The most romantic cities in Italy you need to visit

Let’s be honest, when talking about romance in Italy the first city that will come up in your mind is Venice. Well, Venice is amazing but there are so many romantic cities in Italy worth visiting besides Venice. We put together a shortlist of the most romantic places in Italy including hidden gems and popular destinations.

You will explore new romantic cities in Italy such as Alberobello and Ostuni but don’t worry because we’ve included also some of the most popular destinations in the beautiful country.

Are you ready to impress your partner? Let’s discover which one is the most romantic city in Italy!

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Italy most romantic cities

Did you know that Italy is known as the city of love? Well, thanks to Shakespeare’s love story of Romeo and Juliet, today Italy is one of the most romantic countries. Well, Paris will always be one of the most romantic European cities but in this case, we will walk you through Italy’s most romantic cities.

  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Rome 
  • Portofino
  • Positano
  • Verona
  • Naples
  • Alberobello
  • Ostuni
  • Capri 
  • Bologna
  • Matera

Most romantic city in Italy

Venice

Well, we have already presented this lake. The photos Let’s be honest, Venice can be overwhelming and always busy but, it will be eternally one of the most romantic cities in Italy. Imagine yourself walking around the beautiful and narrow streets of Venice, being on a Gondola with your partner while passing under Rialto Bridge and enjoying a Spritz along Riva Degli Schiavoni

Can you picture yourself? This is one of the most romantic things to do in Venice! 

If this is not romantic, not sure what else can be. It doesn’t matter if you’re a romantic person or not, Venice will bring the romance out of you. Plan your 2 days itinerary in Venice and make sure to enjoy every single moment that this city will offer you!

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Florence

Another typical romantic destination in Italy is for sure Florence. We all know that after Venice, Florence is the city which has got the most romantic scenarios in Italy. In fact, Florence is the second most loved city in Italy and if you have ever been, you know why. Apart from being an incredible city in terms of art, culture and architecture, Florence is considered one of the most romantic cities in Italy thanks to its amazing scenarios! 

If you have just one day in Florence make sure you go up to Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy a stunning sunset over the city.

Remember that you’re in Italy, so book a table at a local restaurant and plan a romantic dinner for your partner. You won’t regret it! 

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Rome

If we have to pick just one city from all the ones that we’ve listed, it would be Rome. Every time we are coming back to Italy we plan our romantic escape to Rome. It’s a tradition for us and it always will be! It doesn’t matter when you’re planning you’re visit, Rome is worth visiting any time of the year.

The Eternal City is the location with most of the things Italy is known and famous for. You will not disagree Rome is a popular destination for many things, its impressive Colosseum, for the delicious “Amatriciana” but it’s also known for being one of the most romantic cities in Italy.

One of the most romantic things to do in Rome would be making a wish at Trevi Fountain, admiring the stunning view from “Pincio Park” and of course, renting a Vespa. This would be a typical Italian Romance!

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Portofino

Located in the southeast of Genoa Italy, Portofino is a fishing village with a reputation as a charming and luxurious place. Not many know that Portofino is indeed a romantic city in Italy,  thanks to its atmosphere along the harbour and for its pastel-coloured houses. You can easily visit this small town in a day and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, taste the delicious food and admire the panoramic views of the Ligurian Sea.

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Positano

We all know that one of the most romantic places in Italy on the coast is Positano. Very busy during summertime, Positano is a great destination to bring your partner to. 

With its gorgeous coloured houses, cute and narrow streets, and delicious food, Positano will take your breath away. If you want to enjoy every single moment in Positano, we suggest you plan your trip before summer starts. The best time to visit Positano is in April and May. 

As it’s a popular town in Italy prices in Positano might be higher than usual so keep in mind to visit this city off-season!

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Verona

Known as Romeo and Juliet city, Verona is one of the most romantic cities in Italy, maybe even more than Venice. Thanks to its history, ancient buildings and bridges, Verona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site worth visiting.

You can enjoy Verona any time of the year, as for the whole period you can feel the amazing romantic atmosphere surrounding you. If you want to impress your partner, make sure you book a table at “Terrazza Bar al Ponte” and enjoy an aperitif overlooking the Adige Bridge.

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Naples

We must admit, Naples it’s our home city and for us, it will always be one of the most romantic ones. You might feel that it is not the city itself that is romantic but is the way locals arrange it. While strolling around the narrow streets of the city, in the cool area of Naples, in Via Chiaia, during Valentine’s the street will be surrounded by hearts, street artists singing and many other attractions. 

Neapolitans know how to be romantic and that’s why you need to consider Naples as one of the top romantic cities in Italy. Stroll around Lungomare Caracciolo, the promenade of Naples, enjoy the breathtaking panorama and feel the vibes this city transmit to every visitor.

