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Europe's not so hidden gem, Italy. The land with a rich reputar of Romantic cities for you to choose from on this upcoming Valentines day long weekend, but which destination should you choose?
A common answer is Venice, and of course this is a great choice, with its utterly unique winding canals and secret streets, it seems like someone purposely designed this city for February 14th.
Do not worry if you cannot take the extra long weekend off of work. Starting Saturday Feb 23rd, the world famous carnival will begin and last until Tuesday March 5th. Giving you plenty of time to get some Romantic R&R in the floating city.
Verona is easily accessible while travelling from Venice to Milan. Home to the courtyard that inspired Shakespeare to write Romeo & Juliet, a riverside medieval castle, an ancient Roman amphitheatre and an alley covered in inked love notes, this is a big contender for Italy's Top Romantic City!
Bologna, easily accessibile from Verona on a high speed train, is another candidate for the top Romantic city in Italy. Home to some of Italy's most famous food and a not so famous leaning tower. Bologna is a close-nit university city with a lively nightlife & many cool locations to have a Romantic aperitivo. Within the main square, just round the corner to Neptunes fountain, you will find a very eye catching church with a half finished facade. The red and white marble along with the brick work compliment each other nicely.
Rome, the capital. From two thousand year old, still standing monuments, to the smallest state in the world, and everything in between, this is a very special city that everyone must try to explore at least once in their life. Your eyes will be in delight the whole time you're here. As Rome is much bigger than other cities mentioned, there are many Romantic spots to check out while here, but below I will mention just a couple.
A staple of Italian Romance, only enhanced by the movie, La Dolce Vita, the Trevi Fountain is a great place to take your loved one. Be sure to bring a few coins with you to participate in the famous backwards throw. Old Roman tradition is to throw one coin with your right hand over your left shoulder, this supposedly means you will return to Rome. A more recent tradition though is to throw 3 coins, the first with the same meaning as tradition, the second meaning you'll find new love, and the third leading to marriage. A big tip is to visit the world famous fountain after midnight if possible. There will be considerably less people around at that hour and the pitch black sky will compliment the bright white marble.
An almost hidden oasis awaits you and your loved one on top of one of the seven hills of the city. Borghese park is home to Shakespeare's theatre, with regular summer shows, Villa Borghese art gallery and one of the most Romantic dining spots in the city. During the day you will notice parrots gliding through the pine trees, local couples picnicking on the grass and 228 busts of historic and pivotal Italians, even including some famous love poets. The park is also home to a small turtle filled lake, giving the possibility to rent a small boat to row, venture even further to find a zoo! But before leaving, make sure to go to "Pincio terrace" around sunset, it offers a picturesque panoramic view of the city.
The capital of Puglia, Bari, in Southern Italy isn't a usual vacation destination as it used to be difficult to reach, now however, in around 4 hours from Rome, you can reach this Adriatic sea town. One of the top Romantic attributes Bari boasts is a breathtakingly beautiful cliffside restaurant. Being the only place in the world quite like this, it could possibly be the most Romantic dinner destination you'll ever eat at.
Puglia is also home to the Traditional Trullo, a small cottage with pointed roof, you can even stay in one for your time in the area!
In conclusion, Italy is a very Romantic place to visit. With so many places to choose from, it can be hard to decide or know what you can physically fit into your vacation. That is why we have our dedicated customer support team who are not just Italy experts but also Romantics at heart.