Bella Venezia, the beautiful lagoon city in north-eastern Italy, is one of the most romantic destinations in Europe and attracts more than 22 million visitors every year. The city, with its 118 islands, is not only an ideal destination for romantics, but architecture and art lovers will also get their money’s worth. Use our tips to traverse predominantly car-free Venice on foot or by water, whether it’s in a romantic gondola or stylish water taxi (vaporetto).
1. Canal Grande
The most important traffic artery is the Canal Grande, which winds its way through the lagoon city and offers fantastic views of the historic buildings on its banks. Palaces along the banks of the canal
Besuchen Sie die Gallerie Dell’Accademia und Cà Rezzonico – in diesen Palazzi finden sie Meisterwerke des 18. Century. Don't miss these Venetian treasures.
3. Gondola ride
A romantic gondola ride should not be missed when visiting Venice. Discuss the price in advance with the gondolier, because these vary depending on the time, departure location and demand. Our tip: rides are cheapest in the morning.
4. San Marco
In total, Venice consists of six districts, of which the centrally located district of San Marco offers the ultimate exclusivity. Historic buildings dominate the landscape and its proximity to countless attractions makes the area particularly interesting for tourists. Enjoy the hustle and bustle and stroll through its charming narrow streets!
5. St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
This is Venice’s most sacred and grandiose building, and is one of the most magnificent Catholic churches of all. It is more than 1000 years old and the present building combines four previous builds. The former Palace Chapel of the Doge, with its Venetian-Byzantine façade, represents a unique example of this kind of architecture in Europe. Our tip: Take part in mass and enjoy the atmosphere inside, away from the streams of tourists.
6. A walk along the Lido
The Lido is ideal for both ample walks as well as longer bike rides and is a true oasis for stressed visitors to Venice. Not only is it home to the famous Palazzo del Cinema, but it also boasts the renowned Grand Hotel des Bains from Visconti’s film of Thomas Mann’s ‘Death in Venice’. A nature reserve, fishing village, and numerous small restaurants, offer countless possibilities to relax and unwind all day long.
7. Film Festival and Biennale
The International Film Festival is held annually from late August to early September on the Lido. During this time, the Lido is transformed into a red carpet, and the hustle and bustle around the international celebrities is fantastic. The Biennale, which is held in Venice every two years, is another spectacular cultural event which is really worth visiting. Here, contemporary art can be admired and discussed in the open air at Giardinia Park.
The Le Mercerie shopping mile is located between Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square: here you will find numerous well-known designer fashion boutiques, which provide the opportunity for extensive shopping in Venice.
9. Dine de luxe
Do you want to enjoy an exquisite dinner in Venice? We recommend Di Fiori as well as the Fortuny restaurant in Hotel Cipriani. Both are among the best and most famous restaurants in Venice. The Fortuny restaurant can only be reached by boat, perfectly rounding off a romantic evening!
10. San Michele Cemetery Island
Many artists and famous people rest on the San Michele cemetery island, the walls of which impressively protrude out of the water. Only a few monks live here; otherwise, the dead rest under cypress trees. With a cemetery guide, you will find several celebrity graves, including the grave of Russian composer, Igor Strawinsky, Italian composer, Luigi Nono, and Russian-American Nobel Prize winner, Joseph Brodsky.