Alluring. Captivating. Timeless. When it comes to the most romantic countries in the whole world, Italy is up there at the top and hard to compete with. Italians are passionate, the language is seductive, and and the atmosphere of the country is addictive, igniting your senses like few others. It is this legendary charm that draws 50 million tourists to Italy annually. People from around the world flock to Italy to visit the many romantic cities they have heard stories of and seen in movies. As such, the country is a perfect vacation destination for you and your partner to see together. Some of the most popular destinations with couples traveling Italy include Florence, Rome, Palermo and last but certainly not least, Venice -- undeniably one of the most romantic cities in the entire world. Check out the following guide by the romance experts to learn more about the most romantic places in Italy.
Rome is the capital of Italy. It is one of the most ancient cities in Europe. Rome has everything to offer if you’re looking for a romantic getaway. The streets of Rome will carry you in the past. Its galleries and museums will astonish you. You can live in Rome for ten years and still didn’t see everything there is to see. Italian cuisine is pleasantly amazing everywhere you go but the best food can be found in Rome. People from all over the world come to Rome to experience the real Italy. The passion and energy of this city is simply stunning. Start with simply walking through the streets. Then, go to Vatican and see the world’s famous artworks by Michelangelo and Raphael. You and your partner will surely remember the trip to Rome for the rest of your lives. It just cannot be somewhat other than unforgettable. That is because this city is one of a kind.
One of the most popular and genuine world’s poets was born and lived in Florence. His name is Dante and his poems express love in every way possible. You should visit Dante’s native city to understand what caused him to become so passionate in his poetic approach and so loving towards his one and only muse, Beatrice. Anybody in Florence can tell you the story of Dante’s love. His story truly reveals the true inner essence of this magnificent city. Walk through its streets, go to the galleries, and visit the city’s most famous palazzos. The colors of the buildings and the energy of the people will reignite your romantic drive and make you and your partner appreciate each other more. Florence connects everybody.
You probably heard about Venice. It is a truly original, exquisite, and unique city. Even Italians go to Venice on their honeymoons because the city is so magnificent. The famous troubadours and poets have long glorified Venice for it being the most romantic city in Italy, possibly even the world. First thing you need to do is to take a gondola ride with your loved one. See the city’s spectacular canals and architecture. Feel the air and atmosphere full of passion, love, and attraction. Go to the city’s central square and make a wish there on a bridge. It is a famous getaway place for lovers from all over the world. Then, visit one of evening concerts with musicians playing traditional love songs. Without any doubt, Venice will stick in your mind and make you closer to your partner because it has the unique ability to empower passion. The canals, the atmosphere, and the whole feeling in the air are so enormously energetic that it seems it was made to host lovers. It is truly one of the most romantic places not only in Italy but in the whole world.
The colorful streets of Palermo via Santiago Lopez-Pastor
You cannot fully explore romantic Italy without visiting the beautiful city of Palermo in Sicily. Palermo is something else. It is really different from the rest of the Italy. The weather alone will make you feel different. Palermo is sunny and hot. Enjoy your romantic getaway with swimming in the pure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. You should definitely enjoy the local cuisine and see the architectural sights that are pretty unique in comparison with other places in Italy.
Florence is a romantic and timeless city, rich in historical and cultural significance. Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello (no, not the Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtles -- the famous artists from the 1400's) all help put Florence on the map. For hundreds of years, the city was a cultural and economic powerhouse known for its artwork. Nowadays this city is one of Italy's most romantic destinations and a must for all couples traveling to Tuscany. For all those traveling with their favorite furry family members, these are the most romantic pet-friendly hotels in all of Florence.
Centrally located in one of Florence's most historic and beautiful neighborhoods, many of Florence's best-known tourist attractions are only a few minutes walk from Grand Hotel Minerva. Of course, as the hotel itself is immaculately furnished with modern elegance that makes it near impossible to leave, good luck seeing any of these sights. You will be too busy basking in the view from the sixth-floor terrace with a cocktail or going for a swim in the elegant pool.
The hotels in Florence tend to either have a classical or über modern theme and furnishings, and Hotel Londra is a prime example of one of the latter. Everything about this hotel will have you savoring the modern Florence and all it will be in the future, instead of tripping down memory lane.
For those looking to escape some of the crowds and find a nice quiet hotel, look no further than Hotel Albani Firenze. Tucked away in the northern part of Santa Maria Novella, the Albani is conveniently located near the train station while still being within walking distance of Florence's most celebrated sites. Plus the hotel staff is more than happy to help arrange pet-sitting services for any guests that wish to explore the city on their own.
Calling this hotel "grand" is like calling the Grand Canyon just a "valley." The Grand Hotel Baglioni is in fact nothing short of breathtaking. It was once the home of a prince and still maintains a strong and luxurious royal elegance throughout the property. The rooms, however, have been given a slightly modern touch, including the availability of anti-allergy rooms.
Located near the Arno river, the Plaza Hotel Lucchesi is one of the most affordable boutique four-star hotels in Florence. In addition to being romantic and pet-friendly, it is only a short stroll to Florence's most iconic attraction, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore -- otherwise known as The Duomo.
Internationally known as one of Florence's most luxurious and romantic hotels, many do not realize that the Firenze Number Nine is also pet-friendly. Here guests are treated like kings, and no request big or small goes overlooked. If you want to experience the best Florence accommodations available, the Firenze Number Nine should be your only choice.
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