A getaway in the city of lovers

Spend your trip to Venice not just soaking up the history and art, but immersing yourself in a dream world with the one you love.

February in Venice means Carnival. But the 14th is also Valentine’s day, the feast of lovers, and what better city could you visit to celebrate this special day than the most romantic city itself?

In the collective imagination, Venice is truly the city of love. Sure, a few other cities have romantic overtones, but Venice is a romantic “place,” with its every “street,” its every little canal and its every view offering an inspirational backdrop no matter the time of day or the weather conditions.

Nothing can arouse such intense, passionate feelings as watching the sun set over St Mark’s Basin, bathing the sky in its fiery glow. As you gaze at it from the Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront, hand in hand, you run the risk of completely losing track of time.

But even when the sky is overcast and the fog has swallowed the city up, it retains the charming, almost fairytale atmosphere that dreams are made of.

And what is love if not a beautiful daydream?

The quintessential outing for two lovers is seated side by side in a gently swaying gondola as it glides silently through the little canals, buildings towering overhead and, beyond them, glimpses of the Venetian sky.

Or you could take the weight off your feet on the steps leading down to one of the canals, so wrapped up in conversation that you forget about everything else; or in silence as you gaze misty-eyed at the lights or the moon reflected in the water.

These are just a few of the things on offer in this city of amazing sights and atmospheres, which feels as if it had sprung out of the pages of a fairytale. Here, a candlelit “tête-à-tête” at night cannot help but end with an “I love you,” whispered gently so as not to break the enchantment enveloping you.

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