A Romantic Weekend In Venice
As the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day, is nearly upon on us and with many of our customers jetting off for exciting weekend getaways in Europe, we thought we would take a quick look at what there is to do in one of the most romantic European cities in the world; Venice. A city packed with stunning architecture, culture, history, museums, galleries and of course, water and the ideal destination for any couple.
The romantic city of Venice is situated in north eastern Italy and is the capital of the Veneto region. The ancient city was originally built on 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea. Instead of roads, Venice relies on a series of waterways and canals and is often referred to the Floating city or the City of Water.
Venice’s Grand Canal
One of the most famous areas of Venice, is the world-renowned, Grand Canal, the main water thorough fare. Two miles long, this natural reverse-S shape channel, divides the city into two parts and connects at various points with a maze of smaller canals. The canal is lined with great Renaissance and Gothic buildings.
Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square), Venice
The largest square in Venice is called the Piazza San Marco and is situated at the end of the Grand Canal. This bustling area is often packed with tourists and is referred to as ‘the drawing room of Europe’ a quote attributed to Napoleon. St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace can be found at one end with the campanile in the centre.
Rialto Bridge, Venice
The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of four bridges spanning the Grand Canal, crosses over at roughly its halfway point and was designed by Antonio Da Ponte in the late 16th century. Considered the true heart of Venice, this ornate landmark bridge is an elegant stone arch with steps, two rows of shops and a mass of water traffic passing underneath.
The Doges’ Palace, Venice
Situated on the grand Piazza San Marco, The Doges’ Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic styles. For centuries, this building served as the residence for the Doge, the ruler of Venice and the seat of power for the Venetian Republic. Today, it is one of Venice’s must-see museums.
St Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco), Venice
Another landmark of Venice and one not to be missed, is this Roman Catholic cathedral which is situated in the heart of San Marco Square. Dating back to the 9th century AD, its history and architecture is very impressive. The Renaissance style interior, gold mosaics and marble sculpture will not disappoint.
Teatro La Fenice, Venice
To really experience Venice, take in a visit to the opera or a classical music performance. If you can’t make a show take the guided tour around the Teatro La Fenice, the 19th century opera house. This prestigious concert venue is one of the most renowned landmarks of Italian opera. Its red velvet seats and golden walls are an absolute must-see.
Gondola Ride in Venice
Although super touristy, a visit to Venice would not be complete without a gondola ride through the picturesque canals. Venice’s primary form of transport, the gondola, a long flat-bottomed boat can carry up to six passengers and is the ideal way to explore the city. Gondola rides all have fixed official rates which are set by the City of Venice.
Meet and Greet Parking
If you and your partner are jetting off for a romantic weekend away, make sure your weekend gets off to the most relaxing start by booking your airport parking with I Love meet and greet where you will be met by one of our drivers directly outside the terminal building on departure and arrival back into the country.
By Sarah Anglim at 31 Jan 2019