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In EuroCheapo’s most recent survey, Venice came in a close second place in the Most Romantic City in Europe stakes.
In point of fact, it’s close to freezing for Valentine’s Day and throughout the whole of Carnival. Cold may be romantic in the mountains, but in Venice? Freezing weather gets in the way of gondola fantasies, among other things.
You can sort of understand the local tendency to drink during the cold weather. While public drunkenness is a rarity in Italy in general, the mid-February/Carnival period provides an exception to the rule. Carnival means barrels of steaming hot of Vin Brulè at kiosks around Venice. Vin Brulè is regional red wine boiled to perfection with cinnamon, cloves, and sugar.