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Alberobello

Located in the Southern part of Italy, in the Apulia region, Alberobello is a cute and hidden village worth visiting. Well, the entire region of Puglia is worth visiting but Alberobello has its own reasons.

Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its Trulli (cone-shaped roof), Alberobello is one of the most loved destinations by Italians. The entire city has got that typical atmosphere that you will feel to be in a completely different area. 

Discover the famous Trullo Sovrano and Trullo Siamese and enjoy the beautiful Italian style while walking around Alberobello.

If you want to make the most of your trip to Alberobello, plan your escape during the spring months. The city is less crowded and the temperature is not that hot compared to the summer months.

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Ostuni

This is another beautiful village in Puglia. Ostuni is considered the door to the Salento Coast, the most gorgeous scenario in southern Italy. Often referred to as the white villages in Puglia. Those are small villages nestled on the hills of Valle d’Itria, a remote part of Puglia, well known for its traditions, stories and legends around the whitewashed village’s walls. Ostuni has got its own charm. Small but with plenty of things to do.

The “Città Bianca” is ideal to spend a couple of days in total relaxation with your partner. The old town of Ostuni is rich in history and architecture. Plan to spend at least one week in Puglia, to enjoy this village and many others around, like Locorotondo and Martina Franca.

If you’re looking for a panoramic point, head to Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and enjoy an aperitif with a stunning view!

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Capri

Expensive but romantic, Capri is the perfect island to visit in just one hour away from Naples. Thanks to its charm, amazing views and things to do, Capri can be very suggestive and a day trip to Capri from Naples is a must. 

The true symbol of this place is the Faraglioni. This naturalistic gem of Capri makes it one of the most romantic locations in Italy.

In fact, legend says that couples that kiss while passing under the rock will always be together. Well, it’s a legend but it doesn’t mean that you don’t need to do it. Make sure to take a boat and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings of Capri.

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Bologna

Prepare yourself to be amazed as Bologna is often underestimated. We assure you that by visiting this city in Emilia Romagna, you’ll love it! Stroll around the historical city centre, eat a gelato, admire the beautiful Sanctuary of San Luca and experience the real essence of Bologna together with your partner. 

Bologna is one of these cities that you can easily visit in a couple of days. However, looking for a romantic escape and a bit of relaxation we suggest you spend at least 3 days there. This city is well known for good food, culture and amazing day trips to do around.

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Matera

Last but not least in our list of romantic Italian cities we got Matera. For sure, you know Matera for its famous “Sassi of Matera”. Considered one of the most unique landscapes in Europe, the Sassi di Matera are ancient cave houses inhabited since the Palaeolithic period

Together with Alberobello, Matera is an authentic gem to add to your Italian bucket list. Many tourists plan their escape to Matera together with Alberobello as they are one hour away from each other.

Remember that Matera and Alberobello are in two different regions, Alberobello is located in the Apulia region and Matera in the Basilicata region.

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Q&A Romantic cities in Italy

Where is the most romantic place in Italy?

Here are the most romantic places in Italy:
Capri
Amalfi Coast
Lake Como
Venice
Florence
Venice
Rome
Turin

Where do couples go in Italy?

Top destinations in Italy for Couples:
Strolling around Venice narrow streets
Enjoy the gorgeous Lake Como
Follow the footsteps of Romeo and Juliet in Verona
Exploring the colourful villages of Cinque Terre
Take a boat to Capri
Drinking wine in Tuscany vineyards

Is Italy a romantic country?

Yes! Absolutely Yes! So far, Italy is one of the most romantic countries we have ever been to. Thanks to its amazing ancient history, seaside villages, gorgeous landscapes, Italy is today one of the most romantic destinations in the world.

What is the city of love in Italy?

Venice! Without any doubt the city of love in Italy is Venice. After Paris, Venice is surely one of the most loved cities in Italy. Thanks to its romantic vibes, gondolas around the canal, Venice is absolutely one of the most romantic cities in Italy. Make sure you plan at least 2 days in Venice to be able to enjoy every single place in the city!

Is Italy good for a honeymoon?

Absolutely Yes!! Italy becomes one of the top destinations for a honeymoon thanks to the amazing things that you can do around the country. Discover the most beautiful cities in Italy and plan your honeymoon around this beautiful country.

Why is Italy called the city of love?

Italy is called the city of love due to the famous story of Romeo and Juliet. Thanks to Shakespeare’s fictional love, Verona became the fourth most visited city in Italy. In fact, while visiting Verona, make sure you visit the House of Romeo and Juliet.

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