Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world, especially by honeymooners. Its picturesque historic sights, atmospheric old towns and beautiful natural scenery make it a popular destination for any couple that wants to inject their travels with a large amount of romance. Some spots in Italy are known as destinations for lovers, while others are no less romance-inspiring, but have escaped the notice of guide-book writers and travelers thus far. If you are looking for the perfect Italian setting to propose, spend a honeymoon or simply rekindle the proverbial spark with your significant other, here is where you should go.

1. Venice’s canals

Gondola Ride in Venice

Long considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you can’t fail to be charmed by Serenissima’s winding alleyways and picturesque piazzas. Lie back on the crushed velvet seats of a gondola and slide along the city’s waterways. If you’re lucky, you might even land yourselves an Aria-warbling gondolier.Before leaving, make sure you pick up some souvenir Venetian glasses made in Murano, and continue the ‘romanzo’ by sipping Chianti from them when you get home.


2. The Trevi Fountain, Rome

The Trevi Fountain in Rome

An old Italian legend says that if you throw a coin into the Trevi fountain, you will return to Rome. If you toss two coins, you will enjoy a new romance. But if you find yourself there with the love of your life, three coins in this Baroque fountain will ensure marriage. After contributing to the estimated 3000 euros that are thrown into the Trevi each day, you could catch an opera or ballet at the Teatro Dell ‘Opera, then sit by the Coliseum and share gelato.


3. The Amalfi Coastline

Positano, Amalfi Coast

Positano is one of the Amalfi coast’s most scenic towns. This pedestrianised former fishing village is a favourite among loved-up couples wanting to amble from shop to restaurant to beach (hand-in-hand, of course). Enjoy some of the best seafood restaurants and pizzerias in the country, go swimming in local caves, share a bottle of wine on a beautiful terrace or hire a private boat to take you out into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.


4. Tuscany, central Italy


The Tuscan countryside is the ideal place to combine romance and food. Feast on local, precious white truffles in a candlelit San Miniato eatery, sip wine among the vineyards of Montepulciano or walk along the beautiful beaches of the Monte Argentario peninsula.We all know that nothing ignites passion like jewellery, so make sure you check out the gold stores on the Ponte Vecchio in the Tuscan city of Florence. Folklore encourages lovers to attach a padlock to this heaving bridge together, thus sealing their eternal bond.


5. Portofino, Italian Riviera

Portofino, Italian Riviera

Portofino is a favorite among celebs such as Jude Law and Cate Blanchett. And it’s not surprising, because this Italian Riviera town is packed full of luxurious resorts and million-dollar yachts. You and your other half should stroll up the hill for spectacular views of the lighthouse, Castello Brown castle and Portofino’s tiny church. After all, romance shouldn’t cost anything.


6. Lover’s Walk on the Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Take a stroll down ‘Via Dell’Amore’ between Riomaggiore and Manarola in the pastel-hued Cinque Terre. Here, you can seal your eternal love at ‘Lover’s Lock’ or enjoy a smooch on the ‘Love Seat’.Are you a daring duo? Grab each other’s hands and try one of the area’s famous 40-foot cliff jumps into the Mediterranean. If you’re feeling the heat of the sun, cool off in the waters at a private beach, where bathing suits are optional.


7. Juliet’s balcony in Verona

Juliet’s balcony in Verona

The most romantic story ever told is undoubtedly that of Romeo and Juliet. Venice’s more relaxed neighbor Verona is where this tale of love and “woe” was set. The balcony of Casa di Guilietta in Via Cappello is supposedly the location of the famous balcony love scene from Shakespeare’s play. In truth, the house has no connection with the story; the balcony was added in 1936 and the house was renamed ‘Casa di Guilietta’ to attract tourists, but who are we to trash a romantic fantasy?


8. Lake Como, near Milan

Lake Como

Nestled between Milan and the Swiss border, the serene region of Lake Como is surrounded by mountains and hills and is the ideal place to hang out with a loved one. Jump on the funicular train to take you into the hills for a picnic, or stay in an old hotel off the cobbled streets of Bellagio, known as the ‘pearl of the lake’, where you can start each day whispering sweet-nothings over two aromatic cups of cafe.


9. Capri, near Naples

Capri Island

Enjoy the morning sunshine on a boat out to this little island from Sorrento. In the main resort of Capri, you can wander around the limestone harbour (Marina Piccola), then take a slightly daring chairlift ride from Piazza Vittoria high up into the hills of Anacapri. With a vast view stretching from the gulf of Naples to the gulf of Salerno, why not munch on Italy’s most romantic food fare such as cotechino sausage, grissini and pecorino? Work off the feast with an easy walk to the lonely church of Santa Maria in Cetrella.


10. Taormina below Mt Etna in Sicily

Romance in Taormina, Sicily

This mountaintop town boasts panoramic views of both the Ionian coast and the snowy summit of Mount Etna. If you find historic architecture romantic, catch a concert at the Greek amphitheatre or simply gaze at the medieval walls of local Castelmola.