A romantic getaway for couples typically means lots of alone time, in a serene setting, eating splendid food, taking long walks in the moonlight holding hands, and much, much more.
It’s a widely held view that the city of Venice ranks as one of the more beautiful and romantic places in Italy, and possibly the world. But beyond the famous floating city, Italy offers other romantic destinations throughout the country, which are every bit as beautiful and idyllic, with fitting surroundings for love. Let’s take a quick look at two of the nicer and more renowned romantic Italian hot spots outside of Venice.
Venice can get especially crowded, and if you are looking for a quieter escape to spend quality time with your special someone, there are many more options that Italy has to offer for you. Consider the following for your next romantic Italian holiday:
Italy’s Lake District, in northern Italy, has been a fashionable destination since Roman times—ancient Roman writers, including Pliny the Younger, were among the first to use the area as a summer escape. They wrote affectionately about its shady plane-tree walks and flowery banks, and the Lake District’s legendary status as a romantic holiday destination endures.
Ringed with beautiful villas and resort villages, Lake Como, near the Italian border with Switzerland, is the most prominent lake in the District. It’s as romantic and picturesque a travel destination as they come, and though it’s a remote mountainous and forested area, visitors are able to see a lot in a short time—for Lake Como connects several charming villages, dotted around the lake, which itself is an attraction.
Shaped like an upside-down ‘Y’, its ‘legs’, starting at Como in the South-West and Lecco in the South-East lie on relatively flat terrain, and join together near the town of Bellagio. The lake area continues north, becoming more mountainous as it moves into the Alps. Some of the nearby peaks reach above the snow line, making for pretty views. In the winter, one can ski in nearby valleys.
“Italy’s most sophisticated lake” to an extent exemplifies glamour—many celebrities, including George Clooney and Richard Branson, own villas on Lake Como, and star-struck tourists follow. Nevertheless, it’s also a region with respect for its past and traditions. Frequented by the stars but also many regular people, Lake Como is surprisingly affordable, with meals, accommodation and tourist activities costing less than in Venice.
Must-see towns include the chic hillside village of Bellagio, with its colorful villas, and the fishing villages of Bellano and Varenna, with their medieval castles. These villages are popular with history and nature lovers.
A day trip in Lake Como frequently consists of a ferry tour between Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio and Cadenabbia (the ferries and water taxis are undoubtedly the most romantic way to make the rounds) and others. For couples who came for the romance, one of these outings is a practically a must!
The most popular ferry stop is in Bellagio—in the evenings, Bellagio Quay resonates with the sounds of local musicians performing outside restaurants. A climb up the cobbled steps leading up from the lake towards the main shopping streets reveals a less hectic area with some nice restaurants. After lunch, many couples take a stroll through the gardens of Villa Melzi.
There is an artificial beach on Como Lake which, despite how that sounds, is surprisingly nice. Lido De Lenno has beautiful sand, inexpensive food and drink, and a nice quiet atmosphere, all of which make it popular among locals.
The Amalfi Coast, south of Naples, is also a hot destination for romantic trips to Italy, popular for engagement parties, destination weddings, and of course honeymoons.
Positano is one of the more luxurious vacation spots on the Amalfi Coast, and is often called the region’s crown jewel. Built vertically on the face of a cliff, it’s an incredible sight to behold, with colorful buildings cascading down a mountain, making for breathtaking panoramic views which no doubt keep the local postcard industry thriving.
With humble beginnings as a fishing village, Positano became popular with writers and artists in the 1950’s. Today it’s a trendy resort town, but it retains its old world Italian charm. It’s an intimate, travel-on-foot town with a maze of step pathways that climb into the hills, leading to cafes, shops and tiny hotels. Like all of the Amalfi, Positano’s climate accommodates visits year round.
Lovers in Positano enjoy walking along the Sentiero degli Innamorati from the town center to the beach of Fornillo, and buying pairs of made-to-order sandals, the footwear favored by the locals for climbing the many steps in Positano. Couples who make their way all the way up to the secret hamlet of Nocelle are able to enjoy the spectacular view of the Panorama of the Gods.
About the author: Abby Clark transformed into an avid traveler in her teens, and has visited numerous popular and offbeat destination across the world. She also enjoys blogging, and currently writes for Best Quote Travel Insurance – a company that offers Super Visa insurance for travel.