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Celebrating Valentine’s Day 2018 in Venice – Romantic things to do

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Valentine’s Day 2018 in Venice can be the best vacation in so many ways. Imagine standing on the Bridge of Sighs on February 14, 2018 and kissing your love?

So, what are you waiting for? It’s the right time to plan your trip to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2018 in Venice. Since a lot of couples in love will be heading to Venice for the Valentine’s Day, it helps to plan early.

Venice deserves at least a week. You need at least seven days to cherish your romance as well as the city. Venice is all about romance! Even if you are not a very romantic person, you will become one once you breathe in Venice air.

In Venice, the chances of falling in love are also high. So it doesn’t matter if you are only friends. Just bring your partner to the city of possibilities. To know what your Valentine’s Day 2018 itinerary in Venice should be, check out our suggestions below:

Things to do in Venice on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Tip 1. Gondola Ride

Valentine's day gondola ride in Venice
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Now, what’s the one thing that comes to mind when we think of “Venice”? Nothing but the ever popular and ever romantic ‘Gondola Ride’. Your romantic trip to Venice on Valentine’s Day would be incomplete without experiencing a Gondola ride with your valentine. We recommend a walk around the city of Venice to check out the interesting things around and tire yourself. Once you can’t walk anymore, hop onto one of classic gondola boats and enjoy a 30-minute ride through the big and small canals. Don’t miss the churches on the banks.

Book a classic Gondola ride

If you prefer something more luxurious, we suggest the Grand Canal Boat Tour

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Valentine’s Day Tip 2. Walk over the Bridges of Sighs

Valentine's day walk on bridge of sighs Venice
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Bridges of Sighs is one of the most famous and beautiful sights in Venice. Earlier, prisoners from the examining rooms were led to their cells or execution chamber through here. They would sigh as they got to see the last glimpses of Venice through the windows. And that’s how this bridge got its name: Bridges of Sighs. But now this bridge has become one of the most romantic sights in Venice. Go for a stroll at bridges of sighs on Valentine’s Day. I can assure that its romantic ambiance will mesmerize you.

Valentine’s Day Tip 3. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with seafood

Seafood in Venice on Valentine's Day
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Venice is heaven for seafood lovers and you should definitely try Venetian dishes. To have the best seafood in Venice, avoid tourist-trap restaurants. In stead, go to the well-known alleys where you will get the good Venetian dishes. The roasted eel, creamed and dried cod and many more such dishes are worth tasting. If you are not a fish lover then you can still have some mouth-watering dishes of meat and rice.

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Valentine’s Day Tip 4. Enjoy show at Avanspettacolo Theatre & Restaurant

Valentine's day show Avanspettacolo Venice
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A visit to this theatre for a dinner show makes perfect sense for a couple in love. Enjoy a delicious gala dinner with singers, dancers, acrobats and musicians. Imagine how exciting this will be as enjoy the delicious wine and dinner. This romantic Venice experience is nothing short of a magical music night. No wonder tourists call it the Moulin Rouge time and again.

Book tickets for Venice dinner show at Avanspettacolo theatre & restaurant

Valentine’s Day Tip 5. Visit an island near Venice

Celebrate Valentine's Day in Burano island
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If you want to do something romantic on Valentine’s Day 2018, I’d suggest you visit another island in the Venice lagoon. Try out islands Murano, Torcello or Burano. Murano is the nearest and the most famous island as well so be ready to see a lot of visitors. It can be fun if you have never seen glass being blown before. Burano is little further than Murano and less crowded as well. It is full of colorful houses and lace-making boutiques. Burano can be an awesome destination for a romantic day-trip on Valentine’s Day 2018. If you want to spend some alone time with your spouse or partner, head a bit further to Torcello. This is the furthest island from the Venice city. You will not get much of a crowd here. This is the perfect place for a romantic stroll as most of the land is nature reserve.

Valentine’s Day Tip 6. Visit the historic yet romantic places in Venice

Visit St Marks Basilica on Valentine's Day
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Did you know that Venice is the World’s longest existing Republic? Did you know that men who were running away from barbarians built the beautiful city of Venice? Venice is steeped in history. Visiting its historical places is a great way to spend the whole day with your partner. As a romantic couple. you can go on a second trip to these historical places – such is the lure of Venetian architecture. There are some of the tours we highly recommend: Book tickets for St Mark’s Basilica (with an English speaking guide)

Or if you both love history, we suggest you buy this Venice City Pass, which gives you access to Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Biblioteca Marciana, Ca Rezzonico, Palazzo Mocenigo, Carlo Goldoni’s House, Ca’ Pesaro, Glass Museum, Lace Museum, Natural History Museum and the Doge’s Palace itself. Book your Venice City Pass

If you don’t have much time, go for Skip The Line tickets for Doge’s Palace

Valentine’s Day Tip 7. Dance in St. Mark’s Square

Valentine's day dance in venice
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For me, dancing together is the best way to express love. You too can enhance your love by dancing with your Valentine at St. Mark’s Square. When the night approaches take the hand of your Valentine and have a dance under the moon at St. Mark’s. Know any better way to end the Valentine’s day?

