For lovers, Valentine’s day is another chance to renew love promises, to propose, apologize, or simply to enjoy moments of relax in the most romantic cities of Italy.
Awesome views, golden sunsets, sea and art cities. Here is our selection of the best cities in Italy to spend a romantic Valentine’s weekend.
Love in Venice
What’s better than the evocative atmosphere of the magical city of Venice on Valentine’s Day? Always considered the “capital” of love thanks to the romantic charm that shines through every part of the lagoon city, Venice is the perfect destination for all lovers who want to celebrate together.Wandering around, among the white and blue glimpses that Canaletto painted on his canvases, getting lost among its streets and bridges, enjoying the hidden corners of the city, is the perfect way to visit this city. The beloved one will be left speechless by Piazza San Marco with the Basilica decorated with cupolas and colored marble (beautiful the mosaics and bas-reliefs inside). The Campanile of San Marco also it’s worth a visit: higher than 98 meters, offers a truly exceptional panorama of the lagoon. Not to be missed, a gondola ride along the Grand Canal with a stop at the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs.
Those who want to walk a little more, can reach the island of Giudecca, the biggest of the city, which in ancient times was called Spinalonga because of its fish bone shape. Here, you can visit the Church of the Redeemer, designed by Palladio, and the church of St. Euphemia.
Rome, eternal love
With its monuments, historic squares and its spectacular architecture, Rome seems to be the perfect setting to spend unforgettable moments with your partner.
For those wishing to take a romantic stroll in the heart of Rome, the Colosseum, Via dei Fori Imperiali, the Altar of the Fatherland, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona are undoubtedly the not to be missed places. In particular, we suggest you to walk hand in hand in the evening, when the Colosseum and Via dei Fori Imperiali’s lights are turned on: a unique experience to share with your loved one, through the ruins of ancient Rome.The ideal moment for lovers to visit the Trevi Fountain is at night, when there are not too many tourists and the place becomes more intimate … the perfect time to make promises, expressing desires and throwing the coin into the fountain. If you like the idea of “sealing” your love, Ponte Milvio is the place for you. Here, thousands of young people exchange kisses and promises, locking the famous “padlocks” as a token of love, and throwing the keys into the Tiber. Our itinerary continues at night to the beautiful surroundings of Castel Sant’Angelo, one of the most ancient and evocative monuments of the city, which you can reach strolling on the monumental Ponte Sant’Angelo, surrounded by the lights of the castle.
Here are other two other classic stages of every romantic journey to Rome. The first one is Villa Borghese and, in particular, the Pincio’s romantic terrace, wonderful at sunset, and the garden, that offers the possibility of renting a boat to experience unique moments away from everything and everyone. The second one is one of the most romantic viewpoint of Rome, the Zodiaco, famous for the “path of love” and the beautiful view of Rome and the Castelli Romani.
Then, what about a romantic sunset at the Gianicolo? One of the most spectacular views of Rome is waiting for you, offering a show not to be missed, surrounded by the symbol monuments of the Italian Renaissance. We also suggest a walk along Via Garibaldi, to reach Trastevere and dine in a romantic restaurant of this historic district. Finally, one of the most charming places of the capital city is located on the top of the Aventine hill: the magic of this place is not due to the breathtaking beauty of the location, but to the chance of admiring the St. Peter’s Basilica through the keyhole of the Knights of Malta Palace, located precisely in Piazza Knights of Malta, on the Aventine hill. An intimate and original way to admire the great dome from an unusual point of view.
Picturesque, lively, contradictory. So is Naples. If you are planning a romantic weekend on the gulf with your fiancée, do not miss these stops that will make the experience even more unique.
You know the classic postcard of Naples? Vesuvius under the blue sky, the city at his feet, the Mergellina pier and the gulf. For the most traditional of romantic views, climb the hill of Posillipo from Via Orazio until the Felice Minucio street’s terrace. The kiss on the terrace of Posillipo at sunset is a must.
