Whether it’s incredible natural sights, astonishing architecture, or mouthwatering local delicacies, our top 10 list of romantic cities in Italy will set the mood for an unforgettable vacation with your amore!
If you and your sweetheart connected over a mutual love of art and history, then a visit to Ravenna, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region is a must. See Dante’s tomb, the perfectly preserved 5th-century churches–including the Basilica of San Vitale–and Byzantine mosaics. Then, nerd-out over a steaming plate of tortellini or bollito served with a tangy salsa verde at the cozy wine bar/shop La Baita.
Stay at Palazzo Bezzi, where you can unwind after a day of sightseeing in spacious, tastefully appointed rooms, on the panoramic terrace, or at the fully-equipped spa.
Famous for its ceramics, you and your better half can reenact the famous scene from “Ghost.” Meander hand-in-hand down winding streets or through Ranghiasci Park. See the remains of a Roman amphitheater (which is stunning at sunset) or take your love to new heights on a cable car (it conveniently only fits two people) to Mount Ingino.
Sleep in at Park Hotel ai Cappuccini, a converted 17th-century monastery with sweeping views of the surrounding hills. The hotel boasts a gorgeous indoor pool, massive comfortable beds, and an excellent on-site restaurant–Nicolao Ristorante.
For upscale Umbrian cuisine, get lost in the intoxicating aroma of truffles, one of Umbria’s many specialties, at Taverna del Lupo.
Tuscany is awash with pretty hilltop towns, but none are as charming as the Renaissance village of Pienza. Surrounded by some of the most beautiful views of Val d’Orcia Valley, it also produces the delicious and very prized pecorino di Pienza.
Amongst innamorati, however, Pienza is known for its four “Streets of Love”: Via del Bacio, Via dell’Amore, Via della Fortuna, and Via del Buia, making Pienza possibly the most romantic city in Tuscany and Italy.
In the rare case you get tired of staring into each other’s eyes, take a 20-minute car ride to Bagno Vignoni where you can soak in hot springs thermal baths.
La Bandita Townhouse will steal your heart away with its designer rooms, pastoral views, a superb on-site restaurant featuring seasonal local fare, and first-rate service, including a nightly aperitif of local wine and cheese.
La Terrazza del Chiostro is the stuff of romantic dreams–stunning views that are rivaled by carefully prepared Tuscan specialties that will have you leaning over to lick your sweetheart’s fingers.
Calascio and Santo Stefano di Sessanio (Abruzzo)
Calascio–a minuscule village in Abruzzo’s Apennines whose crown jewel is Rocca Calascio, a fortress that dates back to the Middle Ages–boasts pristine panoramas of Abruzzo’s Navelli plain, famous for producing saffron, almonds, and chickpeas.
The neighboring Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a breathtaking medieval micro-village inside the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga national park. What makes this once deserted village special is the diffused Hotel Sextantio, which immerses guests in rustic luxury. Check out La Cantinone, a dimly lit, cozy wine cellar, or the hotel’s fancier Locanda Sotto gli Archi.
This little gem of a town, perched on the hills above the Amalfi coast, offers couples stunning sunsets, sweeping views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and romantic strolls through cliffside gardens and sprawling villas. Walk hand-in-hand through the town and explore local artisan shops and restaurants. Ravello is picture-perfect and one of the most romantic cities in Italy!
Stay at the enchanting (and intimate) Villa Maria Hotel, whose delicious rooms and suites and romantic dining terrace are the perfect backgrounds for declarations of love.
Get a taste of local seafood at Da Salvatore, a restaurant that has the best views and arguably the best seafood menu in Ravello.
Monte Isola (Lombardy)
Monte Isola is an enchanting island that sits in the middle of the deep blue waters of Lake Iseo. Surrounded by lush green mountains, this quaint, car-free island in Italy’s Lombardy region will make you feel like you and your loved one are the only couple in the world.
Although small, there are several quaint villages which you can explore on foot or bicycle. Or, hike up to Santuario della Ceriola, and then visit the distinctive Rocca Martinengo.
Relax like kings and queens at hotel Castello Oldofredi, a beautifully restored lakeside castle and grounds.
Hop off the island to Ristorante Zù where Lake Iseo-caught fish also gets the royal treatment, and you are sure to linger over the mouthwatering plates and gorgeous views of soaring green mountains.
Polignano a Mare (Puglia)
Polignano a Mare, built on the edge of a ravine, is a dreamy beach town made up of sun-bleached houses and port, winding streets, crystal blue waters, secret limestone caves, and water-facing restaurants showcasing the very best of local cuisine.
Although crowded, Lama Monachile and Cala Paura are gorgeous spots to catch some rays, and people watch.
Take a break from the sun to browse the contemporary art galleries at Museo Pascali. Head to Pescaria for the must-try (and very romantic) fried octopus panini. For a sit-down meal, Ristorante Antiche Mura, built into an ancient stone wall, serves up authentic regional treats.
You’ll have the sweetest of dreams, staying at the uber-romantic San Tommaso Hotel, just outside the old town. With decadent rooms, gardens, fountains and a pool, it’s dripping in pure romance.
An enchanting 12th-century village overlooking the city of Trapani, Erice sits atop Sicily’s majestic Monte Erice. You and your beloved can pay homage to the goddess of love at Castello di Venere built on the remains of the ancient Roman Temple of Venus. Then climb Torre di Federico for panoramic views of the town and Saline di Trapani.
Erice is also famous for its pastries, particularly dolci Ericini, an almond flour cookie. So, if you and your better half share a love of Sicilian sweets (cassatelle, cassata, and cannoli), your first stop should be to Pasticceria Maria Grammatico.
For a yummy meal–couscous with fresh fish or handmade busiate pasta with pesto alla Trapanese–check out Al Convento Bistrot Ristorante located inside the lovely Hotel Il Carmine, a converted monastery.
Nicknamed the dying city, Bagnoregio is far from its last breath. Despite earthquakes, landslides, and floods that threatened its very existence, it holds fast and continues to attract visitors–kind of like true love.
This picturesque hamlet is only accessible via a 300-meter long footbridge. Truth be told, there isn’t much to see apart from a few churches and the Cività di Bagnoregio Geological Museum. Still, the real allure is the village itself–the handful of local shops and restaurants, the narrow streets that open up to dramatic views of steep ravines.
Stick around for a few nights (stay at Alma Civita, which features an excellent restaurant of the same name) to enjoy super romantic sunsets, and total silence as night falls and all the daytrippers file out.
San Pantaleo (Sardinia)
Tucked away in the hills, away from the glitz and glamour of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda, this rural village is for couples looking to get away from it all.
Don’t miss the Thursday market, when the streets overflow with vendors selling all sorts of decadent local treats.
Go wine tasting at Surrau Winery or admire the wonders of Nuraghe la Prisgiona, an 800 BC ancient village with well-preserved buildings and streets that showcase the architectural achievements of the Nuragic civilization.
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