You could be a couple that loves nothing more than a relaxing holiday by the pool and an evening stroll into a quiet town, or you could be a mountain-biking, adrenalin-fuelled pair who want to live every day to the max. No matter who you are, Italy will have everything you need for the perfect romantic break – here are just five cities that should have you falling in love all over again.
Floating down the canals of this ancient city on a gondola as you’re serenaded, with a glass of champagne in hand – what could be more romantic than that? Venice has proved itself to be one of the most romantic cities in the world, with stunning architecture, quaint backstreets and quirky street performers on every corner. The main attraction you’ll want to fit into your weekend can be found around the famous Piazza San Marco, the principal public space of the entire city, and the perfect place to grab a coffee and some lunch after a stroll down the Grand Canal.
To the east, you’ll find Saint Mark’s Basilica; this certainly can’t be easily missed, as it dominates the square with its opulent design and imposing Italo-Byzantine architecture.
This has to be seen to be believed; given the excessive use of gold, a status symbol of Venetian wealth and power, from the 11th century it has been known as Chiesa d’Oro, or the Church of Gold.
This is a city for couples who love life a little busier; you’ll be bustling your way through the streets on a mission to see as many of its historical landmarks as possible, but luckily, Rome is an easy place to get around on foot if you plan your route in advance. Start off in the heart of the city and visit the magnificent Colosseum, where warriors of the past fought to the death. Then, head for the grand pillars that guard the Pantheon; built in 118AD, it is still one of the best-preserved of all Rome’s ancient buildings.
While you’re in Rome, you’ll want to check out the many regular street markets, peruse the many shops and pick up some souvenirs. Just make sure that you leave some time to indulge in one of the local past times; Rome Opera Tickets have a full schedule of all the shows, concerts, ballets and operas held throughout the year.
3. Lake Garda
This destination is definitely made for couples who just want a bit of rest and relaxation. Surround yourself with picture-perfect mountain backdrops, sun bathe by the shore and take a dip in the crystal clear lake to cool off when you’re ready. If you do fancy a taste of adventure, there are tonnes of walking trails and cycling routes that will help you make the most of your time there, and lead you both to some truly spectacular picnic spots. There are plenty of lake-side restaurants and bars for your evening stroll out too, where you can just watch the sun go down.
Where would you go for a romantic city break?