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The Most Romantic Places in Italy to Take Your Significant Other

Romantic Italy Getaways

A romantic trip consists of relaxing on the coast of Italy and taking in the breathtaking views, tasting new foods, and staying at amazing resorts. There is love in the air at all times, and you will feel it as soon as you arrive. From activities for couples to quiet time spent with just one another, Italy has it all. Before you plan your next romantic getaway, here are some options that you must add to your itinerary.

Venice

Many couples dream of visiting the city of Venice and taking a romantic gondola ride back in time in this gorgeous floating city. Enjoy the stunning architecture that you will see, and view Venetian art from the 14th to 18th century at the Church of the Frari. You can also choose to take a boat ride to the nearby islands for an experience that will live in your memory forever.
Get in tune with one of the world’s most famed lovers, Casanova, as you enjoy wine at Do Spade bar on Calle de Spade, where he met his own lovers near the Rialto Bridge. When evening arrives, enjoy a candlelight dinner by the water at Riviera, a waterfront terrace situated on the Giudecca Canal. The city of Venice is full of romantic Italian history that is perfect for any couple in love.

Capri

Nothing says romance quite like a trip to Capri. You’ll soak up ocean views as you enjoy your time at this picturesque location. Enjoy the ruins of the ancient complex of Villa Jovis, the main residence of Tiberius in Capri. You can take a quaint chairlift ride to the peak of Capri and enjoy the scenery, even catching a glimpse of the entire Bay of Naples. Don’t leave this location without a visit to Grotta Azzurra, a sea cave that contains a blue light that gives the cave a surreal feel. At the end of the day, be sure to enjoy a meal at Villa Margherita, an Italian seafood restaurant where you can have a quiet evening with your significant other while feeling as if you are the only two people in the world.

Lo Smeraldino Amalfi Restaurant

No trip to Amalfi would be complete without a romantic meal at Lo Smeraldino Amalfi Restaurant! You can enjoy seafood like you never before have, along with meat dishes and vegetables to please all tastes. With magnificent views throughout the space, the restaurant features a menu with local flavor. After dinner, spend some time on the terrace overlooking the sea for an experience that will live in your memory for years to come.

Orange Garden

Make time to spend at the Orange Garden in the city of Rome. Walk up the Aventine Hill and along Via di Santa Sabina, where you will find Rome’s “secret keyhole” at the end. This is where the adventure truly begins. Look through the keyhole and see the Knights of Malta’s garden St Peter’s Basilica in perfect view. The Orange Garden, also known as Parco Savello, is surrounded by some of the most magnificent churches in the world. Sit and enjoy the view of the Roman skyline while taking in the aromatic scent of the many orange trees. Or, sit on the terrace over the Tiber River and watch the sunset over St. Peter’s Dome. You’ll get lost in the enchantment of it all!

Ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina

The Ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina is atop a hill on the eastern shores of Sicily. Sitting 250 meters above the Ionian Sea, Taormina is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The Greek Theatre dates back to the third century BC and is still used for performances to this day. Sit and take in the views of Mount Etna and enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. On any given day, you are sure to see many couples strolling hand in hand at this romantic destination.

Juliet’s Balcony

For those visiting Verona, this is not a spot to be missed! What says romance better than Juliet’s balcony? You’ll feel as if you are in a fairytale as you see this amazing building that dates back to the 13th century, and is arguably one of the most romantic spots a couple could go.

Florence

The city of Florence is known for main squares and cobblestone streets that are illuminated by soft lamplight. When the time comes to enjoy a meal for two, there are restaurants with a romantic ambiance, such as Verrazzano, where you can look across the table and into the eyes of your loved one. Enjoy stunning views, a rustic environment, and of course, plenty of wine, as you dine at this enchanting spot.

Atrani

The smallest city in all of Italy, Atrani is the perfect place to enjoy a day with the one that you love. In this quaint village, you’ll see mountains as well as medieval watchtowers. Although the town is quiet and intimate, there is still a friendly feel so that everyone feels welcome. Atrani has distinctive architectural features, including Collegiata di Santa Maria Maddalena, established in 1274.
You won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit this breathtaking church with its 16th-century bell tower and overall beauty. On the 22nd of July every year, you’ll see the Festival of Santa Maria Maddalena, a religious precession followed by fireworks on the beach. While in the village, spend some time at the picturesque beaches, with a luxurious feel and unique black sand. At night, you can see the lights of the city reflected in the water, for a view that is truly unmatched.
Italy is a country in which to make everlasting memories. With no shortage of amazing places to stay, see, and dine at, it is quite an experience to explore the country with the one you love.
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Jason’s Next Journey: Luxembourg, Germany, and Italy

Gearing up for our next big adventure in-country as they say.
We have some exciting insider looks coming your way while we’re filming our upcoming travel episode shorts and we’re getting really excited to share it with you. On this go round we’ll be visiting the duchy of Luxembourg, experiencing a river cruise on the Moselle and Main rivers through Germany, and capping it off with a visit to Italy where we’ll see Florence, Sienna in the heart of Tuscany, and the wonders of Rome.
Stay tuned, it’ll be a fast and furious good time.
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Don’t Leave Italy Without Exploring Tuscany

When you think of Italy, Florence is probably one of the first places that come to mind. Of course, you have to see Florence, and so it seems does everyone else. Enduring crowds is part of the Florentine experience along with being stunned and amazed at its glorious art and architecture and the gleaming gold shops on Ponte Vecchio that spans the Arno River. When you need some breathing room, it is time to explore the less crowded treasures of Tuscany.

