Romantic honeymoon in Venice Italy
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Traveling with your new spouse sounds like an absolute dream, but even though you can’t wait to hit the airport, what you’re most excited about is staring into each other’s eyes in a setting that fits the mood. So, where should you make your plans? Venice, of course! A honeymoon in Venice may be the most romantic travel idea around, and here are all the details. The ideal itinerary for this travel style is all about a backdrop that supports your plans for a leisurely agenda that’s mostly comprised of candlelit dinners, long walks through scenic streets and espresso-flavored affection. And this city’s ambiance is straight from a fairytale and perfectly suited to helping you start the next chapter of your love story. 

Always in the running for the most romantic city in the world, Venice is unlike any other honeymoon destination. The colorful buildings, winding pedestrian streets and iconic gondoliers are especially picturesque when paired with cozy cafes and trattorias fit for discovering new favorite foods. 

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  • If you feel so inclined, Venice’s most popular attractions are conveniently close together. Piazza San Marco is one of the city’s must-visit sites and also happens to provide an entry to and view of the Basilica di San Marco, the Doge’s Palace and the Torre dell’Orologio.
  • Enjoy candlelight dinners in the company of some of Venice’s best offerings. The cuisine is largely focused on fresh seafood, like seppiolini de nero – or black squid ink pasta. Trattoria alla Madonna and Boccadoro are local favorites.
  • No trip to Venice would be complete without a turn through the canals in a gondola. The experience is truly one of a kind and just the kind of activity a romantic honeymoon escape requires, especially if it includes a singing gondolier. 

Italy honeymoon in Venice at the Doge's Palace
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Insider Tip

Ignore the pressure to pack your travel itinerary. After all, you’re lovers, not adventure junkies. Instead, focus on activities, events and even unplanned stretches of time that permit you to savor impromptu walks on cobblestone streets over impossibly pretty canals. The location is important, but it can’t compete with quality time together.

Travel Alternatives

Not sure a Venice honeymoon is in the cards? Try a different, but equally romantic, idea. Like Napa Valley! Wine country is always a winning selection for a honeymoon agenda you can really savor. Consider seeking out a honeymoon package you can customize, or holing up at a cozy spa for a weeklong retreat of wine and relaxation. Skip the pre-packaged wine tour in favor of hiring a driver to escort you to your own selection of wineries. Otherwise, if international destinations are still your ideal situation, look to the city of love itself, Paris. The capital of France is known as the City of Love for a reason. Incredible architecture, swoon-worthy museums and dreamy side streets are all readily available here. Spend your days strolling hand in hand down cobblestone paths or sighing over the scenery as you sip wine in an open air café. 

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