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Explore the Romance of Italia!

on December 28 | in Issue 14, Issue 18, Travel & Leisure | by | with No Comments

When I hear the words romantic Italy, I think of the saying,“that’s amore.”

While France and Italy tend to be the most popular places to visit every year, Italy still wins with the number of romantic places to visit.  Think about it. There isn’t a place in Italy that isn’t romantic.  From northern Italy to the southern coast, Italy is Amore!  Here are some of my favorite places for two people in love.



Venice is rich in history and culture.  And let’s admit that when we hear the word Venice, we think of romantic gondola rides with your gondolier singing a romantic song.  You can’t help but be charmed by Venice’s winding alleyways and picturesque piazzas.  Make sure you visit the island of Murano and bring home some lovely wine glasses to rekindle not only the memories of your visit but your amore.

Cinque Terre


Cinque Terre is a wonderful place to walk hand in hand with the one you love.  Take a stroll down Via Dell’Amore between Riomaggiore and Manarola in the pastel-hued Cinque Terre. Here, you can seal your eternal love at Lover’s Lock or enjoy a smooch on the Love Seat.

Taormina in Sicily


Don’t miss this very picturesque town.  Not only will you have a view of Mt. Etna, but you will also fall in love with Taormina.  You will enjoy eating gelato to cool down or some of their authentic Italian Pizza or calzone while admiring the beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea below.  Make sure you make time to see the ancient Greek theatre nearby.

Lake Como, near Milan

Lake Como

Another beautiful and romantic place to visit in Italy is Lake Como.  Nestled between Milan and the Swiss border, the serene region of Lake Como is surrounded by mountains and hills and is the ideal place to hang out with a loved one.

Tuscany, central Italy


The Tuscan countryside is the ideal place to combine romance and food. Feast on local, precious white truffles in a candlelit San Miniato eatery, sip wine among the vineyards of Montepulciano, or walk along the beautiful beaches of the Monte Argentario peninsula.

Portofino, Genoa


Portofino, a commune located in the provence of Genoa on the Italian Riviera, is an Italian fishing village and upmarket resort famous for its picturesque harbor and historical association with celebrity visitors. Portofino is a favorite among celebrities—not surprising, because this Italian Riviera town is packed full of luxurious resorts and million-dollar yachts.  You and your other half should stroll up the hill for spectacular views of the lighthouse, Castello Brown castle, and Portofino’s tiny church. After all, romance shouldn’t cost anything.

The Amalfi coastline


Positano is one of the Amalfi coast’s most scenic towns. This former fishing village is a favorite among loved-up couples wanting to amble from shop to restaurant to beach (hand-in-hand, of course). Enjoy some of the best seafood restaurants and pizzerias in the country, go swimming in local caves, share a bottle of wine on a terrace, or hire a private boat to take you out into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.

The Trevi Fountain, Rome


The beautiful Trevi Fountain in Rome is not to be missed.  An old Italian legend states that if you throw a coin into Rome’s Trevi fountain, you will return to the capital city. If you toss two coins, you will enjoy a new romance. But if you find yourself there with the love of your life, three coins in this Baroque fountain will ensure marriage.  So much to see and do in Rome you might have to find a spot by the Colosseum and share a gelato.  What could be better?  That’s Amore!

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