Forget Paris and Rome, the real city of romance in Venice. Lazing languidly in a gondola as it glides through the canals of this beautiful city is sure to get the heart beating of anyone with an ounce of love in their veins. The gentle lapping of the water against the walls of the ancient city soothes the soul and offers a calming rhythm to ease away the stresses of everyday life and allows you to forget work, even if only for the time of a short city break, and enjoying these simple pleasures with a loved one is a wonderful way to spend a few days.
Venice is actually an area composed of 118 islets joined together by over 400 bridges that cross the canals which wind their way through the city. The whole place has an air of elegant decay and shabby chic which many attempts to emulate, but this is the real thing. The faded paint on the walls, shutters, and doors is not done for effect, yet it looks marvelous and creates a heady romantic and carefree atmosphere. Couple this with the architecture of such greats as St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza San Marco and the Doge’s Palace and you have a unique style that makes Venice one of the most recognizable cities around the globe.
So how do you make the most of a short break in this UNESCO World Heritage city? How about an exclusive Michelin starred restaurant? Venice has many, but if you want to make an impression then Il Ridotto must be your choice. Holding a Michelin star since 2013, Il Ridotto has just nine tables for customers. You would think this kind of exclusivity and quality would come with a high price, but you can enjoy a lunch menu of 3 tapas and a meat or fish course for just 35 Euros per person…just don’t tell this fact your companion.
There is also a lunch and dinner taster menu of five fish or meat dishes at €95 or you can take advantage of their full Menu a la Carte at reasonable prices. You can find this exquisite tiny restaurant in the Castello District, just a few moments away from Saint Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco). After enjoying your meal make your way back to Saint Mark’s Square and hop into a Gondola to be serenaded in the way that only Venetian gondoliers seem to be able to manage without making it feel corny. 30 minutes will cost between €80-100 for a personal tour.
Finish off your evening with a glass or two of your favorite drink at the Skyline Bar on the rooftop terrace of the Hilton Hotel in the old Molino Stucky flour mill. The views are simply amazing and offer a view of Venice that is unrivaled. With the sun setting gently into the horizon and the lights flickering softly on the waters of Grand Canal and casting sparks of color in your partner’s eyes, you will truly understand the meaning of love.
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