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One of the world’s most romantic cities should be on any couple’s list and Venice and its 15 million annual visitors  and who knows how many gondola proposals – is a testament to that.

Here’s 11 tips to get the romance rolling on your Venice holiday.

If you’re still stuck make sure to check out our ideas for a romantic getaway.

Get Tipsy on the Original Bellini at Harry’s Bar

How can a white peach puree cocktail not be a good idea? The home of the Bellini was a favourite of Hemingway, Orson Welles, and Charlie Chaplin and is a true throwback to the 1930’s – if only the prices matched 😉

two bellinis at harry's bar venice italy
@thefoode via Instagram

Spoil Yourself Sleeping at the Royal San Marco

If you’re going to the world’s most romantic city it’s a good idea to get the hotel to match – this four star charmer with fine decor and antique furnishings sets the mood like nowhere else, all in an elegant setting steps away from St. Mark’s Square.

a luxury room at the royal san marco hotel venice
via http://www.royalsanmarcovenice.com/

Go for a (Predictable) Gondola Ride

You’ll regret it if you don’t. This simple yet expensive activity starts at about €80 for 40 minutes but there’s hardly anything more romantic than the gentle pulse of a gondolier’s oar guiding you through a peaceful highway of canals at sundown.

a woman in a gondola in venice italy
@signe.lim via Instagram

See the City from Saint Mark’s Bell Tower

This 99 meter tall tower with an unmatched panoramic view of the city actually collapsed in 1902 and had to be rebuilt. Today visitors can take a risk-free tour to the top for €8.

the view from Saint Mark's Square Tower
@_damcam via Instagram

Split a Tiramisu at Tre Mercanti

This creamy, coffee-flavoured dessert that actually means ‘pick me up’ in Italian became an international sensation from its humble beginnings in nearby Treviso.

It’s no surprise that some of the best in the world is found at Venice’s Tre Mercanti – grab two spoons and dig into their impossibly light, velvety deliciousness and let reality fade away!

a tiramisu at tre mercanti venice
@sarahhhly via Instagram

Wander the Streets Late, Late at Night

The tourist chaos of daylight Venice winds down by the hour until only a few brave souls remain.

This is the perfect time to grab your lover by the hand and take them canal-side to hear the gentle sound of the lagoon splashing against the concrete – with wine. Bring wine.

venice's piazza san marco at night
@f.pascu via Instagram

Eat Bigoli with Shellfish

This traditional tube-like Venetian pasta is kind of a spaghetti on steroids and goes perfectly with the crustacean overdose you’ll receive when you order it allo scoglio (‘from the rocks’).

Feel free to recreate the scene from Lady and the Tramp but mind the shells 😉

a plate of bigoli with shellfish
@thebaghag via Instagram

Take a Wrong Turn on Purpose

Like relationships there’s really something special and poetic about taking a wrong turn, panicking, and ending up finding something beautiful regardless – so turn off the smart phones and get exploring.

a man walking the streets of venice
@4maria7 via Instagram

Get Gelato at Grom and Go for a Walk

What’s sweeter than that romance you’ve got going on? Sorry, but it’s gelato.

Italians eat it after dinner on long evening walks and there are no better streets for this than Venice – grab your scoops at Grom for high quality ice cream made with the highest quality ingredients.

two ice cream cones in venice italy
@sooyeonwi via Instagram

See the Sunset from the Giardini Pubblici

Venice’s biggest green space is a great place to escape the tourist chaos and an even greater place to watch the sun set behind the Venetian skyline.

a sunset from the giardini pubblici venice
@ginmagination

Prosecco with a View at Skyline Bar

This sleek and modern rooftop bar serves fine varieties of another of the area’s most well-known exports: prosecco. Grab a couple flutes high above the city, watch the boats pass by on the Gran Canal, and soak it all up baby – you’re in Venice!

the view from skyline rooftop bar venice
@cristy2177 via Instagram

❤ Ready for a romantic weekend?
Take me to Venice!

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