On the north coast on Italy you will find the country’s most beautiful gem, Venice. Built on a blue lagoon, this romantic destination is just as stunning as it looks in the movies and is something everyone should experience once in their lives. Venice hasn’t changed much in the last 600 years which is what fascinates visitors to this enchanted city.
A Guide to Romantic Venice
Take a ride in a Gondola
When you visit Venice one of the things you have got to experience is a ride in a gondola and enjoy the scenic waterways which is the typical romantic image most people imagine when they think of Venice. Prices can be quite steep at €80 and after 7pm the charges are €100 for a 40-minute ride. However, a maximum of six people can fit on a gondola at no extra charge so it’s worth splitting the bill with others.
Romance in St Mark’s Square
Another attraction not to be missed is the Piazza San Marco more commonly known as St Mark’s Square which is filled with extraordinary history. The centerpiece of the piazza is, of course, the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica a famous church and one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in the world. The square is a stunning and romantic place to enjoy a bite to eat and it’s worth booking a tour from a local Venetian to hear about all the extraordinary stories and history that lie here.
Festa del Redentore
If you’re planning a summer holiday next year, be sure to get there before the 15th July to experience Venice’s most religious festival the Festa del Redentore (Feast Day of the Redeemer) in Giudecca Canal and St. Mark’s Basin. This festival celebrates the end of a plague that wiped on most of the city’s population in 1576. This day is celebrated with a feast and lots of dancing along the banks of the canal. You will also find lots of decorated boats which are beautifully lit up in the canals. The climax of the festivities is the spectacular firework display which is said by many as the best in the world.
Best time to go
It’s important to visit Venice at the right time of year as during the summer months it can get very humid and congested with temperatures reaching around 34 C / 90 F and in winter it is bitterly cold. So the best time to visit Venice is in May, June and September, when the weather is just right and the crowds are relatively small.
There is so much to see and explore in Venice and one of the best ways of seeing its hidden delights is to get lost whilst strolling along the winding streets. Once you’ve experienced what this magnificent city has to offer you’ll be sure to fall in love with this beautiful destination and with easyJet summer holidays you can find affordable prices.
Venice Image by Tony Wilkinson.