Your first impression of Venice will be one of enchantment. The sights and sounds of the city are intoxicating. Your excitement will carry you along cobblestone paths to every nook and cranny of the city. Watch gondolas whisk passengers along the charming canals of the city. Be sure to ride in a few of these delightful boats yourself. Then, get lost in a maze of pathways, and walk hand in hand over tiny bridges that cover the water streets.
If you lovebirds love birds, be sure to take time to feed the beautiful winged creatures in St. Mark's Square. Climb the Campanile and listen to the bells ring out their song. Browse the windows of artists' shops, or visit a mask store to learn how masks are made. Lion sculptures are popular in Venice. Count them. Did you know that there are over a thousand lion sculptures in the city?
Sit in a street café, hold hands, steal a kiss or two, sip cappuccino and people watch. Children love feeding the pigeons and you'll delight in their fits of giggles and laughter. Talk about names for the children you'll have one day and how many there will be. Discuss a trip in the future when you'll return to Venice and bring the children along.
Stop by the Piazza San Marco each day. There are lots of things to see and do there and it will take several days if you plan to see everything. Be sure to visit Saint Mark's Basilica. You'll marvel at its beautiful architecture. When you step inside, you'll get the feeling of having stepped back in time a thousand years and it's truly amazing.
Enjoy Doge's Palace, a museum unlike any other in the world. View exhibits of medieval, renaissance and Venetian offerings. Gaze in wonder at the sculptures, archways, and massive staircases, which are attractions in their own right. You'll spend hours wandering through the palace, gazing in awe at its splendor.
Take a tour of Murano and its glass making factories. You will be escorted into the factory proper, where you can see the blazing furnaces and feel the intense heat. When the tour is over, you'll be led to a showroom where you'll find a wide variety of glasswork for sale. A piece of this impressive glass makes a great souvenir to take home as a memento of your honeymoon.
Remember to set one day aside for relaxation. All the hustle and bustle can be tiring and the Lido, Venice's idea of a beach resort, is just the place to spend the day. Though sand isn't plentiful, cabanas are. Spend a day in one, relaxing and planning tomorrow's sight seeing excursion.
Visit the Rialto Bridge, one of three that cross the Grand Canal. It is charming and has shops all along the sides, which are chock full of every kind of treasure imaginable. Take time to explore them. You'll be amazed at what you will find.
When you've exhausted your treasure hunt, follow the bridge to the Rialto market. You'll find tons of produce, fruit, fish and vegetables at the stalls here. Buy a treat to share from each of them. The food will tickle your taste buds and leave you salivating for more.
Throughout Venice, there are many fine restaurants. Enjoy sea bass, salads, cheese and tomatoes, scampi, lobster, swordfish, pizza and pasta. All food in Venice is delicious and incredibly flavorful.
Have you ever wished to see the balcony where Juliet stood and uttered her famous words, "Romeo, Romeo, where for art you, Romeo?" Well, hop on the train for a one hour trip to Verona. While you're there, be sure to explore other attractions. Spend the day and enjoy each other's company.
Venice has over 400 bridges. Be sure to visit the Bridge of Sighs. Stand hand in hand on its arched back and gaze through the windows to see gondolas gliding along the water. Learn the history of the bridge and how Lord Byron popularized the belief that the bridge's name was inspired by the sighs of condemned prisoners as they were led to the executioner. The bridge is unique, being the only covered bridge in the city.
The Bridge of Sighs is included in the guided Itinerare Segreti, (Secret Itinerary) of Doge's Palace. The tour must be booked in advance, as only a certain number of people are allowed on each tour. The ninety minute tour is conducted in Italian. It includes the torture chambers and the prisons, which are usually closed to visitors.
Wherever you chose to explore in Venice, you'll have a wonderful time with your new spouse. The sights, sounds and fragrances of the city delight the senses. Venice is a city for lovers and you definitely won't be disappointed.
by Mary M. Alward