Floating upon a peaceful lagoon, Venice has enchanted lovers for centuries and is one of the world's top honeymoon destinations for a romantic getaway.
Known as La Serenissima (the most serene one), Venice is one of the world’s most romantic cites and offers several must-see attractions: savour an espresso in Piazza San Marco, cruise the Grand Canal in a gondola past pastel-coloured palaces, discover the treasure-filled Basilica di San Marco and explore the floating city along its fascinating maze of canals and lanes.
Filled with architectural wonders, palaces and art, fine shopping and excellent dining, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the beauty and uniqueness of this 1500-year-old city.
Venice is built across 117 small islands in a coastal lagoon; there are no roads (or cars), so the only way you can get around is by foot or water.
Cuddle up in a gondola or cruise around the city’s fascinating maze of canals in a polished, walnut-timbered water taxi.
Be enchanted by the vivid pastel shades of sienna, ancient gold and ruby peach that reflect off its shimmering waterways to create a restless magic.
Don't miss the Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) – seal your love with a lingering kiss on the crest of Ponte di Rialto (photo) in the emotional heart of Venice.
Climb one of the outer stone passageways or the wider central passage and browse the rows of cramped little shops that sell jewellery, linens and Murano glass, as well as other souvenirs.
One of the city’s most famous sights, this beautiful arched bridge spans the Grand Canal and was built on approximately 12,000 wooden pilings that still support it more than 400 years later.
Absorb the timeless elegance of St Mark's Square, which Napoleon described as the “most elegant drawing room in Europe”.
Nibble on cicheti, (delicious Venetian seafood bar snacks) over a glass of prosecco, (a local white champagne-like wine) as you enjoy the spectacular view over St Mark’s Square from the romantic and elegant surrounds of the world famous Gran Caffè Quadri.
Founded in 1775, this centuries-old café is just one of many chic sidewalk cafés around the lively piazza from which to people-watch or take a break from browsing the nearby boutiques.
Take a tour of the glittering gold- and mosaic-embellished Basilica di San Marco and the fresco-filled Palazzo Ducale, once the residence of the Doges. Once inside, don’t forget to stroll across the famous Bridge of Sighs.
Exploring on foot can be fun, providing the perfect excuse to lean against an ancient wall and enjoy a smoldering embrace: pathways often end without warning, some lanes lead to brick walls and steps descend into water.
What better time to hold hands, explore new sights together and discover out-of-the-way canal-side restaurants for lunch or a romantic candlelit dinner?
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Venice offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit most honeymoon budgets, but for that special romantic occasion try the luxurious Belmond Hotel Cipriani on Giudecca Island, just a short boat ride from St Marks Square, or one of the following hotels…
Location: Castello, Venice
Ave nightly price: AUD1947 per room
Description: Overlooking Venice Lagoon, Hotel Danieli is a legendary hotel 200 metres from St. Mark's Square. Each room is spacious and finely furnished. The staff provides an unmatchable service. This award-winning Luxury Collection Hotel is comprised of 3 separate buildings, dating back to the 14th, 19th, and 20th centuries, and connected by covered bridges. The nearest water-bus stop is just a 2-minute walk away. All rooms and suites feature an LCD satellite TV, air conditioning, and an Italian-marble bathroom with bathrobe and slippers. Some rooms offer views of the lagoon. The panoramic restaurant Terrazza Danieli offers amazing views and an exquisite menu. Drinks are served in the Bar Terrazza Danieli or the sophisticated Bar Dandolo. Piazza San Marco is just 300 metres away.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Location: Giudecca 10, Venice
Ave nightly price: AUD1516 per room
Description: On Giudecca Island, Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers stunning views of Venice Lagoon and the Doge's Palace. It features a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and luxury spa facilities. The 5-star Belmond Hotel Cipriani has elegant interior design and plenty of outdoor areas where you are invited to relax and enjoy the view. A full buffet breakfast is available each morning. Drinks are available from the bar, and the à la carte restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine. Dining options include the gourmet Oro Restaurant, Cip's Club with its wooden terrace with views of St. Mark's and the Porticciolo Restaurant, ideal for a light lunch. Rooms and suites are spacious, comfortable and packed with amenities. You will have free Wi-Fi, an iPod dock and HD flat-screen TV. Views are of the lagoon or the garden and vineyard. You are 4 minutes from St. Mark's Square by the hotel's private boat service. A shuttle service to/from Venice Marco Polo Airport and Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station can be organized upon request.
