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Ti Amo: 2 of the best romantic destinations in Italy

Viva Italia – a country brimming with the echoes of the past.

People have been strolling through the charming cobble-stoned streets of Italy through the centuries, from renowned artists on their way to paint masterpieces, to generations of lovers stealing kisses beside canals or under stone archways.

Italy is romantic and nostalgic, and it’s about time you and your loved one stroll across these very cobblestones, hand in hand on an unforgettable luxury travel holiday to the best romantic destinations in Italy.

1. Juliet’s Balcony, Verona

“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,” were the words penned by William Shakespeare for his cherished play ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The magnificent Italian city of Verona was the setting for one of the most romantic stories in human history, so it’s only fitting that you two visit it and spend ample time in the jewel of the area: Juliet’s Balcony, or ‘Casa di Giulietta’.

Legend states that it was this ancient castle belonging to the Capulet family, the “Dal Cappello” or “Cappelletti”, that inspired Shakespeare. The family coat of arms is emblazoned across an internal archway in the courtyard, while the famous balcony hangs above a bronze sculpture of Juliet herself.

An iron gate is adorned with hundreds of colourful locks inscribed with the names of lovers written, while the walls of the entrance are an immortal canvas as couples leave their initials onto this site of love. Bring along a permanent marker to jot down your initials, locks can be purchased from the museum store on site.

Juliet's Balcony in Verona showcases one of the most cherished love stories of all time. Juliet’s Balcony in Verona showcases one of the most cherished love stories of all time.

After your time enveloped in the gravitas and magical vibe of the space, be sure to also explore the aged town squares flanked by ancient architecture such as the Arena di Verona (Colosseum-style amphitheatre) and the 84-metre tall Lamberti bell tower which provides jaw-dropping panoramic aerial views over the rooftops.

Stop by any of the restaurants in the popular Piazza Erbe town square to indulge in a bottle of quality Italian wine to toast to your afternoon. Head back to either Due Torri Hotel or Hotel Villa Del Quar for a magical end to your romantic day.

2. Sunset at the San Marco Campanile, Venice

Yes, of course a gondola ride through the canals of Venice is romantic, but there are special spots in this unique city that locals would recommend for the ultimate romantic extravaganza.

The Campanile or bell tower located in San Marco square, the city’s beating heart, faces the Grand Canal on one side and the Basilica on the other. Seeing the sunset atop this 98-metre-high tower is a moment that truly is mesmerising and breathtaking. You’ll see the labyrinth city streets and over 100 canals and 400 bridges below you, while the islands of Murano, Burano, Lido and San Giorgio are visible in the distance.

Seeing sunset skies over the Venice skyline from atop the Campanile bell tower is an unforgettable experience. Seeing sunset skies over the Venice skyline from atop the Campanile bell tower is an unforgettable experience.

During April-June as well as September-October the opening hours are from 9 am to 7 pm, but in peak summer during July and August, the tower is open until 9 pm. These times ensure that both winter and summer sunsets can be enjoyed from the top.

As twilight and dusk fall upon Venezia once you come down from the tower, head to the Rialto Bridge to dine in one of the exclusive canal-facing restaurants beside this iconic bridge, lit up with glittering lights in the evenings. Many luxurious jewellers sell precious gems, watches and jewellery in shops along the bridge, making for a fun post-dinner shopping excursion to exchange presents for each other.

Alternatively, embark on an evening gondola ride directly from Rialto Bridge – most people think the Grand Canal is the only place to board a gondola, but the gondoliers near Rialto take you below the shimmering, lit-up bridge and through the thinner canals which is also a delightful experience. Tuck into a gloriously comfortable bed after your moonlit adventures at Ca’ Sagredo Hotel,  Bauer Palazzo or Belmond Hotel Cipriani.

The Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy is a great spot for an evening gondola ride. The Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy is a great spot for an evening gondola ride.

Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy after your sensational luxury travel holiday of two vivacious V’s: Verona and Venice!

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