The Venetian - Las Vegas, NV
The Scene: Las Vegas might be the best impostor when it comes to imitating all things Euro-wow. That's where The Venetian comes in, an impressive hotel that reminds one of what the "Sinking City" could be -- if it were buoyed by billions in gambling funds. Despite the crowds, there is romance to be had. Either at their Canyon Ranch SpaClub or in premiere restaurants such as Piero Selvaggio Valentino or Thomas Keller's Bouchon. Or you can simply eschew the flight to Italy and enlist a private, two-passenger gondola ride ($75.80) with your lovey dovey alongside the famous Grand Canal (Shoppes). You know what they say, "when in Rome ..."