Virgiliano Park, in the district of Posillipo in front of the island of Nisida, is the most extraordinary scenic park of the city. No other viewing point of Naples offers so much to see: at a glance you can embrace the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, the gulf of Pozzuoli and Bacoli, Vesuvius, the Sorrento Peninsula and the historic center. On the Mergellina waterfront, in the district of Saint Lucia, there is Castel dell’Ovo, the oldest castle in Naples, located on the tuff islet of Megaride. Go up on the terraces – admission is free: behind you the whole city of Naples, Vesuvius, and the sunset over the sea.
Elegant by day, amazing at night: we advise you to go to Piazza del Plebiscito when the sun has gone down. Under the streetlights there are the most important historical buildings, from the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola to the Royal Palace. For a chic promenade, go to Galleria Umberto I and Via Toledo, the Neapolitan shopping road. Finally, one last must stop: the Acquamorta pier, the favorite walk of the loving couples. To get there you’ll have to leave you behind Napoli, walk toward the Gulf of Pozzuoli and reach Monte di Procida. The calm sea is tinged with pink as soon as the sun meets the horizon, and you can clearly see Ischia and Procida’s silhouettes. Can you imagine anything more romantic?
Do you want to meet the Italian culture that gave birth to great artists and poets such as Dante Alighieri, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, and many others? Then, Florence is the ideal destination.
Spending a romantic weekend in the Tuscan capital is a unique experience for its history, art and for the city’s streets magical atmosphere. In fact, Florence is not only beautiful, it is also a very romantic city. Among the must-see monuments there are the Cathedral, the Bell Tower designed by Giotto, the Baptistery and Brunelleschi’s Dome. If you want to surprise your partner, climb the Brunelleschi Dome or the Palazzo Vecchio Tower of Arnolfo: the view will leave you breathless!
Later, enjoy a walk on Ponte Vecchio and see the Arno River at sunset, enjoy the view of the Old Town from the terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo, and visit the most characteristic neighborhoods like San Frediano and Santo Spirito, stopping to admire Piazza della Signoria from the impressive Loggia dei Lanzi.
For all art lovers, a visit to the Uffizi Gallery is a must. Here, masterpieces from every century and every artist, among which Botticelli, Leonardo, Signorelli and Caravaggio, send the love and passion of romantic stories, love stories or opposing ideals. Couples who decide to spend Valentine’s Day in Florence will also enjoy the excellent Tuscan food accompanied by famous red wines such as Chianti, Montepulciano and Brunello.
For poetic and picturesque walks there is the Boboli Gardens, among fountains, flowers and classical sculptures you’ll have the feeling of living in a fairy tale, such as the Renaissance residences including Villa dell’Ombrellino, and streets where there are craft shops unchanged in times. To get to know stories of the past, visit the Church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi, the point where the great poet Dante met and fell in love with Beatrice for the first time, and Eleonora’s rooms in Palazzo Vecchio, which have been decorated with stories of important and virtuous women by Cosimo I for his beloved wife Eleonora da Toledo.
Catania, volcanic love
Another romantic destination is undoubtedly Catania, with its baroque churches, historic squares, theaters, fountains and historical markets – the most picturesque is to Fera ‘o Luni, in Piazza Carlo Alberto every Monday. Its historic center is elegant, stylish, for true lovers.
Our hand in hand walk starts right from the sumptuous Piazza del Duomo, with the emblem of Catania, elephant made of black lava. But a romantic holiday would not be so romantic without a real sunset, so we go straight to the coast for a walk on the seafront in Aci Trezza, a fishing village mentioned by Giovanni Verga in his novel I Malavoglia. Just before the harbor of the small village, you can see the Cyclops “Faraglioni”: according to legend, they were thrown into the sea by Polyphemus to stop the Ulysses’ escape.
For the most daring lovers, the goal can be only one: the Etna. Experts say that the best side is the North one. If the sky is clear your eyes will get to see even the Aeolian Islands, a breathtaking panorama! If the excursion to Mount Etna is not right for you, at the foot of the volcano, on the northern side, you can enjoy the picturesque views of the village of Randazzo, a tangle of narrow medieval streets, stairways and picturesque corners: divided into three districts, the most impressive (and oldest) is San Martino.
For a weekend of love, remember to take a look at the “Romantic weekend” section in UNA Hotels & Resorts’ website.
Happy romantic weekend to all loving hearts!