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Italy's Most Romantic City- Falling in Love with Venice

Venice will forever be one of Italy’s gems and one of the top European cities to visit evidenced by the crowds that fill the narrow streets and bridges. Classic gondolas drift through the maze of canals lacing through the city which are connected by quaint cobbled streets. Often with destinations this popular a city fails to meet expectations of the grandeur envisioned, yet Venice certainly exceeds all of the hype.

Small gelato shops and street restaurants that conjure up images reminiscent of Van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night painting, tempt tourists in for a tasty treat while they stroll through the medieval architecture and cross ornately decorated bridges. The small fish shaped island has been the set for dozens of famous flicks including The Italian Job and Casino Royale. It is easy to spend several days exploring, but here is a list of what not to miss, where to stay, and how to maximize your visit to one of the most romantic cities.

The Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge)

One of the most iconic views is also one of the first to come across when arriving via train or plane at the Rialto Bridge. Its ornate designs make it the perfect place to snap a photo or ten and the small shops lining the bridge meet all shopping needs. It is the oldest of the four bridges that span the Grand Canal and has been rebuilt several times. Similar to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it has been both widely praised and critiqued for its appearance and monumental size. Get a spectacular rooftop view of the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal for free from the adjacent Fondaco dei Tedeschi luxury mall, but be sure to book online before arriving especially in the height of summer.

Catch a Panoramic Rooftop Sunset

With Venice as the backdrop, it is difficult to take a bad sunset photo in the city. Several restaurants around the city offer different vantage points with sweeping views of the canals and squares. Rather than spending only one evening enjoying the sunset, check out hotels on the basin waterfront that provide the same views! Instead of shuffling through other people trying to take the same shot, staying in one of the hotels provides a chance to relax and enjoy a more peaceful moment overlooking Venice as the sky fills with color. Some places like Hotel Locanda Vivaldi offer stunning views of the San Marco basin that are perfect for sunset or sunrise!

Piazza San Marco