Romantic Italian Hotspots

March 9, 2016

In fair Italy, where we set our scene, you'll find five devastatingly romantic destinations in which to start your love story.

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Whether you're thinking of popping the question, uttering the words 'ti amo' for the first time or simply after a romantic getaway, bring your star-crossed lover to Italy and let its mouth-watering cuisine, sultry Mediterranean climate and captivating landscapes set the scene for an epic love story. Read on for our list of five top dream Italian destinations. Parting will be such sweet sorrow.

1. Venice

A gondola floats down a Venice canal at night.


Our City Hotspot: The Grand Canal

If it's a good enough setting for George Clooney's nuptials, it's good enough for us. Venice is regarded as one of the most romantic cities in the world and tourists visit in their thousands to savour a backdrop of postcard-perfect surroundings usually only seen on a Hollywood chick-flick movie set. The signature gondola rides are always popular with romancing couples who float down the Grand Canal to the sound of serenading gondoliers. Out of the water, stroll hand-in-hand down narrow lanes and over quaint bridges. 

2. Verona

Juliet's Balcony at Juliet's House in Verona, Italy.


Our City Hotspot: Juliet's House

Due to its close proximity, Verona draws many comparisons to Venice. It's an ancient city full of history and character with cobbled streets and one of the finest outdoor theatres in Italy, the Arena di Verona. However, it's the city's connection with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet which makes it really unique and full of an ambiance of amour. Head for Juliet's House to capture the spirit of Shakespeare's most famous love story and you'll find a small museum as well as a statue of Juliet and her legendary balcony overlooking the courtyard.

3. Rome

The Temple of Saturn and surrounding ancient ruins in Rome.


Our City Hotspot: The Terrace Bar at the Eden Hotel or Trevi Fountain

With an abundance of excellent hotels, an inspiring Renaissance art scene and a long, illustrious history as the seat of power for the Roman Empire, the allure of Italy's capital is strong. And there's no shortage of romantic hotspots in the 'Eternal City' either. Impress your date with sweeping views of the city's seven hills at the incredibly fancy Terrace Bar at the Eden Hotel and throw a few coins in the Trevi Fountain to wish for love and marriage.

4. Positano, Amalfi Coast

Italian homes on the mountain in Positano on the Amalfi Coast at nightfall.


Our City Hotspot: The Hamlet of Nocelle

Just south of Naples, Positano has been hailed as the most enchanting place on the Amalfi Coast. The best time to visit is in late spring or during the summer when warm, clear skies allow you to see the landscape in all of its glory: think colourful, hillside houses leading down to incredibly bright Mediterranean waters. Climbing the many steps to reach the town's vantage point may seem like hard work, but trust us, the sight at the top will make your heart sing. For the most spectacular of views, take a bus up to the hamlet of Nocelle, a beautiful little village from which you can hike along the 'path of the Gods'.   

5. Florence

View of the Ponte Veccio Bridge across the river Arno and beyond in Florence.


Our City Hotspot: Piazzale Michelangelo

Known as 'the cradle of the Renaissance', Florence is blessed with an array of monuments including the city's signature domed cathedral, The Duomo, and one of the world's best art galleries, Uffizi Gallery. This sophisticated, sensual city was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site 30 years ago. Loved-up couples and honeymooners visit to explore the sights and take in the stripped-back beauty of the surrounding Tuscan countryside with its plentiful vineyards and olive groves. Get to Piazzale Michelangelo for sunset and you'll be awestruck by the beautiful hues of the city and hills beyond. 

Ben Leach Ben's longest trip involved 15 months of backpacking around Australia and Southeast Asia, and now he shares his experiences with Travioor from London. Luckily, after spending so long staring at cheesy sunsets, drinking too much Goon and eating his weight in Pad Thai, he can still manage to put a few words together.