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Valentine’s Day Tip 8. Watch a performance at La Fenice Opera House

Valentine's day at La Fenice Opera House
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Built in 1792 this is one of the oldest opera houses in the World. A nice mix of local patrons and international tourists frequent this place. Hence, the popularity of this theatre has surged in recent past. During your Valentine’s Day 2018 visit to Venice, we recommend you watch a performance here. Trust us, your partner will love it. Before you book a performance, you can go for a tour of the place and decide for yourself.

Book a tour of La Fenice Opera House

Romantic places in Venice to propose

Venice is full of romantic places and sights so it won’t be tough for you to find a place to propose to your valentine. You can propose on a Gondola ride on one of many canals. Or, you can go on top of one of many beautiful bridges of Venice and pop up the big question. Last but not least, you can propose your sweetie at the Piazza San Marco.

Romantic places in Venice to kiss

Best place Valentine's Day kiss in Venice
Rialto Bridge, where the real Casanova took his romantic conquests to wine and dine. Image: Telegraph.co.uk

Bridges of Sighs wins hands down when we talk about the best place in Venice to kiss. So, grab her (or his!) hand and walk to the bridges of sighs to give her (or him) the most beautiful memories of lifetime.

Besides the Bridges of Sighs, there are a few other places where you can steal the most romantic of kisses in Venice. Take for instance, the Gondola ride. When your partner is least expecting it, surprise them by pulling them close and planting one on the lips. You can also plan a slow dance at St Mark’s Square during sunset and kiss your partner under the golden glow of the sun.

If you and your partner love history, we highly recommend Rialto Bridge for a nice long romantic kiss. The real Casanova used this bridge to wine and dine his romantic conquests. So it makes perfect sense to for a couple in love to use this bridge.

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Most romantic hotels in Venice

You need a nice place to stay as your explore the beauty and romance of Venice. To get the best deals we strongly recommend booking in advance. A lot of couples like you will be heading out to the city of love. Here are some of the most romantic hotels in Venice:

Romantic Hotel 1. Hotel Palazzo Stern

This is one of the top rated romantic hotels of Venice. It’s magnificent building and location are the major attraction for visitors.

Address: Dorsoduro 2792-2794/A-2792/B, 30123 Venice, Italy

Rating: 4.5

Romantic Hotel 2. Hotel Moresco

Hotel Moresco is famous for its great location and excellent standards. If you want to make your Valentine’s Day 2018 a memorable experience go ahead and book. Visitors who have stayed here have called this hotel “Treasure of Venice”.

Address: Sestiere Dorsoduro 3499, 30123 Venice, Italy

Rating: 5

Romantic Hotel 3. Al Ponte Antico Hotel

Situated on the Grand Canal, this hotel is the best place money can buy. Excellent locality and breathtaking views from the hotel make it one of the most romantic hotels of Venice.

Address: Cannaregio 5768, 30131 Venice, Italy

Rating: 5

Romantic Hotel 4. The Gritti Palace

To have a truly luxurious and royalty-like experience on your Valentine’s Day you should consider the Gritti Palace. This hotel is the epitome of perfection with it’s attentive staff and service.

Address: Campo Santa Maria del Giglio 2467, 30124 Venice, Italy

Rating: 5

Romantic Hotel 5. CimaRosa

In this romantic hotel of Venice you will find everything on the high end. The location is perfect. The building is stunning too. The wonderful staff here are ready to make every single moment of stay memorable. And of course, every single penny spent will be worth it.

Address: 1958 Santa Croce, 30123 Venice, Italy

Rating: 5

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Most romantic places to eat in Venice

In Venice, they know how to make its visitors fall in love with their culinary skills. Here is the list of some romantic places where you should eat to make your stay in Venice more romantic.

Romantic Restaurant #1 Ai Tre Spiedi: Located on Salizzada San Cazian, this place is ideal for seafood.

Romantic Restaurant #2 Taverna San Trovaso: Located on Fondamenta Priuli, this place is famous for its grilled fish.

Romantic Restaurant #3 Fiaschetteria Toscana: Very close to Rialto Bridge, this is a great place for authentic Venetian dishes.

Romantic Restaurant #4 Al Covo: Famous for its relaxed and cozy ambiance, Al Cove is a very nice choice for fantastic food and desserts.

Romantic Restaurant #5 Vino Vino: Vino Vino is historic restaurant which is quite intimate. You will get some very delicious Venetian dishes and homemade desserts here.

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