The term "romantic" derives from the word "Rome," making Italy itself, in effect, the quintessential destination for love, passion and romance. Taking a stroll along a quiet street or seaside cliff, visiting a vineyard to sip fine Italian wine and sharing a traditional meal of pasta and fresh bread are romantic activities that couples enjoy in Italy. The picturesque beauty, cozy towns, winding streets and delicious food and wine make Italy a top destination for honeymoons and romantic getaways.
Italy's Amalfi Coast is one of the most breathtaking stretches of Mediterranean coastline, located off of southern Italy. The area features quiet seaside villages perched on top of large cliffs that overlook clear blue waters. Couple can enjoy "la dolce vita" ("the good life") by watching the sunset from the comforts of their own luxury villa or enjoying a chilled glass of limoncello, a lemon-flavored liquer produced locally. The proximity to the island of Capri makes day trips to this nearby picturesque town very convenient.
Lake Como in northern Italy is one of the deepest lakes in all of Europe. The poet Virgil once referred to it as the "greatest lake." The area surrounding Lake Como features some of the most scenic views in the country, including an abundance of colorful cliffside villas, tiny sailboats floating along the sparkling water and the majestic Alps off in the distance. Lake Como's ferry service easily transports travelers across the lake so they can discover the nearby quaint towns.
Portofino, in northwestern Italy, is a quaint fishing village in the Ligurian region, near Genoa. It is home to some of the most exclusive resorts in Italy and is ideal for couples interested in wine tours, sailing or strolling past the olive groves hand in hand. Nearby upscale restaurants feature stunning views and traditional Mediterranean cuisine herbs and vegetables, such as basil, fennel and eggplant, as well as pasta and fresh fish like swordfish and sea bass.
When it comes to romance, few cities top Venice. The narrow canals, picturesque gondolas and beautiful Gothic palaces make it a top destination for people seeking a romantic backdrop to their honeymoons or vacations. Couples can sneak a few kisses and get lost along Venice's winding streets in the wee hours of the night when the locals are fast asleep. The culture in Venice cannot be beat: The city features many famous works of art, from paintings and sculptures to opera houses and theaters -- and also plenty of delicious Italian food, including polenta, risotto and fresh seafood.
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