From North to South, here are the romantic destinations in Italy to discover with the one you love.  

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Italy is the land of love, full of romantic sights, ancient cities to discover, and breathtaking landscapes. It is the ideal place to organise a couple's holiday.

Whether you plan your next Valentine's day or simply a getaway with your sweetheart, you will undoubtedly find the romantic destination for an unforgettable trip in Italy.

Discovering Italy's romantic destinations

romantic destinations in Italy

There are many opportunities to spend time with those you love and to celebrate anniversaries. Sharing special moments is the most important thing, and doing it in a unique place makes it unforgettable.

A romantic weekend by the sea, a relaxing day at the spa in the mountains, a walk through the alleyways of a picturesque village or a boat trip on the lake: from north to south, you will find romantic destinations in Italy where you can enjoy many different and unique experiences with your partner.

If you don't know what to plan for your next romantic trip, here we have 20 romantic Italian destinations to explore with the person you love. Are you ready to go?

20. Romantic destinations in Italy: Val D'Aosta

Couples love to reach the Aosta Valley to gaze at an adventure divided equally between nature and gastronomy.

In Courmayeur the festival is particularly heartfelt, since it coincides with the celebration of the patron saint of the city. On this occasion you can enjoy candlelit dinners and enjoy long and pleasant walks hand in hand, through the paths made for couples on holiday.

Another area that stands out for its romantic getaways is Gressoney-Saint-Jean where, in addition to sports, you can taste local dishes and get closer to the inhabitants, who always know how to give tourists valuable hiking tips. 

Finally, the Val d'Aosta Region offers discounts to lovers who visit regionally owned archaeological sites and castles on 14 February.

19. Love escapes in Piedmont

Valentine’s Day in Turin

Bardonecchia, the ski resort an hour away from Turin, awaits couples who want to have fun in the soft snow that this year has fallen in abundance. Excursions and life in the open air are intertwined with small tours in the city center - in particular in the central Via Medail - to meet artisans and restaurants decorated with parties.

Without forgetting a nice trip to Turin, valid for every occasion and especially for the Valentine’s Day. Together you can visit the historic buildings and drink a 'Bicerin' to celebrate the health of the couple. Nearby a climb to the Sacra di San Michele will be a kind of token of love so that the relationship continues to improve.

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18. Liguria and its places of love

Alassio beach

The alleys of Alassio that slope down to the sea

Suspended between the mountains and the sea, Liguria boasts an assortment of enviable tourist destinations. The romantic and gastronomic week invades the city of Camogli to fill the heart with pampering and belly of culinary proposals. Impossible to forget the walk of lovers in the Cinque Terre area where the colors blend with the shades of the sky.

And how not to mention the only Italian city that can boast the title of City of Lovers? We are talking about Alassio, of course, which received the official recognition in 2007, immediately enticing those couples who love to spend the party in an original way.

17. In Lombardy: between mountains and spas of love

Bormio awaits couples with open arms with candlelit dinners and the spa ready to pamper guests.

Vigevano has been preparing for a long time with calendar events designed specifically for Valentine’s Day. On the program there are not only romantic dinners but also shows, surprises and gifts for those who decide to spend the day in the ducal city.

If you are looking for the mountain, Valtellina is ready to welcome you with your partner. You should not miss the opportunity to take a ride in the snowmobile or to catch a glimpse of some wild animal trying to blend into the snow. 

The lakes of Lombardy also offer romantic places and views. Explore the picturesque villages of Lake Como and visit one of the many period villas with beautiful lake-view gardens.

16. Romantic trips in Trentino Alto Adige

Valentine’s Day is celebrated at Passo San Valentino, above Lake Garda. This area, evocative of historical events of great importance has become over the years a place where you can devote yourself completely to nature. In summer you can take pleasant walks along the paths and reach the various refuges. Instead, in winter, the snow cloaks the paths allowing access to ski slopes or snowshoeing in total freedom.