Hotel Excelsior Venice
Location: Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi, Venice-Lido
Ave nightly price: AUD477 per room
Description: Set right on the beach on Venice Lido, this 5-star hotel offers a peaceful location and a large heated outdoor pool. A free regular launch service takes guests to across the lagoon to St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Opened in 1908, Hotel Excelsior Venice boasts a distinctive Moorish architecture, decorated with crystal chandeliers and rich fabrics. The property was refurbished in 2013 and equipped with new tapestries and carpets, free Wi-Fi access in all areas including the beach, and a gym with modern machineries. All spacious rooms come with a plasma-screen satellite TV and a minibar. Each room has a private bathroom with soft bathrobes and slippers. Some rooms overlook the Adriatic Sea, others have panoramic views across to Venice, and other overlook the Moorish courtyard. The Excelsior's Tropicana restaurant serves Mediterranean dishes for lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy romantic candlelit dinners on the summer terrace, or a cocktail with live music in the Blue Bar. Restaurant La Taverna serves a buffet-style lunch. At the elegant private beach, guests can hire beach huts at a daily or weekly rate. Tennis and golf courts are available nearby.
Location: Riva Degli Schiavoni, Venice
Prices: from AUD678 per room
Description: Set in a privileged location 350 metres from Saint Mark's Square, Hotel Metropole offers luxurious rooms with antique furnishings and fine fabrics. Offering views of the Venice Lagoon, the hotel features a contemporary restaurant, ethnic lounge bar and citrus garden. Uniquely decorated rooms and suites have an oriental style and offer free Wi-Fi, a minibar and air-conditioning. The private bathroom includes a bathrobe, slippers and free toiletries. The Metropole’s corridors are home to an eclectic collections of antique fans, tapestries and other artefacts. The garden features palm trees and a 14th-century well. Bacon, eggs, hams and cheeses are served at the buffet breakfast along with seasonal fruit, tiramisu and pannacotta. The Met Restaurant offers a unique Tra-Contemporanea cuisine, combining traditional and modern creative flavours. The property is 200 metres from the San Zaccaria Vaporetto water bus stop, and a 5-minute walk from the Bridge of Sighs.
Location: Dorsoduro, Venice
Prices: from AUD622 per room
Description: Featuring 19th-century Venetian styling, Hotel Moresco is just a 5 minute walk from Piazzale Roma. With free Wi-Fi, its elegant rooms are a luxurious mix of old and new. The spacious air-conditioned rooms feature elegant décors and a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom has modern furnishings, free toiletries and a soft bathrobe and slippers. Some rooms have a terrace, while others have a spa bathtub. A continental buffet breakfast is served daily, and can be enjoyed in the dining hall. Gluten-free menus can be arranged upon request, and a bar is also provided. The Moresco is less than half a mile from Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station. You can visit the famous Piazza San Marco square with a 25 minute walk from the property.
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The best time to visit Venice is from April to June, or September and October, when the weather is warm while avoiding the peak summer crowds of July and August.
Summer (June to September) sees average highs of 25°C (77°F). July and August have an average high of 27°C (80°F) but can climb to above 30°C (86°F).
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Venice sprawls across a marshy lagoon between the entrance of the Po and Piave rivers along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy.
The most convenient route is to fly into Venice Marco Polo Airport.
Alternatively by train, Venice’s Stazione Venezia-Santa Lucia receives daily services from Rome, Milan and Florence as well as other locations in Italy and throughout Europe.
From immediately outside the station you can easily find a number of vaporetti (public water buses).
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Latest update: Venice: 18 November, 2018
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