When it comes to a city that perfectly embodies the notion of romantic love, there's no need to look any further than Venice. Paris may be the City of Light but Venice is the Bridge of Sighs - and much more besides. Since it was first settled around the early 7th century, Venice has captivated everyone from popes and princes to poets and painters. Venice with its hidden canals that weave throughout the city where the couples can find romance very easy.
The nature of Venice - its myriad bridges, the much-photographed St Mark's Square, 450 palazzos and homes of major historical significance, the dozens of beautiful churches filled with works by artists like Titian, Tintoretto and Bellini - gives it a distinct advantage over other so-called romantic destinations. This is a city where any building less than two centuries old is considered new.
All it takes is a walk along a waterfront street or a vaporetto (water bus) cruise down the Grand Canal - the city's main waterway, lined with buildings from the Byzantine, Baroque and Renaissance periods - to understand that Venice is a living museum, filled with wonderful details and special experiences that speak differently to each individual.
Venice has been a place of lovers for several centuries. In the past it had a very strict moral code - but when rules are too strict, people enjoy breaking the rules more. If you belonged to a prominent Venetian family you could not marry anyone you wanted, so both men and women looked for lovers all the time.
Bridge of Sights - tale of local legend says that lovers will be assured eternal love if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the bridge
St Mark's Square - full-moon walk at midnight
Grand Canal - gondola ride
The ultimate appeal to romantics is a gondola ride with a singing gondolier. You can sit back with your beloved and snuggle up in a red velvet-cushioned gondola, and let the gondolier paddle you slowly through quiet side canals, under traditional historic bridges like the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto. Let your eyes soak in the 16th and 17th century architettura veneziana of the palazzi lining the Canale Grande.