When it comes to the world’s most romantic destinations, we swoon over Santorini and think Paris is always a good idea (it is)—but it’s Italy that holds the key to our heart. Whether you’re traveling with someone special or just want to be swept off your feet, discover some of our favorite places to find amore in Italy.
Below Juliet’s balcony in Verona
What better way to celebrate romance than by paying tribute to literature’s most famous star-crossed lovers? The Casa de Giulietta is a 13th-century home once owned by the del Capello family—which sounds quite a bit like Capulet. Juliet’s famous balcony was added to the building in the 20th century, but that doesn’t make it any less romantic to stand below and recite a little Shakespeare or hang a note to your soulmate on the building’s walls.
Along the shores of Lake Como
Visit the elegant villas along the waters of Lake Como. Ride the funicular to Brunate, and take in spectacular views of the lake from the picturesque town. Stop in a local shop and pack a picnic lunch, or head to a cozy bar for a glass of wine. No matter how you spend time in Lake Como, it’s impossible to deny this northern escape’s idyllic appeal.
In a sweet shop
Chocolates, cannolis, gelato—the cornucopia of confections in Italy makes the country a perfect destination for sweethearts and sweet tooths. Surprise someone (and treat yourself!) with delights from a Sicilian cake shop, pastries in Naples or biscotti and a cappuccino at a Florentine café.
On a gondola ride
Gliding along Venice’s canals in a gondola, sipping champagne while admiring the beautiful scenery and listening to traditional music—what could be a better setting for romance? For a twist (or to impress your date), try taking a lesson from expert gondoliers who’ll show you how to become a true vogatori.
Beside the Trevi Fountain
Legend has it that tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain ensures travelers a return trip to Rome, but there’s more wish-making most visitors might not know about. Toss two coins over your shoulder, you’re guaranteed to find romance; three coins means marriage is in your future. Some say drinking the fountain’s waters also ensures you’ll be lucky in love, though we recommend just enjoying the moment.
At the Via dell’Amore
Linking the towns of Riomaggiore and Manarola in Cinque Terre, the Via dell’Amore got its name after the path became a meeting point for young couples from the neighboring villages. Currently, only a portion of the original trail is open, but an overlook gives visitors (and lovebirds) a chance to soak in the stunning scenery of the Riviera’s coast.
Have you ever traveled to Italy? Do you have a favorite romantic getaway? Tell us about it in the comments!