February 08th, 2023

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Italy is a country that is brimming with romance, from the stunning landscapes and charming small towns to the delicious food and vibrant culture. It's no wonder that so many people choose to travel to Italy for their honeymoons or romantic getaways.

If you're planning a trip to Italy with your significant other, or even just want to soak up the romantic atmosphere, there are plenty of amazing destinations to choose from. From the stunning mountains of the north to the idyllic islands of the south, there's something for every couple in this beautiful country.

Here are our top ten most romantic places in Italy...

Venice

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"Venice is a fairy tale city, built on water." – Mark Twain

Venice, the city of love and romance, is a destination like no other. From the winding canals and beautiful architecture to the intimate gondola rides, Venice is a true paradise for couples.

As you and your loved one take a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone streets, you'll be able to admire the stunning views and charming atmosphere of this iconic city.

Or, why not book a private gondola ride and watch the sunset over the city's iconic canals?

To make your stay in Venice truly unforgettable, consider booking a stay at one of the city's luxurious hotels or guesthouses. Many of these accommodations offer stunning views, private balconies, and other amenities that will make your stay truly a Venetian romance.

To avoid the crowds and experience the beauty of the city at its most peaceful, consider visiting Venice during the off-season, or plan your visit for the early morning or late afternoon.

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In the language of love, food is often the sweetest word…

And Venice speaks it fluently!

There are many classic dishes that you can enjoy while visiting Venice.

Some of the most popular dishes include:

  • Risi e Bisi
    This is a traditional Venetian dish made with rice and peas, simmered in a broth made with bacon, onions, and spices.
  • Sarde in Saor
    A dish made with marinated sardines served over a bed of onions and raisins that have been caramelized in vinegar.
  • Bigoli in Salsa
    Who can resist pasta? This traditional Venetian dish is made with a type of long, thick spaghetti-like pasta called bigoli, served in a sauce made with onions, anchovies, and vinegar.
  • Bacala Mantecato
    This is a popular Venetian appetizer made with salted cod that has been whipped into a creamy consistency and served with crostini or toast.
  • Risotto alla Veneta
    Traditional Venetian risotto made with rice, onions, and white wine, and often served with slices of seared radicchio or other vegetables.

These are just a few of the many classic dishes that you can enjoy while visiting Venice. Whether you're looking for a hearty main course or a decadent dessert, you'll be able to find something to satisfy your taste buds in this beautiful city.

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Cinque Terre

Nestled along the breathtaking Ligurian coast, the Cinque Terre, or "Five Lands," beckons romantics with its charming villages and Mediterranean vistas. Hike the picturesque trails that connect these towns, pausing to drink in the sea's azure beauty or hop on a boat to explore the coast's hidden coves and inlets.

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For a truly luxe and romantic escape, consider booking a stay at one of the area's opulent villas, many of which offer private pools and breathtaking views. To avoid the crowds, visit during the off-season or plan your trip for the early morning or late afternoon, when you can bask in the region's splendor without the throngs.

Indulge in a romantic meal at one of the Cinque Terre's charming restaurants, savoring local specialties like seafood risotto and pesto, washed down with a refreshing glass of local white wine. Or, for a truly special experience, opt for a private, candlelit dinner on the beach, where you and your loved one can enjoy a delicious meal and the mesmerizing Mediterranean views all to yourselves.

There's nothing more romantic than setting sail on the Mediterranean Sea, and the Cinque Terre offers the perfect opportunity for a dreamy sailing excursion. As you glide along the Ligurian coast, take in the breathtaking views of the rugged terrain and the five charming villages that give the region its name. Stop to explore hidden coves and inlets or anchor in a secluded bay for a private picnic on the beach.

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Lake Como

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Just a few hours from the eternal city of Rome lies the ever stunning Lake Como. A beautiful destination in northern Italy, known for its crystal-clear waters and beautiful villas.

It's no wonder why Lake Como makes it to our list of most romantic places in Italy...

Take a boat ride on the lake and marvel at the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, or relax on the shore with your significant other and enjoy a romantic picnic. For a more adventurous experience, take a dip in the lake's refreshing waters.

For a truly luxurious and romantic escape, book a stay at one of the lake's opulent villas, many of which offer private pools and breathtaking views. Or, venture off the beaten path and explore the charming small towns that dot Lake Como's shores.

Visit Varenna, Bellagio, or Menaggio and wander the picturesque streets, browse the charming shops, and savor delicious local cuisine, all while experiencing the lake's true charm away from the crowds.

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Which famous villas in Lake Como are worth visiting?

