Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world and should be at the top of any couple’s prospective getaway plans. The intoxicating mix of gorgeous weather, delicious food, stunning scenery, and formative culture all conspire for an experience greater than the sum of its parts, and the musical language lilting away in the background caps the whole thing off with a delightful extra dash of romanticism. There’s not a lot of downsides to Italy; the driving is a little erratic, maybe, and the pace of life is extremely relaxed, but all-in-all, a trip to The Boot is a must-do for any loved-up couple.

But if you can only sneak a weekend away to Italy, which city do you go to? The capital Rome has its charms, and Florence is beautifully medieval, but the top of the pack has to be the canal-lined city of Venice. Located in the northeast of the country, Venice is a place like no other. Technically a collection of 118 islands linked by over 400 bridges, this water-set city will prove a memorable excursion for even the most well-traveled ‘DREAMers. Log on to BUCKiTDREAM to see if any other intrepid couples have explored Venice’s aquatic surrounds, and once you’re suitably inspired, keep that BUCKiTDREAM planner handy, as we take you through the ultimate guide to a romantic weekend in Venice!

Share Some Gelato at Suso Gelatoteca Gelato (essentially ice cream) is an Italian institution that can be found in mass quantities all over the island. Venice is no different; the city features mountains of the stuff every way you turn. One of the most romantic treats the city has to offer is an evening stroll along the canals, sharing a gelato cone with your significant other. One of the best places to source the icy snack is Suso Gelatoteca, an unassuming little gelateria which features an array of unique, homemade flavors. They aren’t skimpy with the portions either!

Get Wonderfully Lost Among the City Streets Make sure to allocate a few hours to getting yourselves wonderfully lost amongst the labyrinthine back alleys and mazes of Venice. There’s lots to discover there and plenty of photo opportunities among the local architecture. The very atmosphere of the city is romantic and lends itself to a ramble; not to mention there’s all sort of hidden charms among the winding, water-lined streets. If you do spot the perfect place to snap a selfie, make sure to upload it on BUCKiTDREAM and make a lot of other ‘DREAMers insanely jealous (or inspired!).

Enjoy Dinner Next to the Water Italian cuisine is famous throughout the world, and for good reason – Italy has some of the finest restaurants and dishes in the world. Perennial favorites pasta and pizza were born here, and the country has a similarly stellar reputation for coffee, pastries, and ice cream. Dining out will be one of the finer points of your trip to Venice; one of the most romantic settings you can enjoy is a waterfront table with a delectable canal view. Luckily, a canal is pretty easy to find in Venice, so you should be spoilt for choice! If you’re looking to ask the Big Question… This could be the perfect scene to do just that.

Hop on a Gondola You can’t visit Venice without taking a trip on one of its most famous features, the gondola. While it might seem like a romantic cliché, it’s a cliché for a reason: in terms of atmosphere, you just can’t beat it. If you can book yourself an evening tour, you can enjoy the city at dusk, complete with sunsets and a pleasant evening hum, or you can opt for a night tour and take in the city by moonlight. If you have the mettle for it, you can also rent a gondola yourself and try your hand at navigating the city’s busy thoroughfares. It’s less romantic and relaxing, but a lot more fun!

Take In the Views from the Accademia Bridge With over 400 bridges in the city, you can be spoilt for choice for beautiful panoramas, but it’s generally agreed by locals and tourists alike that the Accademia Bridge provides one of the best in town. This famous wooden structure spans the Grand Canal and features hundreds of padlocks from lovers who’ve visited the beautiful bridge before, all locked onto the bridge’s side rails. Make sure you bring your own padlock so you leave a little piece of yourselves in Venice!

Italy is one of the most beautiful cities on the planet and deserves more than a weekend among her beautiful surrounds. Check out The Top 6 Historical Monuments to Visit in Italy or Puglia: Italy’s Best Kept Secret to get inspired by more potential BUCKiTDREAM adventures, then start making romantic plans with your significant other to visit beautiful Italia!