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Ah, Italy. Just hearing its name conjures up thoughts of rolling Tuscan hills, tucked-away piazzas, winding cobbled streets and warm summer evenings. Italy can quite literally claim to be the home of romance, considering the word ‘romance’ originally meant ‘from or about Rome’. With scores of romantic spots across the country the only hard part is deciding where to go.
Whether you only just met your partner through friends or after you started to visit eHarmony UK, going on romantic trip to Italy together can be a wonderful experience. Italy is not a long way to travel – the perfect distance for a long weekend. Below are five of Italy’s best romantic getaways.
The sinking city oozes romance from every corner. The key to seeing the romantic side of Venice? Get lost. Leave the maps behind and go wandering through the charming backstreets, away from the melee of tourists. Hunt out the local trattorias and pay half the price for delicious fare in a crumbled, romantic setting. Of course, the touristic side of Venice can be equally charming. Jump on a gondola and cruise the canals. Be sure not to miss the awe-inspiring St Mark’s Basilica – just go early to avoid the crowds.
The pastel-coloured villas perched precariously on the hill side of Positano make for a bella vista indeed. The jewel in the crown of the Amalfi Coast, Positano has been a favourite haunt of lovers for years. No matter which restaurant or bar you find yourself in, it’s almost impossible not to have a view of the turquoise sea. Jump aboard one of the local boats and check out the neighbouring town of Ravello for the day. If you’re not feeling that adventurous, just lie back in the sun and get a Campari delivered to your seaside lounger.
Capri is but a stone’s throw from Positano, and the ultimate romantic getaway would be to stop in at both destinations. However, Capri is well worth a visit on its own. The darling of movie stars and socialites the world over, Capri spells luxury. Take a short boat tour around the island, stopping off to swim in the impossibly blue waters of the Blue Grotto.
In south-west Italy’s Calabria region lies Tropea, one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Tropea is where Italians go to holiday. It’s the perfect spot for you and your partner if you want some serious relaxation time because, well, there’s very little to do there other than eat, drink and relax on the beach. The flawless white sand beach stretches on forever, so there is plenty to go around.
If it’s good enough for George Clooney… Of course, it’s not just Mr Clooney who has fallen in love with Lake Como – honeymooners have been heading there in droves for years. The idyllic climate, aqua blue lake and numerous surrounding villages make this spot a romantic must-see.
It doesn’t matter whether you met your partner recently on free dating websites or long ago at school – your relationship will never be the same after you’ve experienced the romance of Italy.