The Most Romantic Places in Italy

Where to Go for your Romantic Italian Vacation

Road of the Conciliation in Rome at dusk
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Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world and is a top romantic vacation destination. Italy's picturesque seaside villages, beautiful countryside, lakes, and historic cities are filled with romantic settings, views, hotels, and restaurants. Here are the top Italian cities, villages, lakes, and islands for romance.
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    A Gondolier Rowing A Gondola
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    Venice is one of Italy's most beautiful and romantic cities with winding canals, gondolas, and narrow streets that are perfect for losing yourselves together. Get away from the crowds in small picturesque squares, romantic restaurants and cafes where you can linger. Venice is a top place to go for Carnevale.

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    Idyllic Travel Destination In Lombardy
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    Lake Como, ringed with beautiful villas and resort villages and surrounded by hills and mountains, has long been a romantic travel destination. Bellagio, known as the pearl of the lake, is one of the most romantic villages. Surrounded by hills and mountains, For a romantic view of the lake and alps, take the funicular from Como town to the village of Brunate.

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    Positano, Italy
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    Positano, on the Amalfi Coast, is one of Italy's most romantic destinations. The picturesque town is built vertically on the face of a cliff, making for stunning views of the sea. There are romantic restaurants and hotels with fantastic seafood and sea views. With its relatively mild climate, Positano can be visited year round. There are many other towns on the Amalfi Coast that may also interest you.

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    Capri Harbor, Campania, Italy
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    The enchanting island of Capri has been a favorite destination since Roman times. Capri has romantic views, secluded coves, and stunning beauty. The island is awash with fragrant flowers scenting the air, adding to the romance. If you're looking for romance with thermal pools, hot springs, and fewer tourists consider the nearby island of Ischia.

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    Portofino, Italy
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    Portofino is a picturesque, half-moon shaped seaside village with pastel houses, seaside restaurants, and cafes lining the shore of the harbor. Portofino's crystalline green waters reveal a myriad display of aquatic life. A romantic castle and tiny church sit atop the hill overlooking the village. For a romantic walk, take the scenic pathway out to the lighthouse on the point.

    You may also want to look into other romantic Italian Riviera villages of Camogli and Portovenere.

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    Gulf of Poets
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    If you prefer smaller more intimate towns on the coast try the Gulf of Poets, Golfo dei Poeti, popular in the past with romantic poets like Byron and Shelley. Even in summer you won't find big tourist crowds. Nearby are the famous Cinque Terre, romantic at night but usually overrun with tourists during the day.

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    Piazza delle Erbe in Verona
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    Verona is famous for the house and balcony said to belong to Juliet in the Shakespeare story, Romeo and Juliet. Romantics flock to Verona to visit Juliet's house, rub the right breast of Juliet's statue for luck, and take a picture of the balcony. Attending an opera in the 2000 year old open-air Roman Arena is also romantic. Enjoy a romantic carriage ride, stroll along the river, or relax in an outdoor cafe on the square, before heading back to your hotel.

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    Panoramic view of Taormina
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    Taormina has been one of Sicily's top travel destinations since it became part of the European Grand Tour in the 19th century and Sicily's first resort. Perched on the side of Monte Tauro, the town offers romantic views of the coast and Mt. Etna volcano. Below the town are excellent beaches where you can swim in the clear sea water. Taormina has a medieval quarter, castle ruins and a Greek theater still used for summer performances.

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    Castle on cliff near seashore
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    If you're planning a romantic vacation in Italy, you'll probably want to choose a romantic hotel. Here's a selection of romantic places to stay throughout Italy, from Venice to the heel of the boot, including Castle Hotels and luxury hotels and resorts.


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    Italy,Tuscany, Bagno Vignoni
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    There are still some places in Tuscany where you can soak in the healing thermal waters for free while at the other end of the spectrum, hotels and towns now also have luxurious modern spas. Here are 7 towns to visit for their historic spas and natural thermal pools with therapeutic waters.


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    Flowers Growing On Landscape
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    While people often think of Tuscany in association with hill towns, there are romantic hill towns in many parts of Italy, usually with great views of the surrounding countryside too. Here are my picks for favorite hill towns to visit.