Siena

Siena, just 30 minutes from Florence by train, is an ancient hill town famous for the Palio, the centuries-old horse race in the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo. The yellow-brown buildings that line the campo gave the name to the color “sienna.” Walking the ancient streets, you can see neighborhoods defined by the different flags flying from buildings. Each neighborhood has its Palio team, and competition is fierce through the generations.
The green and white marble 12th Century Siena Cathedral is one of the best examples of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Its Gothic octagonal pulpit is supported by lions. Inlaid in the floor is a mosaic labyrinth where penitents walk contemplating their sins. Its Piccolomini Library has frescos by Raphael and other artists from the 1500s, and the ceiling scenes shimmer with gold.
You can take a bus from the train station to avoid the arduous uphill walk. Or, try the series of escalators that take you from the station to the center of the city in less than five minutes.

Lucca

Lucca, an hour train ride from Florence, is a walkable medieval city surrounded by 800-year-old walls. The walls are so thick, they are topped by a park with benches, large trees, and paths. A favorite pastime is walking or biking around the city on the walls. The old Roman forum is the main square now lined with shops and restaurants. Old signage must be preserved, so a pharmacy sign is carved in 16th Century stone above the entrance to a shoe shop.
The town is best known for its native son Puccini who composed many of his famous opera here. He lived in a mid-19th Century apartment that has been made into a museum filled with his memorabilia and showcasing costumes from some of his operas. In the apartment, his family tree, drawn on a wall, goes back to the 1700s and includes several musicians.
An ancient deconsecrated church has free musical performances nearly every night, many featuring the music of Puccini. The 1846 Belle Epoch style Antico Caffé di Simo, Via Fillungo 47, serves great cappuccino and fresh pastries, and also served Puccini and literary luminaries such as Ezra Pound. A piano sits where the piano Puccini used to entertain friends was placed. At night the café is a wine bar.
The cobblestone streets can get crowded during the day because it is a popular tour stop. However, the village has too few hotel beds for most tours to stay overnight. Laws keep the town authentic, and large hotels are not allowed. In the evening, Lucca is quiet and peaceful.
During town’s annual Puccini Festival, you can enjoy one of Puccini’s operas in the outdoor theater on the lake where he composed some of his music. You can park across the lake and take a boat to the opera. During the ride, you experience the watery and waterfowl sounds that inspired the maestro

Lucca’s Countryside

With a car, and it needs to be a small car, you can drive along narrow twisting roads up hills to the hamlet of Celle in Pescaglia to see the ancestral house where Puccini was born. The Puccini progenitor Jacopo was born here in 1712. The house contains original artifacts and furnishings including Puccini’s crib and the bed where it is rumored he was conceived. Celle’s two-block-long main street has a small restaurant serving the rustic Tuscan food Puccini would have grown up on. The restaurant overlooks a bucolic valley.
A hamlet near Vettriano has an 1889 theater constructed in a barn. It is the world’s smallest historic theater still in use. It seats 99 because one more seat would require the installation of fire safety features that would spoil the ambiance. The only way to reach its two tiers of balconies is through the roof. Seats are padded kitchen chairs that retain the character of the times when the townsfolk had to bring their own chairs. Contemporary performances include classical plays and concerts. Puccini attended a performance here, and the townsfolk were so honored, they sang to him. He ungraciously replied, “If I knew you were going to sing, I would have brought my rifle.”

Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta, which means “sacred stone,” is 30 minutes from Lucca. The village is dedicated to sculpture and, to a lesser extent, other arts. The Carrara marble quarries are close to the town and have been mined since ancient Rome. Michelangelo lived in this village while he was searching for the marble he needed for his masterpieces. The Church of Sant Agostino was built in the 14th Century and has been deconsecrated. It is now a museum showcasing contemporary sculpture. Walking around the small town and its gardens, you will see displays of sculpture in surprising places and doors to artists’ studios invitingly open. Visitors enjoy their espressos at outdoor tables in the main piazza with a view of the white marble 14th Century Duomo, or main church, that has a marble rose window dating back to the 14th Century and lunettes with scenes of the Life of Christ over the three portals. The Eno-Trattoria Da Beppino. Via Valdicastello Carducci 34, serves hearty Tuscan food and offers indoor and outdoor seating.

Viareggio

Viareggio is on the Tuscan Riviera. It was a medieval fishing village developed as a seaside resort area in the 19 Century. The tree-lined promenade has boutiques, upscale shops, discos, restaurants, cafes, and art galleries. Pine forests on both sides of town offer a green respite. The town is best known for its “furnished” beaches. With a one-day pass, you can have a place of your own on the sand furnished with a blanket, beach chairs, and beach umbrella. Changing rooms, lockers, and showers are available plus a bar and restaurant.
Adventurous travelers find there is more to Tuscany than Florence and vineyards. Exploring little towns, finding hamlets you have never heard of, and enjoying a beach day enrich the Tuscan experience.