Think of where to go for a romantic trip with your other half and chances are you’ll both say ‘Italy!’, quicker than you’ll say ‘I do!’ The beautiful Italian language, rich foods and juicy wines all add up to make Italy one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
From cliffside views along the Amalfi Coast to the home of literature’s most famous star-crossed lovers, Italy has endless lovely places. With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, consider this your romantic guide to live la Dolce Vita.
Your only worry will be choosing which one of these destinations to visit first…
1. Perugia, Umbria
A Medieval old square, winding alleys with wine bars on every corner and hillside castles will make you fall in love with Perugia. Charming villages surround the city and you can take a little boat trip to islands on Lake Trasimeno.
You’ve got to try the Baci Perugina, chocolate and hazelnut truffles in their famous silver and blue wrapping, with a romantic message tucked inside.
2. Verona, Veneto
Verona is known worldwide as the city of lovers, as it’s where the tale of Romeo and Juliet is based. See Juliet’s house, with its famous balcony telling of the tragic love story by William Shakespeare.
The city itself has beautiful squares to explore, as well as Roman ruins and cosy restaurants with local wine.
3. Cinque Terre, Liguria
Is there anything prettier than this area of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline? The five towns (Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare) are made for a romantic trip. Drink Aperol Spritz by the clear blue sea and hike through the hills for a sunset view.
4. Pienza, Tuscany
What makes this village perfect for romantics is that the 1960s movie Romeo and Juliet was shot on location at the Piccolomini palace. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has incredible Renaissance architecture.
It gets bonus points for streets with “lovely” names such as Via dell’Amore (love street) and Via del Bacio (kiss street).
5. CioccoLocanda, Vicoforte, Piedmont
This hotel offers chocolate spa treatments and will even run a chocolate bath for you and your loved one. You can also enjoy a chocolate Tasting Menu, get a cocoa butter massage and visit the Chocolate Museum.
The town of Vicoforte is small, but absolutely gorgeous.
6. Polignano al Mare, Puglia
One of the most romantic spots in the country, this clifftop village overlooks the Adriatic sea and has many caves to explore. One of the best things to do here is have dinner in Grotta Palazzese.
This magical restaurant with a terrace was created inside a natural cave, and is one of the most unique places you’ll ever eat. Just take note, it’s only open in the summer.
7. Positano, Campagna
The hillside town of Positano is a riot of sunny colours and flowers, with seaside views and a pretty pebble beach. The most popular place to visit along the Amalfi Coast, this is a place you’ll never forget.
Spend afternoons on your balcony, glass of wine in hand, looking out at the waves below. Your Instagram will look insane after a few days in this scenic spot.