Another popular destination for tourists is San Martino di Castrozza: a temple of winter walks with snowshoes and skis. Yet the couple’s tourism does not disdain even relax on the shores of Lake Caldonazzo or Lake Levico, as they can make the loop and enjoy the mountain reflections on the water. 

15. Castles by the sea in Friuli Venezia Giulia

Miramare Castle in Friuli Venezia Giulia

Trieste, nicknamed the little Vienna by the sea, is romantic at any time of year. Between a stroll hand in hand through the streets of the centre, a coffee in an elegant historical café and a sunset on the daring pier, you will breathe in the romantic atmosphere of this beautiful city.

Also, just a few kilometres from the centre, you can visit the Miramare Castle and its wonderful park or take the Napoleonic Way, a beautiful walk with breathtaking views of the entire gulf of Trieste. Finally, you can explore the town of Grado and its beautiful lagoon to admire fantastic colours and sunsets.

14. Veneto, a favourite region for lovers

Cortina d'Ampezzo covered with snow

Veneto is home to 2 of the most romantic cities in Italy: Venice and Verona.

Enjoy the unique atmosphere of these iconic cities. Stroll hand in hand through the historic centre of Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet or wander up and down the bridges and narrow streets of Venice!

Another place full of romantic views is Lake Garda. Discover the Veneto villages of Lake Garda: Peschiera del Garda, Lazise, Bardolino, and Malcesine will offer you relaxing and beautiful views.

To stay on the theme of spas, we recommend the charming Montegrotto Terme at the foot of the Euganean Hills.

Here, you can take pleasant walks in contact with nature and soak in the warm thermal waters, or you can select one of the breathtaking resorts in the Dolomites and surprise your sweetheart with a place of timeless charm, such as Cortina d'Ampezzo.

13. In Emilia Romagna among culture, sea and good food

Ferrara - romantic destination in Italy

Ferrara - historical centre

The walk from Viserba to Rimini with feet treading on the icy sand is a very special beauty treatment. When you reach the historic center of Rimini, it’s time to refresh yourself with a tasty piadina so as to enjoy all the nuances of local cuisine.

But if you want to reach the peak, know that many manors in Emilia Romagna have organized themselves to offer unforgettable experiences to couples. Alternatively, you can opt for a trip along the Po river with a candlelit dinner and a jazz background. Or admire the Castello Estense in Ferrara painted red as a tribute to all lovers.

12. The most romantic Tuscany

Baths of San Filippo in Tuscany

It is not said that on Valentine’s Day we have to go to the mountains, especially if we do not love the winter season. We can opt for a spa town so as to relax and, at the same time, pamper ourselves.

Tuscany is the favorite destination for Italian spas, thanks to the wide range of choice. In fact, in this region you can not only book your spa stays but you can also try the free spa access.

And if we really don't want to miss out on visiting cities, in Tuscany we are spoilt for choice in terms of both villages and cities of art.

Let’s not forget Lucignano, considered the 'City of love' thanks to the tree that symbolizes this feeling. Lucignano is located in Valdichiana and couples come here to touch the tree with golden branches and coral because it brings luck and happiness to the relationship.

11. The Marche that you do not expect on Valentine’s Day

The echo of love in Gradara

Finally a Valentine’s Day away from the buzz of the city. In Torre di Palme, in the province of Fermo, there is a protected area that houses the 'Grotta degli amanti'. It is a natural cavity in which Antonio and Laurina love each other for eight days and eight nights in order to recover the time lost due to the war.

If the beginning of our relationship has been turbulent we can find some understanding from Giacomo Leopardi. Therefore, we can visit our Italian poet in Recanati and tell to the best of our hearts how beautiful our love cloaks!

But if instead we are consuming a visceral and carnal love we must head to Gradara, a place of representation of the couple Paul and Francesca, praised by the great poet Dante.

