If you were to ask someone what the most romantic city in the world is, you’re probably going to get one of two answers. Most people, perhaps, will say Paris, though I’m sure many of these people haven’t actually been on a romantic holiday in Paris. Others will tell you that it’s the Italian city of Venice. (You might get someone try to claim it’s New York City. Don’t pay attention to them. Just walk away.)
Venice is often spoken about in the context of the artistic masterpieces you can find there. But Venice itself is a sort of artistic masterpiece. Let me conjure up some images for you. Unique, winding alleyways. Extraordinary art museums and palaces. Calm and clean canals. There’s no doubt that Venice is a beautiful city, and a very romantic one, too. Is it better than Paris? For my money, yes.
So what can you do in Venice? Here are some suggestions that will make you trip to this great city absolutely unforgettable.
Go on a gondola ride
What, you were ever planning on going to Venice without experiencing a gondola ride? It’s such a classic image that it seems almost pointless to go to Italy without taking a gondola along one of its beautiful waterways.
You can, of course, hire a gondola that comes with someone who will row it for you. And yes, just like in the movies, this person may croon for you. But if you want something more private, you can just hire the gondola and go off down the famous canals with your friends or loved one.
Experience its incredible food
The Italians know how to do many things better than anyone else in the world. And one of those things could very well be cooking. If you’re going to Italy, you’re sure to be fed some of the finest dishes a human being can possibly consume. But Italian food isn’t some homogenous thing. Its food is very regionalized, perhaps more than in any other country in the world.
So when we talk about Italian food, we should really be more specific. Thankfully, Venetian food is perhaps the most famous (and envied!) cooking style in the country. If you’re in Venice, it would be a shame if you were to miss out on a Chicchetti tour.
Check out amazing art both classic and contemporary
Ever heard of the Italian Renaissance? Surely you have. If you haven’t, here’s what you need to know. It was one of the world’s most glorious and creative artistic periods. The works of many of the greatest painters and sculptors of all time can be seen right here in the famous museums. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello – you name a classic Italian artist. Their work will be found right here in Venice.
Of course, when people think of art, they often think back to the classics. But don’t forget that amazing paintings and sculptures are still being produced today! We don’t have to transport ourselves back to the 14th or 18th century to see gorgeous, thought-provoking art. Right here in Venice are some world-class contemporary artists.