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Most Romantic Things to Do in Venice

Venice is the city of romance. It is a charming, atmospheric, and captivating destination for a romantic getaway, whether it be a honeymoon in Venice or just a long weekend away.

The city is built on more than 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea. Its iconic canals are surrounded by beautiful churches, palaces, bell towers, and restaurants. It provides the perfect setting to forget the your worries and go on long romantic strolls.

Because romantic Venice is such a popular location, it is important to choose your timing carefully. During peak season it can be suffocatingly busy so it is best not to go in April, May, June, September, or October.

Here is a list of the most romantic things to do in Venice and some of Venice’s best kept secrets to help you plan an unforgettable trip.

Watch the sunset over Venice

Sunsets in Venice are particularly special , especially if you’re with your partner. The sun’s glow over the Venice skyline makes for the ultimate romantic moment. Venice transforms as the sun goes down and there are numerous spots to witness its beauty. The park at Sant’Elena, the Guidecca Canal, and the shore of Giardini Pubblici are just a few of the romantic spots in Venice to see it.

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Go to the opera

As Shakespeare said, “if music be the food of love, play on”. What better place to see an opera with your loved one than Venice? The city is home to one of the world’s most famous opera houses, Theatre La Fenice. The great Italian 19th century composers, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi all performed there, making sure the theatre would go down in Italian operatic history. Make sure you book tickets early as it’s one of the most popular things for couples to do in Venice.

opera in venice - Theatre La Fenice

Dance in St Mark’s square

Dancing in St Mark’s Square is one of the most special things to do in Venice. During the day locals and tourists come to the square to admire the stunning architecture while others pray at the Basilica. In the evening, the square is buzzing with competing musicians and orchestras. There is a lively atmosphere and some fantastic restaurants. Dancing in the square is fun, free, and encouraged.

dance in st. Mark square venice

Ride a gondola through the canals

When you think of romantic things to do in Venice, slowly being taken through the canals on a water taxi is the first thing that springs to mind. If you are on a romantic break in Venice this is a must. A gondola ride is relaxing, intimate, and magical and lets you see Venice in its purest form. Rides normally last between 40-60 minutes and typically start from St Mark’s Square.

gondola through the canals

Relax on Lido Island

Although Venice isn’t famed for its coastlines, there are some stunning places to relax. The Venice Lido is a long, narrow island which has more than 11 kilometers of sandy beaches. There are both private and public and private beaches. Whether you’re seeking tranquility, exclusive beach bars, or watersports, it’s there. You can go kayaking, jet skiing, and even sunbathe nude if you want to. The island is perfect for a romantic trip to Venice.

relax in lido island venice

Visit the Doge Palace

The Palace was the historical residence of the supreme authority of Venice (the Doge of Venice). The grandiose structure is one of the best things to do in venice for couples interested in architecture, art, and history. Built in the Venetian Gothic style, the palace dated back to the 9th century. There are many sections of the site to see including the Museo dell’Opera, the chambers, the courtyard, and the medieval prison cells.

visit doge palace venice

Explore the city’s nightlife

Put on your dancing shoes and explore the rich variety of Venetian nightclubs restaurants, and cocktail bars. The night starts young in comparison to many other Southern European cities and many bars do close relatively early. The locals tend to go out for dinner and enjoy a few drinks afterwards. There are a number of romantic places in Venice where you can go out, especially in the areas around Rialto and Erbaria, Fontamenta della Misericorida, and Campo Santa Margherita.

venice city’s nightlife