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Romantic Venice: How many ways can we say we love you?

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Ah, romantic Venice!

Every day is Valentine’s Day when it comes to our love affair with Venice.

No matter that in high summer, when cruise ships disgorge their passengers, the tiny pedestrian streets are clogged with tourists jostling elbow to elbow. 

We’ll always be in love with Venice – nicknamed La Serenissima (the most serene).

Westin Excelsior, Venice

We can never get enough of the city, birthplace of Casanova.

Its canals and singing gondoliers…

Its bridges… (Did you know Venice has over 400 bridges?) Its palaces and museums…

And the light!

Venice is just one of the most beautiful places to see in Italy!

Romantic Venice

Romantic Venice

So how many ways have visitors said, “We love romantic Venice”?

Let’s quote some masters of the pen and other luminaries as we share some of Venice photos with you:

1) City of mirrors

Venice: City of Mirrors

It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.”

~ Erica Jong, author of Shylock’s Daughter (1987), formerly titled Serenissima 

2) Better than chocolates


Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.”

~ Truman Capote, quoted in the Observer, 1961

3) Aglow in orange

Flower boxes in the window in Venice

An orange gem resting on a blue glass plate: it’s Venice seen from above.

~ Henry James, author of Aspern Papers, 1888

4) Flamboyant!

Doge's Palace, Venice

Flamboyant, radiantly beautiful, Venice, Italy, owes her grandeur to the sea, a bond celebrated yearly through regattas such as the Vogalonga. Today it is a human tide that washes over her—millions come to capture a glimmer of her charms.

~ from “Venice: More Than a Dream,” February 1995, National Geographic magazine

5) Like a movie set

Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water.”

~ Frida Giannini, Italian fashion designer, 2011

6) Impossible?

Gondolas in Venice, Italy

To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.”

~ Alexander Herzen, 19th century Russian writer

Is Venice romantic still in August?

When we once stayed in August, we discovered hotels priced at “low season” rates.

Because people think September is slower, more now visit Venice in September, so rates jump at the beginning of that month. July also sees high rates.

But, if you don’t mind the heat, you can find some good hotel deals in August.

Photo credits: 2, 6, 7, 8 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase

Do you love Venice?

Which quote do you like the most?

About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the owners and founders of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Marissa Tejada

Tuesday 30th of August 2016

Oh, Venice is so on my Italy bucket list. Thanks for the tip about visiting in August. Love your pics.

Janice and George

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

Oh, you'll love Venice! One day it will happen, right?


Tuesday 23rd of February 2016

I may be visiting Venice later this year, and I expect to fall in love with it too! Lovely post, glad you had an amazing time! Very cool Truman Capote quote too..

Janice and George

Tuesday 23rd of February 2016

Yes, that Truman Capote quote is right on :-).


Monday 22nd of February 2016

We love Venice. I can't understand those people that bash on the place. It's like a living museum and what is special is that the whole place is like that, there is no 'old town' step in the place and you step back in time.

Frank (bbqboy)


Wednesday 17th of February 2016

Your images are just beautiful. It has been years since I have been to Venice. I believe it is time for a trip back!

Janice and George

Wednesday 17th of February 2016

Thanks so much for the kind comment on our images! You can pack us in your suitcase when you go back to Venice :-).


Tuesday 16th of February 2016

I agree that Venice is a great destination at any time of year, except perhaps for a few days in summer when it can become very hot and humid. But even then, you can still find refuge from the heat in the beautiful churches and palaces around. I would rather go there in winter though, when the crowds are sparse. I could stroll along the narrow streets of Venice for hours and hours without getting mentally tired. Unfortunately, my feet have a new way of saying 'enough!' lately: they develop convincingly painful blisters to remind me they have a finite endurance limit. Gorgeous images of Venice, Janice! Your post made me want to go back for a visit.

Janice and George

Tuesday 16th of February 2016

We sympathize with the blisters :-). With no public transport (except for the vaporetti, which are great!), and pedestrian-only streets, Venice means you have to walk a lot (if you want to really experience the city).