Italy is arguably one of the world’s most romantic getaways. It is a culture rich in the ways of pleasure – from its food and drink, to its music, architecture and love affair with couture, literature and art. It seems designed for couples in search of romance in its deep, dramatic corners.
The Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is the chicest and snazziest coast to be seen at. Appropriately nicknamed ‘the road of 1,000 bends’, the miles of landscape bursting with sparkling lemon trees and vibrant olives groves is set to a backdrop of dazzling blue sea.
The beauty of this coast is that the view is so breath-taking you’ll want to spend the day luxuriating in it. For this, couples might try picturesque Positano, glamorous and beguiling with its buildings seeming to hang precariously off the cliffs.
The Villa Rosa hotel is especially lovey, serving hot coffee and pastries on the sunbathed terraces in the morning. Furore is also a characterful stop – full of colourful murals and a rugged lime scale landscape, filled with vines.
To the west of Turin is a ski area rather romantically coined, ‘The Milky Way’ and it is a part of Italy that doesn’t disappoint couples looking for a love nest in wild and wonderful climes. There is 400 km of piste and 140 ski slopes.
Curl up together with a wine after taking in the slopes at the elegant Claviere resort and feel all warm inside. Turin also has an array of stunning eateries for intimate dining experiences with your loved one. A particular spot that seems too good to miss is Circola dei Lettori. It was an old private members club, attracting writers, poets and artists – you can spot who’s who from the line of portraits hanging on the restaurant walls.
There are still book launches and workshops on this restaurant’s lavish crimson carpets, which add to the Old Romance of this charming spot – and the menu seems steeped in creative ideas.
Italy’s third largest city is far more artistic and romantic than many give it credit for. There is a heap to do and see here if you are on a romantic weekend. Opera in San Carlo is a place of exquisite charm, full of historical grandeur.
One of the oldest opera houses in Italy, it has housed many of the world’s finest composers – Bellini and Rossini have both acted as directors here. An evening here is a very worthy visit and a memorable stamp on a romantic trip. The famous painter, Caravaggio lived in Naples for four years after fleeing a crime – killing Ranuccio Tomassoni in a duel.
Three of his works now hang in Naples: Seven Acts of Mercy, The Flagellation and The Martyrdom of St Ursula. His murky past, dramatic life and sublime work cast a certain romantic charm to a visit.
Naples is famous for its coffee. For couples that want to spend hours together, sipping, chatting and soaking up the real, day-to-day life of Naples together, get lost in coffee culture. Served hot, strong and sweet, try Intramoenia Caffee Letterario for a coffee in one of the city’s most beautiful piazzas. Or Caffee Amadeus, where a heartfelt message can be patterned into your loved one’s foam.