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Discover the Most Romantic Places in Italy
What could be more romantic than a honeymoon in Italy to some of Italy’s most romantic cities – Bellissimo! From the most famous cities to lesser-known romantic destinations, continue reading and swoon over all the incredibly romantic places you can visit in Italy and add them to your romantic Italy itinerary!
1. Romantic Venice
The floating city of love has to be on the top of this list – taking a gondola ride down the Grand Canal, beneath the Rialto Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs, where you pass into the most picturesque back canals… it’s everyone’s dream, right? See inside the Doge’s Palace, photograph the basilica, then watch the sunset from St Mark’s Square, or if that’s too crowded, head to the more peaceful Parco delle Rimembranze. The San Giorgio Maggiore Campanile also boats a stunning view – try and tick all of these places off of your things to do in Venice list if you can!
A day trip out to Burano, the island with the iconic colorful buildings, is also a must on your Venice itinerary. Visiting the island of Murano, where the famous glass is made, might also be on your bucket list so that you can pick up a memorable souvenir to remember your time in this beautiful place for years to come. And don’t forget to book your stay at one of these stunning hotels in Venice.
2. Romantic Verona
The setting for Shakespeare’s timeless love story, see Juliet’s statue and the iconic balcony that so many romantics flock to despite it being built in the 20th century. If that sounds too touristic, walk hand-in-hand through the Giusti Garden crossing the Adige River. Take in the view from Piazzale Castel San Pietro or the Torre dei Lamberti, enjoying the panoramic views across the terracotta rooftops of the city. Watch an opera at Verona’s older yet smaller version of Rome’s Colosseum, the Verona Arena built in the 1st century BC with dinner in Piazza Bra.
The next day, take in the architecture at Piazza dei Signori aka Piazza Dante, visit the beautiful 13th-century Basilica of St. Anastasia, and wander around the gorgeous cobbled backstreets. Before you leave this wonderful small city, be sure to try the traditional rice dish, Amarone Risotto and if time allows, book a day trip to Lake Garda.
3. Romantic Florence
Florence is another charming Italian city with Renaissance architecture that is also your gateway to experiencing Tuscany. Get acquainted with the magic of Florence (the capital of culture) with a walking tour. Then head over to the Palazzo Pitti to see where the Royal family used to live, followed by a trip inside the stunning basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. Climb the 463 steps to the top of the Bell Tower and enjoy a 360-degree view across the city, including the iconic Duomo’s views.
Piazzale Michelangelo is the place to capture the picture-postcard view at sunset. Pack a picnic and enjoy the show that Mother Nature puts on over the city before sharing a bottle of Chianti wine over a romantic dinner in one of the many squares. If you’re keen to avoid the crowds at sunset, wander through the Boboli Gardens instead. You’ll still get insta-worthy views of the city, promise. Finally, your Florence itinerary should include a visit to the Uffizi museum. You can see a fantastic collection of Renaissance paintings and the Accademia to admire David’s statue by Michelangelo. Spurge on one of these amazing hotels during your time in Florence – after all, you only get to spend your Honeymoon in Italy once!
4. Romantic Rome
A visit to the ‘Eternal City’ will undoubtedly mean seeing the Colosseum, exploring the Roman Forum, throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain, posing on the Spanish Steps, and visiting the Vatican Museum. Rome has so many attractions and things to do, and a great way to save money is to buy the Roma Pass.
Still, there’s so much more for couples to enjoy! Walk hand in hand beside the River Tiber towards Trastevere’s bohemian neighborhood. If you are visiting June-September, be sure to watch a film at Tiber island as part of the summer film festival. Spend a romantic afternoon in Villa Borghese Park admiring the beautiful landscaping. You can rent a paddleboat and go out onto the lake. Then visit the Pincio Viewpoint to enjoy the sunset with views reaching all the way to the Vatican.
Round off your Rome itinerary with some night activities. Go to the opera. Enjoying a romantic dinner in a rooftop restaurant. Or just meander around the city to enjoy the monuments lit up at night. Don’t forget to put a padlock on Ponte Milvio, the famous ‘Love Locks’ bridge, to secure your love for each other! And don’t forget to book your room at one of these amazing hotels right in the heart of Rome!
5. Romantic Bologna
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but if either of you is a culture-vulture-loving foodie, a visit to Bologna will satisfy all your cravings! Eat authentic bolognese and learn to cook like an Italian by taking a cooking class. You could also take a picnic of bread, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and prosciutto ham out to the hills to enjoy some time in nature away from the sightseeing crowds.
Back in the city, you’re bound to want to get your fill of architecture by visiting the beautiful churches and taking in all the incredible views. Be sure to admire the view from the top of Due Torri, aka ‘the kissing towers.’ Top it off by taking to the skies in a hot air balloon and marvel at the Emilia-Romagna region’s captivating countryside! Also, take a look at these recommendations on where to stay in Bologna.
6. Romantic Bergamo
Get off the well-trodden tourist trail with a visit to Bergamo. This is a beautiful city of two halves with Medieval architecture in the walled Old Town and neoclassical architecture in the new town. The place where stracciatella ice cream was invented, it would be rude not to feast on gelato while here. Grab a cone while you stroll around the city walls checking out the city’s most iconic buildings and admiring the views; as far as Milan!
Walk off the calories by climbing the 230 steps up the Civic Tower to admire the panoramic views. You can also take the lift as you’ll need to climb another 141 steps if you visit the beautiful Orto Botanico di Bergamo gardens. You can also visit the gardens belonging to the 17th-century, Baroque-style palace. Be sure not to skip the tour inside the palace as it contains paintings by some of Bergamo’s most renowned artists. There’s lots more to see and do in this gem of a town – don’t overlook it in favor of the more famous romantic Italian cities; you’d be missing out on a lot on your Honeymoon in Italy!
7. Romantic Naples (gateway to the Amalfi Coast)
A seaside city of contrasts with its crumbling buildings consisting of Gothic, Baroque, and Neoclassical architecture combined with vibrant street life. Naples is also a gateway to the stunning Amalfi Coast, home to those iconic pastel-colored cliffside villages. That doesn’t mean you have to leave the city. There’s more than enough to explore besides the top tourist attractions, including a visit to the Castel Nuovo, the Royal Palace, and a stroll down Spaccanapoli street.
You can walk hand-in-hand along the pier. Sit down at one of the top Pizzerias and feed your love with the famous pizza Neapolitan. Then hop on a bicycle made for two and explore the city streets on a tandem bike. Or head out into Naples Bay on a boat trip before rounding up the day with a ballet performance at Teatro San Carlo. You can also take a wine tour, go truffle hunting, and hike up Mount Vesuvius; this just for starters!
8. Romantic Siena
35 miles from Florence, this is Tuscany’s second city. Siena has a wealth of art, architecture, and museums, so there’s plenty to see and do. Wander the narrow streets that lead off from the city’s main square called Piazza del Campo taking in the top attractions. Look inside the impressive cathedral home of the Biblioteca Piccolomini. This library was commissioned by Pope Pius III in the 16th century to house the books belonging to his deceased Uncle, Pope Pius II. A trip to the top of the secular tower (Torre del Mangia ) also shouldn’t be missed to enjoy views across the city.
If time allows, consider booking up for a Tuscany wine tour, so you get to see some of Tuscany’s stunning countryside, or visit the nearby castle, Castello Banfi in Montalcino; otherwise, stay in the historic center; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site after all!
Honeymoon in Italy – Most romantic places in Italy was contributed by Chrissy. Chrissy is a passionate traveler that loves city breaks. Through Two Days in a City, she wants to help you plan the perfect weekend getaway.