There’s a reason why Italy is considered one of Europe’s most romantic countries. Below are five of the towns that make Italy one of the world’s top destinations for lovers. Whether on your honeymoon, getting married, or just taking the next step in your relationship, don’t miss these five quintessentially romantic cities – both hidden gems and well-known destinations.
You can’t have a list of the most romantic towns without including the Tuscan hilltop town of Pienza. Book your room at La Bandita Townhouse and spend the evening wining and dining at their top notch restaurant. Be sure to watch the sunset across the sweeping views of the Tuscan countryside. The quaint, serene nature of this stunning town will leave you and your partner breathless.
From Rome – Take the train from Termini to Chiusi (€15-20, a little under 2 hours). From here, hire a car to pick you up for the remaining 30 minute drive. Or, hire a driver the entire route, which is just about 2 hours.
From Florence – By train, the journey will take you 4 and a half hours, but requires a connection in Siena. This will only put you out €20-30. You’re better off hiring or renting a car – in which case, the drive is only an hour and a half.
Go from one romantic town to another when you take a quick day trip from Florence to the small charming town of Brisighella. Just an hour and a half by train, you and your loved one will be in awe of the authenticity that abounds. Enjoy a romantic lunch at one of the many delicious restaurants before taking a quick hike up to La Rocca Manfrediana. Back down in the center of town, wander around following the signs for the many sites to see all within a few blocks of one another.
A quick hour-and-a-half train ride from Florence! The station is right in the center of town, so jump hop off and start exploring.
Civita di Bagnoregio
Get lost in the tiny, narrow passageways once you get up to the top of Civita di Bagnoregio, also known as la città che muore (the dying city). Perched atop a hill just an hour from Orvieto, in the province of Viterbo, Civita proves to be one of Italy’s most charming and romantic villages. While it’s no longer much of a hidden gem, as it’s gained a lot of popularity over the years, you’ll still be able to stroll through hand in hand and enjoy some hidden viewpoints.
From Rome – Take the 1-hour and 15 minute train ride to Orvieto. To get to Civita from Orvieto, take the bus departing from outside the train station to the town of Bagnoregio, which is at the town directly below Civita. Make sure to check the Bus Timetable before you go, as there are limited buses that run, especially on certain days.
From Florence – Take the train to Orvieto, just being an additional hour
It goes without saying, Venice is one of the most romantic cities in all of Europe. Be sure to enjoy some off the beaten path Venice tours & experiences to avoid the crowds. If you’re really looking for the ultimate couples Instagram to make your friends at home jealous, you can’t skip a gondola ride. It’s a splurge – but worth it.
You can fly directly into Venice’s International Marco Polo Airport, or take a train from any major city in Italy.
Romance abounds in Rome, there’s no doubt here. But where to experience the romance? Check out one of Rome’s many rooftop bars, notably some near the Vatican. During the summer months, Castel Sant’Angelo sets up an aperitivo so you can eat, drink, and take in the stunning views of St. Peter’s Basilica and the streets of Rome below.
One of the most romantic activities you definitely can’t miss is watching the sunset from Piazza Garibaldi in Monteverde. Grab a bottle of wine and you’ll fit right in with the local Italian men who are swooning their dates.
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