Venice, a city of romance with its unique blend of water and art makes it a perfect choice as an Italy honeymoon destination. The city represents an urban landscape so rich in its lavishness that it can be overwhelming yet feel intimate as you weave through its narrow streets during your Venice honeymoon. Built on water, this 1,000 year old city captivates travelers with its artistic and architectural point of view. Though known for its sites and canals, various parts of the year offer Venetian events such as Carnival which is celebrated for ten days leading up to Lent. If your honeymoon is in September, you may also see the Regatta Storica which is an annual trial of strength and skill for the city’s gondoliers and begins with a procession of richly decorated historic craft along the Grand Canal. The city also hosts the Venice Biennale, a showpiece for international contemporary art that is held every odd-numbered year from June to September. Still, no matter when you walk this city’s streets or ride the waters of its Canal, here are 7 reasons to consider Venice among your honeymoon ideas:

1. Private tours of the city

There are many private tours that can be experienced during your time here. On a Venice walking tour, you will experience the history of the city while visiting some of its most celebrated monuments through a labyrinth of narrow passageways. For a special VIP treat, take the Secret Itineraries tour at the Doge’s Palace located on Saint Mark’s Square. The tour of the behind-the-scenes rooms will give you a glimpse into the inner workings of the once powerful Venetian Republic.

2. Piazza San Marco and the Basilica

The “drawing room of Europe”, this is the main public square of Venice and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. Upon approaching the area you will notice it is dominated by the Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Clock Tower of the Piazza. The Basilica is a grand site with more than 86,000 square feet of golden mosaics covering the walls, vaults and cupolas all depicting stories of the Bible.

3. Gondola Rides

For centuries, these flat-bottomed boats were the primary mode of transportation around Venice. Unique to this city built on the water, couples can take to the canal by day or night with an expert in Venetian history and culture, their own private gondolier. No honeymoon in Venice would be complete without this romantic experience of seeing the Grand Canal by gondola.

4. Venetian Cuisine

Whenever in Italy for honeymoon, sampling the local cuisine should receive top ranking as a “must have” experience and Venice is no exception. Because of its location on the water, seafood is a big feature of the Venetian diet and the best restaurants of the city source it locally from the Lagoon. For fantastic dining experiences, try the Osteria Boccadora and Antiche Carampane, two of the top restaurants in Venice. The Osteria Boccadora is a typical Venetian restaurant but located away from the tourist trail in a quiet Venetian square. It serves traditional Venetian dishes using only fresh fish, homemade pasta, vegetables and local ingredients. The atmosphere of the restaurant is simple and elegant, and there is a small private dining room to enjoy a private romantic dinner. The Antiche Carampane is one of the city’s oldest trattorias (Italian restaurant serving simple food) and is located near the Rialto Bridge. Its authentic menu features traditional cooking, fresh wild fish, handmade sweets and biscuits.

5. Cooking Classes

An elite experience, couples can learn Venetian style cooking under the guidance of a professional chef. Some classes begin by visiting the historic Rialto Food Markets where you can learn the secrets of choosing the best ingredients for the upcoming meal. You will receive step- by-step instructions and savor the reward of the flavors, textures and seasonings of Italian cuisine made by your own hand.

6. Island Tours

The romance of Venice is found as much inland as it is offshore through an island tour. Take a private boat excursion of the Venetian islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Murano Island is the center of the city’s famous glass-making industry, while Burano is well known for its lace-making. Torcello was once the busiest island yet is now largely deserted. However it is worth visiting for the magnificent Byzantine-Italian cathedral, which dates back to 639 AD.

7. Luxury Accommodations

Not to be overlooked are the many luxury hotels in Venice. Two hotels to consider for your honeymoon are the Luna Baglioni and the Westin Europa & Regina. Placed in the heart of Venice, the Luna Baglioni faces San Marco Basin and the island of San Giorgio. This hotel is housed in a magnificent aristocratic Venetian palace providing an intimate and luxurious feel for travelers. Another one of the romantic hotels in Venice is that of the Westin Europa & Regina located on the Grand Canal. Facing the Baroque church of Santa Maria della Salute it rests in a peaceful corner of the city yet provides access to famous monuments such as the Piazza San Marco.

A city built on romance, Venice inspires many reasons to visit its canals during a honeymoon to Italy. Whether Venice is your choice for your entire stay or just a few days’ time, this fascinating city will captivate your heart as part of any Italy honeymoon package. Though a city charming to see, these 7 reasons top the list for why choosing Venice for honeymoon is the best decision to make.

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