  • Villa del Balbianello
    Located on the tip of Comacina Island, this 18th-century villa is known for its stunning gardens and panoramic views of the lake. The villa has served as a backdrop for several films, including "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" and "Casino Royale."
  • Villa Carlotta
    This 19th-century villa is known for its beautiful gardens, which feature a variety of exotic plants and flowers. The villa also has a museum that houses a collection of artworks, including paintings by Francesco Hayez and Bartolomeo Bezzi.
  • Villa Olmo
    This neoclassical villa is located in the town of Como and is known for its grand architecture and beautiful gardens. The villa hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including concerts and exhibitions.
  • Villa d'Este
    Located in the town of Cernobbio, this 16th-century villa is known for its beautiful gardens, which feature over 500 species of plants. The villa also has a luxury hotel on its grounds.
  • Villa Serbelloni
    Located in the town of Bellagio, this villa is known for its beautiful gardens and panoramic views of the lake. The villa is now used as a conference center and is open to the public during the summer months.

In addition to these famous villas, there are many other beautiful villas located around Lake Como that are worth visiting. Some of these villas are open to the public, while others are private homes.

 

Verona

Verona is often referred to as the city of love due to its connection to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The city is famous for being the setting of the play, which tells the tragic story of two young lovers from feuding families. The city of Verona has embraced this romantic reputation and has become a popular destination for couples, particularly those looking for a romantic getaway.

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There are many romantic activities to do in Verona, such as visiting Juliet's balcony, where visitors can leave love notes, or attending a performance at the historic Arena di Verona – One of the most famous Roman amphitheaters in the world.

Another way to embrace the romance of Verona is to take in the city's beautiful architecture and charming atmosphere while strolling hand-in-hand with your loved one. And be sure to dine at one of Verona's excellent restaurants, where you can savor delicious Italian cuisine and a glass of fine wine.

At night, head to the Piazza delle Erbe, the city's main square, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. As you take in the sights and sounds of the city, allow yourself to be swept away by the romance of Verona, the city that inspired Shakespeare to pen the famous words, "For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

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Tuscany

Tuscany, the heart of Italy, is a region that exudes romance at every turn. From the rolling hills dotted with cypress trees and picturesque villas to the ancient cities that have inspired poets and artists for centuries, Tuscany is a place where love and beauty go hand in hand.

Cycling along the luscious landscape truly is like being in a painting...

Perhaps you already know some of Tuscany’s most famous artists?

  • Leonardo da Vinci: Born in the town of Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous artists in history. He was a painter, sculptor, inventor, and scientist who is known for works such as the "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper."
  • Michelangelo: Michelangelo was a sculptor, painter, and architect who was born in the town of Caprese Michelangelo. He is known for his works such as the "David" statue and the Sistine Chapel frescoes.
  • Raphael: Raphael was a painter and architect who was born in the town of Urbino. He is known for his paintings, including the "School of Athens" and the "Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist."
  • Botticelli: Botticelli was a painter who was born in the town of Florence. He is known for his works such as "The Birth of Venus" and "The Adoration of the Magi."
  • Giotto: Giotto was a painter and architect who was born in the town of Colle di Val d'Elsa. He is known for his frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua and the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi.

These are just a few of the many famous artists who were born or worked in Tuscany. The region has a rich history of art and culture and has produced many other famous artists and writers over the centuries.

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In Tuscany, you'll find a wide range of experiences that make it one of the most romantic places in Italy. Take in the stunning views of the countryside from a hot air balloon ride or indulge in a relaxing couples' massage at a luxury spa.

A trip to Tuscany just isn’t the full experience without a classic Tuscan vineyard experience. Nestled in the rolling hills of the region's stunning countryside, these vineyards offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the area.

Sample a variety of the region's finest wines, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, as you learn about the production processes from local winemakers. Take in the peaceful atmosphere and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, and immerse yourself in the region's rich culinary traditions.

For couples looking to celebrate their love, a visit to a Tuscany winery is the perfect romantic activity.

The region is also home to a number of charming towns and cities that are perfect for a romantic getaway. Explore the narrow streets and charming squares of cities like Siena, Florence, and Pisa, and discover the region's rich cultural heritage.

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Florence

Of course I couldn’t move on from Tuscany before highlighting this romantic gem. So beautiful it inspired the term “Florence syndrome” in the 1970’s when a handful of visitors became deeply attached to the awe-inspiring works of art they visited.

Florence is an unmissable city for couples looking to celebrate their love, and solo travelers looking to simply immerse themselves in the romance of Italy.

Here are just 3 reasons why Florence is one of the most romantic places in Italy:

●     Beautiful architecture: Florence is home to a number of beautiful architectural landmarks, such as the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio, and the Ponte Vecchio. These iconic landmarks provide a stunning backdrop for a romantic stroll through the city.

