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So if you meet a new partner on a dating site, someone you feel an instant connection with, planning a romantic break to Italy would elevate your blossoming relationship to new heights. There are few European cities capable of conjuring such a romantic backdrop as Venice. Built atop 188 islands in a sprawling lagoon, the Renaissance architecture, serene public squares, bridges, and palaces, have been a magnet for amorous couples for decades. As for the gondola rides! Lounging in the back of a boat being steered around the tranquil waterways and elegant buildings is an activity that simply oozes romance. With that being said, here are our suggestions for five must-see places to visit.
Take a relaxing journey in the company of one of the city’s expert gondoliers as they deftly navigate the narrow canals with their long oars in their trademark striped shirts and boater hats. Once the chief way of getting from A to B in Venice, this is surely the activity that springs to mind when the very name Venice is mentioned? Your pilot might look as if they’ll be developing muscular arms with all that steering, but these vessels incorporate well-disguised motors to make your voyage even more relaxing. You can pick up your gondola at any of Venice’s main bridges.
Famed for its glassmaking, the island of Murano is accessible from main city by bridges, or even more memorably, via the waterways. You can book a motor ride to this unspilt island archipelago, and when you alight, stroll around pastel-colored houses while haggling with the street vendors selling a variety of intriguing souvenirs. You can go for guided tours around the glass factories and marvel at the artisans practicing their ancient skills, then stop off at the shops selling a range of their wonderfully handcrafted ornaments.
Sipping wine and follow in Casanova’s path
Born in what was then the Republic of Venice in 1725, Giacomo Casanova’s name has become synonymous with affairs if the heart. A fearless adventurer, his autobiography has become known as one of the definitive sources of 18th-century Western European customs and culture. But it was as a serial womanizer that this Venetian has gone down in history. You can savor his native city as he did, sharing a bottle of wine in the famous Do Spade Bar, close to the Rialto Bridge. You could also take a stroll over to another famous landmark, the Doge’s Palace, where he was once imprisoned.
St Mark’s Square
There are so many landmarks in Venice that the term begins to lose some of its currency! Another romantic destination that should top your list is a trip to St Mark’s Square. Here you can marvel at the surrounding architecture, from the majestic domes of the Basilica San Marco to the ornate Gothic design of the Doge’s Palace. The latter, formerly the abode of Venice’s head of state, is an architectural delight that will make a fabulous setting for your holiday snaps. Now a museum, this is another venue you can’t miss when you visit the city.
Lunch at Torcello island
Making your way to this romantic retreat will take you through winding streets, crammed with eyecatching shops and historic buildings, and past the jaw-dropping Byzantine Cathedral. Climb aboard a waterbus and venture to Torcello Island, once a favorite haunt of the American author Ernest Hemingway. Worthy of inspiring a great wordsmith, you can also savor the ambiance, and book a secluded table for two at the Locanda restaurant for a hearty sun-soaked feast on the terrace, on the shaded pergola.