands within a lagoon off the Adriatic sea. You will have no need for a car as there are no roads, only canals. Venice is considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world with its winding canals, incredible architecture, fascinating history, sumptuous wines and of course incredible gelato. It is definitely a city that’s not hard to fall in love with. Seems fitting that the world’s most famous seducer, Casanova, was born here.
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Venice is also known as the ‘city of bridges’, there are more than 400 of them that cross over the 170 canal ways. That is why the best way to get around this unique city is by walking or taking river taxis. The most common Italian greeting was actually thought up in Venice, ‘ciao’ which can be heard not only throughout Italy but is commonly used elsewhere across the globe. One of the most iconic things about Venice has to be the gondolas. No vacation to this amazing city is complete without a ride in a gondola. It is actually quite difficult to get a gondolier license, the city only issues a couple of new licenses each year. Not only that but the gondolas have to be black by law. This is to prevent there being any unfair competition with colorful gondolas stealing the majority of trade.
There are 3 things that you need to buy while in Venice, a gelato ice cream as they are the best in the world, a piece of Murano glass and a venetian mask. These are things that are iconic to this wonderful destination. Best to grab them while on your next vacation as Venice is actually sinking. It won’t be completely submerged until 2100 scientists predict but still, you may as well get some treasures from this historic place before it’s gone. Venice experiences 4 seasons, although quite mild, the coldest month is January with lows of 39°F and the hottest month is July when temperatures topping 82°F.
On this custom Tripio top 10 itinerary list, you will find the perfect combination to woo a potential love interest, spend a honeymoon or even bring some sparkle and spice back to your relationship. Why not get on the Tripio app and start building your custom itinerary to woo your lover in this romantic Italian city. What better than a vacation in Venice.
Kicking off our custom top 10, well, its wine of course. Venissa Wine Resort offers a 5 star wine tasting experience. They not only feature wine tasting from wine off their own vineyard but have an on-site restaurant serving Michelin star meals and offer hotel resort rooms if you wish to stay. This beautiful wine resort is set on a picturesque tiny island that is accessible by boat, how romantic?
Torcello is a tiny historical island and is famous for housing the Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell’Assunta which was constructed in 639. The iconic 11th century bell tower can be seen from everywhere on the island. One of the most spectacular views is available from the top of the Campanile, so I would suggest giving that a climb. This little island is also known for being the place that the famous writer Ernest Hemingway used to go to to write. The island sparks imagination and overall has a romantic feel to it with their intricate architecture and bridges.
Magic Venice Carnival Mask Making Shop is a traditional Venetian family-run business that started in the mid 70’s. One of the things that Venice is famous for is their Venetian masks. Well, this shop makes exquisite ones to get you ready for the grand masquerade ball. The Venice Carnival is held annually in February and lasts for about a week. This is where people celebrate in the streets of Venice dressed in traditional Venetian costumes, of course, only completed by a gorgeous mask. You definitely should bring your own mask home with you. They are iconic and gorgeous. I mean, talk about purchasing the perfect souvenir from your travels to Venice.
Murano is a small island off of Venice that is famous for its glass blowing. At the Original Murano Glass OMG® Factory, they provide free glass blowing demonstrations to show exactly how these incredible pieces of art are created. Murano glass is renowned the world over because of its high quality. You may as well purchase a couple of pieces for yourself as it makes for the best souvenirs of Venice. These professional glass blowers have been in the trade for centuries and it shows.
St. Mark’s Square is also known as Piazza San Marco and is considered to be one of the finest squares in the world and was referred to as the ‘world’s best drawing room’ by Napoleon. The square is in the center of the most prominent buildings in Venice making it the heart of Venice. Walk around the square, take in the sights or even sit down for some lunch at one of the cafes.
Burano is a small island north of downtown Venice. It is adorned with colorful buildings that are just so pretty against the contrast of the water around it. Now, a prime fishing location, this used to be the home of lace making in Italy and you can still take a lace making workshop if you wish. A day out here is well worth it, don’t forget to stop in at one of the many seafood restaurants on the island. What travel adventure bucket list is complete without an island of colorful buildings on it? I mean, think of the ‘gram’.
Doge’s Palace is a marvelous Gothic palace overlooking the lagoon that houses residential apartments, council chambers and even prison cells. The palace’s interior showcases stunning artwork by Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, A.Vittoria and Tiepolo. One of the most impressive aspects of this palace is their hand-painted murals, some as long as 1,000 feet.
Teatro La Fenice is a lavish Venetian style performing arts theatre that presents concerts, plays, ballets and opera. This beautiful theatre is adorned with lavish décor, painted ceilings and gold trimmed balconies. This incredible theatre was built in 1792 and has had to be rebuilt 3 times in its history due to fires. You can purchase a ticket to just view the theatre or book to see a show in it.
A romantic vacation is not complete without some sweet treats on the itinerary. Italy is the home of Gelato, you cannot complete a trip to Italy without having several gelatos. The difference between gelato and ice cream is that gelato uses more milk rather than cream and doesn’t add any egg yolks.
In Venice, there is a gelato store on every corner so how do you know which one is the best? Bacaro del Gelato is an award-winning gelato store with many critics dubbing it as the best in Venice and some even say the best in Italy. Check out their variety of flavors as there is bound to be one that takes your fancy.
When creating your custom itinerary on the Tripio app, ensure you carefully select your preferences. We, at Tripio have done all the research for you to ensure your next vacation is full of all the right attractions and adventures to suit you individually. The Tripio app will generate custom top 10 lists based on your preferences. We want to make sure you tick off your bucket list and maybe even find some more adventures and vacation destinations to add to your list.
The Grand Canal is undoubtedly the most famous attraction in Venice. The canal connects Venice’s main waterways which is lined with grand palaces and stately homes that date as far back as the 13th century. The impressive palaces remind us of the great wealth and power the Venetians once possessed.
There are gondolas, water taxis and water buses to take you down the canal. The gondola of course being the most iconic way to experience this beautiful canal. There are plenty of gondola venders around the canal and so you can be sure to strike up a deal on the day. Miraculously, there are even wheelchair accessible gondolas in Venice now so that everyone can experience the grand canal. Travel around Venice in style, it’s really the only way to experience all that is Venice. I hope you have enjoyed my top 10, thank you for reading, safe travels and until next time. Why not start saving some destinations on the Tripio app for your future vacations. What’s more romantic than planning a holiday together with your lover.
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-Gemma Winchester, Tripio Guru