●     Delicious cuisine: The city is known for its excellent food, including dishes such as bistecca alla fiorentina (Florentine steak), pappa al pomodoro (tomato and bread soup), and gelato. Enjoy a romantic meal at a cozy trattoria or indulge in some of the city's famous gelato.

●     World-class art: Florence is home to a number of world-class art museums, including the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria dell'Accademia, which are home to works by artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. Take a romantic tour of the city's art museums and admire the stunning works on display.

Overall Florence will have you falling in love with la dolce vita quicker than you can say Botticelli.

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Amalfi Coast

Escape to the romantic shores of the Amalfi Coast, where beautiful beaches and charming towns await. Spend a day lounging on the sandy beaches, taking in the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the rugged coastline. Or, explore the charming town of Amalfi and sample some of the local limoncello, a refreshing lemon liqueur.

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The Amalfi Coast is known for its delicious cuisine, which is heavily influenced by seafood and fresh ingredients.

Here are a few dishes that would be perfect for a romantic meal on the Amalfi Coast:

  • Seafood risotto
    This classic dish is made with a variety of seafood, including shrimp, scallops, and mussels, and is flavored with white wine and a variety of aromatic herbs.
  • Limoncello sorbet
    Limoncello is a popular lemon liqueur that is made on the Amalfi Coast. Limoncello sorbet is a refreshing dessert that is perfect for a romantic meal.
  • Bufala mozzarella
    The Amalfi Coast is home to some of the best mozzarella in Italy, made from the milk of water buffalo. Enjoy a romantic meal with a selection of fresh mozzarella and other local cheeses.
  • Local white wine
    The Amalfi Coast is home to a number of excellent white wines, including Furore, Praiano, and Tramonti. Enjoy a glass of one of these wines with your romantic meal.

Can you taste the Amalfi coast yet?

For the perfect sunset, head to the town of Ravello, where you'll be able to enjoy stunning views of the coastline. Or, take a boat ride along the coast and watch the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea. Either way, you and your partner will be able to experience one of the most romantic places in Italy at its finest.

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Pompeii

For couples seeking a romantic getaway, this ancient city offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step back in time and experience the beauty and history of ancient Rome. Nestled at the base of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii is a city frozen in time, preserved by the eruption that shook the ancient world in 79 AD.

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Step back in time and walk through the ruins of the city, hand-in-hand with your loved one. Imagine what life was like in ancient times as you wander through the ancient streets and marvel at the incredible architecture that has stood the test of time.

Missing the ocean?

Then head to the nearby town of Sorrento and enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the stunning coastline.

Not sure where to stay for the most romantic views of the ruins?

There are a few options for accommodations in Pompeii that would provide a romantic setting for couples.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Villa Signorini
    Located just a few minutes from the ruins of Pompeii, this luxurious villa offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the Bay of Naples. The villa features elegant guest rooms and suites, as well as a restaurant, spa, and outdoor pool.
  • Hotel Vittoria
    Located in the heart of Pompeii, this 4-star hotel offers comfortable guest rooms and suites with views of the city or the garden. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar, and outdoor pool.
  • Agriturismo Il Gelso
    This rural bed and breakfast is located just a few minutes from the ruins of Pompeii and offers cozy rooms and suites with views of the surrounding countryside. The property also features a restaurant, bar, and outdoor pool.
  • Hotel Forum
    Located in the center of Pompeii, this 4-star hotel offers guest rooms and suites with views of the city or the garden. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar, and outdoor pool.

Overall, any of these options would provide a romantic setting for a couple's getaway to Pompeii.

To fully immerse yourself in the magic of Pompeii, be sure to visit the Pompeii Archaeological Park, where you'll be able to explore the ruins of the city and learn about its fascinating history. And don't forget to sample some of the delicious local cuisine, including dishes like pizza and pasta alla puttanesca (one of my favorites!).

 

Sicily

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. I love Sicily for so many reasons. The island is full of rich history, beautiful landscapes, and delicious cuisine. From the ancient ruins of Taormina and Siracusa, to the stunning beaches of Trapani and Agrigento, there is always something new and exciting to explore. The people of Sicily are also incredibly welcoming and friendly, making it a truly special place to visit.

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You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing the best city to visit in Sicily, so it really depends on your personal preferences. Palermo, the island's capital, offers a vibrant atmosphere and a rich cultural heritage. Or, you could visit Catania, a charming city on the eastern coast of the island, known for its beautiful Baroque architecture.

