11 February 2013

Romantic places in Venice #1

In the run-up to Valentine's Day I'll be posting some romantic secrets of Venice.

#1 A secret heart

This small brick heart is set in a hidden archway near San Giovanni in Bragora. It supposedly records the doomed love between a Venetian fisherman and a mermaid. It's said that if two lovers touch the heart together, their love will last for eternity. (Another version of the tale says that if you touch the heart, a wish will come true within the year, which could be handy if your romance is looking rocky).

You can visit the romantic heart on the walk Castello Contrasts from the Italy Heaven Guide to Venice.

> Romance in Venice
> More about the guidebook
> Read about the fisherman and the mermaid in Venetian Legends and Ghost Stories; a Guide to Places of Mystery in Venice

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