The Most Romantic Places in Italy for Couples
By Emily Wickens
When you think Italy, it’s likely that ‘romance’ comes across your mind. This timeless, charming destination has been a hit for couples to visit for centuries. From the serene canals of Venice, the wine vineyards in the Tuscan countryside and the scenic Trevi Fountain in Rome, it’s easy to see why so many couples choose this as their holiday destination. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most romantic places in Italy.
No list of romantic Italian destinations is complete without the City of Canals. This enchanting location is famous for its narrow waterways and charming streets. Couples can take a peaceful journey on a gondola ride exploring the city’s stunning architecture and rich history.
Stroll hand in hand across the famous Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal and marvel at the ornate boats and buildings. With dozens of high-class restaurants to choose from along the Grand Canal, you can relax with a prosecco in hand watching the gondolas float past.
For couples looking to add a bit of colour to their Instagram profile, you can visit the small island known as Burano. Take a wander through the colourful passageways, full of brightly coloured painted houses. The island is well known for its unique crafts and glass sculptures, so make sure to pick up an intricate souvenir to remember your trip! It’s recommended to spend around half a day here, to explore the local shops and streets.
Lake Como is the perfect escape for romance. The lakeside towns and villages are full of old-world charm and character. Partners can pick between scenic boat trips on the lake, exploration in the historic streets of Como, and tranquil strolls through stunning gardens.
Villa del Balbianello
Fans of Star Wars can visit Villa del Balbianello, located in Lenno. This villa boasts breathtaking terraces looking over the western shore of Lake Como and can be spotted in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones during a wedding scene between Anakin and Padme. Couples can take a leisurely stroll through the pristine gardens and enjoy the panoramic lake views.
The exquisite lakeside town of Como is ideal for any couple! Found on the southwestern tip of Lake Como, this historic town combines modern elegance with ornate architecture and picturesque lake views. Couples can enjoy lively piazzas lined with cosy buildings, shops and restaurants. This elegant town is enclosed by 12th-century fortress walls and full of medieval architecture and cathedrals.
A beautiful blend of ancient wonders and modern charm, Rome is one of the most romantic settings for history lovers with picturesque piazzas, world-class restaurants and quaint cobbled streets. Couples can spend their evenings visiting the Trevi Fountain, enjoying world-class food and wine in terrace restaurants looking over the Colosseum, and marvelling at the beautiful architecture of the Vatican City and Spanish Steps. It’s no wonder it’s picked as one of the top locations in the world to get engaged!
When visiting Rome, one of the top romantic places to visit is the Trevi Fountain. This landmark can get extremely crowded, so it is recommended to visit in the early mornings. Coins are often thrown into the fountain by locals and tourists alike, using the right hand over the left shoulder. Trevi Fountain hides a smaller fountain to the side, known as The Fountain of Love or Fontanella degli Innamorati. This hidden fountain features two small water spouts, that cross before landing together in a stone basin. According to legend, couples who drink the water together will remain in love forever.
Villa Borghese Gardens
For couples looking to relax, Villa Borghese is filled with beautiful gardens, museums and attractions. Located on the Pincian Hill, and nearby to the Spanish Steps, the villa’s gardens are free to enter and open every day from dawn to dusk. Inside the gardens, you can visit Galleria Borghese. This gorgeous museum houses endless art pieces, including paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and other masterpieces.
Full of rolling hills and vineyards, Tuscany is perfect for couples who love to go wine tasting (or love drinking wine in general!). The best way to visit this location is to rent a Vespa and explore the rustic areas of Siena and Florence. Try the local specialities such as cheese, wine, olives and cured meats at local farms and wineries.
No trip to Tuscany is complete without a visit to its capital city, Florence. Experience romantic sunsets on the river Arno, to beautiful garden visits at Villa Bardini. Florence boasts endless beauty with views from Piazzale Michelangelo. This hill sits on the south bank of the Arno River and offers the perfect photo opportunity of the whole of Florence with views of the Duomo Cattedrale Di Santa Marie Del Fiore and surrounding cobbled streets.
Cascate del Mulino, Saturnia
If you love to experience the outdoors, why not visit a natural hot spring in Saturnia? These thermal springs are free to enter and usually sit at around 37 degrees Celsius. The springs are formed over natural terraced travertine pools and create a very romantic atmosphere to relax in. Cascate del Mulino can get extremely busy, so it’s recommended to visit off-season or arrive early in the morning if you want to secure your own spot in the springs.
With dramatic cliffs, colourful villages and the Mediterranean Sea, it’s easy to see why the Amalfi Coast has romantic connotations. This dreamy destination is perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway on the coast. If you’re an active type of couple, there are plenty of hiking trails along the coast, linking each of the small coastal villages together.
With glorious views, sparkling lights and top-class restaurants, Positano is positively perfect and by far one of the most romantic places in Italy. Couples can spend their days shopping and exploring in the village, and getting serenaded by accordion players or opera singers by night in the local bars overlooking the bay. You’ll feel like you’ve walked straight into a classic movie set!
For couples looking for a beach getaway, Amalfi is the perfect destination. Soak up the sun along the coast with your partner, or spend the day relaxing on a romantic boat trip around the area. With plenty of restaurants to pick from, and stunning views over the main beach area, Amalfi is sure to steal your heart.
This list is just a snippet of some of the most romantic places in Italy. With more destinations to pick from such as Capri, Cinque Terre and Lake Garda, Italy is full of idyllic locations to explore with a partner. If you’re looking for a way of exploring them all, why not join our Classic Italia or Sicily Escape trips? These tours are the perfect way of checking off your Italian bucket list!
Or check out more trips to Europe if you are looking to explore more romantic destinations, either with a partner or solo!