Top 4 most romantic cities in Sicily;

  • Taormina
    To experience the best sunset in Sicily, head here. Located on the east coast of the island, Taormina is a charming town with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding mountains. The town is home to beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, and a charming old town filled with cobblestone streets, cute boutiques, and delicious restaurants.
  • Siracusa
    Located on the southeast coast of the island, Siracusa is a city with a rich history and a beautiful location on the Mediterranean Sea. The city is home to ancient ruins, charming streets, and a beautiful harbor.
  • Agrigento
    Located on the south coast of the island, Agrigento is home to the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with ancient Greek temples. The city is also home to beautiful beaches, charming streets, and delicious restaurants.
  • Trapani
    Located on the west coast of the island, Trapani is a charming city with a beautiful location on the Mediterranean Sea. The city is home to beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, and a charming old town filled with narrow streets, cute boutiques, and delicious restaurants.

No matter where you choose to visit in Sicily, be sure to try some of the delicious local cuisine. Specialties like pasta alla Norma and arancini are must-try dishes, and you should also sample some of the local wines and desserts.

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Dolomites

The Dolomites in Italy are a true paradise for couples in search of romance. This stunning mountain range, located in northeastern Italy, is known for its towering peaks, idyllic alpine meadows, and crystal-clear lakes.

Hike or drive up to Tre Cime di Lavaredo at an altitude of 7,500 ft. and gaze out across a myriad of ranges and peaks that make up the Dolomite Mountains. Here you can enjoy a quaint picnic, and enjoy some of the most incredible views Italy has to offer.

After an exhilarating day of hiking, you may both be after something a little more relaxing?

In which case there's nothing more romantic than soaking in a hot tub, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Dolomites. Other romantic pursuits include visiting one of the many vineyards for a luxurious wine tasting experience. Or how about picking olives together at one of the olive groves dotted on the mountain?

In the evening, enjoy a romantic dinner at a cozy mountain chalet, savoring local specialties like polenta and wild game. And be sure to end the night with a spot of stargazing. The Dolomites offer some of the best stargazing in Europe, thanks to their high elevation and low light pollution. Pack a blanket, two glasses and some sparkling wine and head to a secluded spot to enjoy the stars together.

Could this be one of the most romantic places in Italy?

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Rome

Finally, as the home of the world's most iconic monument to love, Rome is a must-visit destination for couples. Stroll through the winding streets of the Eternal City, and marvel at the ancient ruins, ornate fountains, and beautiful baroque architecture. For a truly romantic experience, visit the Trevi Fountain at night, when the fountain is illuminated and the crowds have thinned.

Rome can be a daunting city to grapple with if you’ve never been before. It’s a melting pot of kooky neighborhoods, ancient history and fine food.

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Here are a few suggestions for neighborhoods that would be ideal for a romantic trip to Rome:

  • Trastevere: Located on the west bank of the Tiber River, Trastevere is a charming and bohemian neighborhood with narrow streets, cute boutiques, and delicious restaurants. It's a great place to wander and explore together.
  • Campo de' Fiori: Located in the center of Rome, Campo de' Fiori is a lively neighborhood with a vibrant market, cute cafes, and stylish boutiques. It's a great place to spend a romantic evening out.
  • Monte Mario: Located to the northwest of Rome, Monte Mario is a residential neighborhood with a peaceful and upscale atmosphere. It's a great place to stay if you want to escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet.
  • Testaccio: Located to the south of Rome, Testaccio is a trendy neighborhood with a lively atmosphere and a focus on food. It's a great place to enjoy some delicious Roman cuisine together.
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Eating in Rome is an experience that is as much about the food as it is about the atmosphere. The city is home to countless romantic restaurants that offer delicious Italian cuisine and charming settings.

Here are my top 10 romantic foodie recommendations;

  1. La Gensola
  2. La Torricella
  3. Osteria La Gensola
  4. Trattoria da Teo
  5. Antico Arco
  6. Roscioli
  7. Il Sanlorenzo
  8. La Pergola

Imagine cozy tables for two, surrounded by flickering candles and the soft glow of twinkling lights. The sound of gentle Italian conversation fills the air as you peruse the menu.

When your food arrives, it is presented with pride and care. The flavors are bold and authentic, each bite a celebration of Rome's rich culinary heritage.

In a city like Rome, you can find romance in every sensory moment.

Ready for Romance?

From the charming streets of Rome to the stunning beaches of the Amalfi Coast, there is no shortage of romantic destinations in my beautiful country. Take a leisurely stroll through the historic streets, enjoy a delicious meal at a cozy trattoria, and watch the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea. Perhaps you’re traveling with a loved one, your family, friends or alone – it doesn’t matter in Italy because by just merely being here you’ll feel the very essence of romance at every turn.

If you’re ready to start planning your trip to the most romantic places in Italy,get in touch here. Our expert tour designers love nothing more than to craft love stories!

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