Romantic panoramas, majestic tourist attractions and a culture that’s thousands of years in the making are some of the key draws for newlyweds
The Veneto region is one of the most charming and welcoming in Italy, with stunning scenery, luxurious hotels, awe-inspiring walks, and five-star tourism. Given that it’s the eighth largest region of Italy, there’s plenty to do and enough to satisfy all appetites with its impressive menu of cultural attractions.
The region is always in demand and this is perhaps reflective of how warm and welcoming the natives are. The principal city, fabled as one of the most romantic in the world, Venice, is the capital of the region. Venice is the perfect setting for romance; you can’t help feeling that you’ve been dropped onto the set of a romantic movie. The city, like so many others in Veneto, is the ideal place to spend quality time with your spouse.
Visiting St. Mark’s Basilica or Doge’s Palace is a must, especially for those starting a life together. There are countless other squares and other architectural wonders around the city. Ever dreamt of snapping one of those iconic photos in front of St. Mark’s Basilica, or perhaps taking a gentle ride in a gondola and kissing your loved one? Imagine that during your honeymoon!
The islands adjacent to Venice offer further things to explore, such as the manufacture of handmade glass and high-quality lace.
Besides Venice, there is another point of interest for story lovers: the city of Verona, the stage of Romeo and Juliet. The famous play isn’t the only draw, Verona was also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its legendary architecture, features that were designed and built over 2000 years ago and have been preserved and reinforced over time. There’s also a genuine Roman Amphitheatre in Verona, as well as other imperial sights. An interesting fact: Verona is known as the “city of boyfriends”, unsurprisingly because of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. In the play, Juliet lives in a house in the heart of Verona and so now, needless to say, this has become one of the region’s most sought-after tourist spots.
If these two cities are not enough to convince you to start packing for Veneto, here’s one more incredible city to whet your appetite: Vicenza, the centre of which is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A true survivor of World War II, Vicenza is home to many Renaissance buildings and among them the first covered theatre in the world: the Olympic Theatre, built between 1580 and 1585 by the architect Palladio. Vicenza is also known as “the city of gold” due to the concertation of goldsmiths in the area, which also makes it one of Italy’s wealthiest provinces.
And still, there’s yet another city of equal esteem: Padua, with one of the oldest universities in the world, the University of Padua, founded in 1222. Right next door is the university’s Botanical Garden, which is officially the oldest Botanical University in the world, founded in 1545.
Just think what it would be like to enjoy all this and more with the person you love most; to spend your wedding night in the eternal city of love, Venice, walk the streets once trod by Romeo and Juliet, take in some of the most majestic architecture in the world, and breath in the best of rural Europe. All this is possible, in Veneto, which is a dream not only for couples, but for anyone interested in culture and history.