10. The Umbria of villages and relaxing spas

In romantic Umbria we can access services created ad hoc by the spa resorts. Romantic dinners, personalised services and independent access to the spa, saunas and poolsare organized for the guests.

These solutions are perfect for couples looking for intimacy and isolation, despite staying in renowned facilities. In addition, there are many villages and cities of art in Umbria to discover in a romantic atmosphere.

In Città della Pieve there is the alley Baciadonne, which fits perfectly for the Valentine’s Day. In fact, the alley is so narrow that if you want to pass you have to cling to the partner, otherwise you will be stuck for eternity.

After crossing the famous alley unscathed you can go down for a walk in Lake Trasimeno and dine by candlelight with a traditional menu.

9. Abruzzo and its heart-shaped lake

The Lake of Scanno

Remaining on the theme of the saint’s name, we can venture to discover the village of San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore, which has become part of the authentic Italian villages. It is located at the gates of the Maiella National Park and offers several historic buildings organized in churches, palaces and museums. Of extreme charm is the paleontological section that boasts inside remains of animal and vegetable fossils.

Lake Scanno has a particular heart shape, which can be seen from the top of the hermitage of Sant'Egidio. While the Castle of Rocca Calascio is one of the 15 most beautiful castles in the world, as established by National Geographic magazine. Why?

Because its fairy-tale walls soften a rough and wild landscape. And if you really want to exaggerate, choose to visit the castle with the sunset, when the sky is colored iridescent.

8. The charming and romantic villages of Lazio

Civita di Bagnoregio

On Valentine’s Day you can not miss a visit to the fabulous Civita di Bagnoregio, with its picturesque bridge to divide modern civilization from ancient. The so-called 'Dying City' is located in the province of Viterbo and the tuff composition is undermining its structure.

That is why we must not waste time and postpone the visit. The city represents the feeling of love, which if not taken care of and nourished, in time ends up crumbling.

The village of Torrefina seems to have fled from a fairy tale to settle in the town of Acquapendente on the border with Umbria. Ideal destination for romantics with heart-shaped eyes. As well as the village of Nemi, another gem nestled among the Castelli Romani and nestled sinuously on the lake. 

7. The Molise of lovers

If we are looking for a fairytale place we can find it in Molise, visiting the village of Castelpetroso, which surrounded by snow looks like a fairy place. The neo-Gothic style accentuates the architectural lines so as to make them appear almost ethereal. Despite this, the most romantic village remains Bagnoli del Trigno erected between the spurs of rock and almost suspended in mid-air.

And if the weather allows you can make a stop in Termoli and from there take a boat to the Tremiti Islands. The center of Termoli, in any case, reserves the enchanted corners and offers a menu designed in a trabucco just for couples looking for a hearty meal.

6. Campania: land of sea, music and love

Naples - view

Panorama of Naples

To look out on Valentine’s Day in one of the most suggestive natural balconies on the Gulf of Naples, means to visit the Municipality of Agerola. From here also starts the famous 'Sentiero degli dei' that reaches Positano. Before taking the itinerary suspended on the sea, however, we must stop to taste local products, especially those of dairy origin.

From 10 to 14 February returns the event 'Saint Valentine in Love' in Salerno and, more precisely to Valentine in Torio. The festival is associated with the festival offering food, music and many dances.

In the districts of Vomero and Arenella in Naples, instead, for the same dates, the streets will be enriched with stands, workshops and chocolate stalls. A real Valentine’s gift for food lovers of the gods.

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5. A fascinating tour in Basilicata

Romantic Matera

Matera is a must if we go to Basilicata. Getting lost in its alleys and experiencing the atmosphere that seems to have crystallized in the past is an experience with exciting tones.

But also the surroundings offer sublime moments. Just think of the Pollino National Park that from its summit we can see the Ionian and Tyrrhenian coast.

Not to mention the villages, such as that of Valsinni, which is considered the 'Commune of love' to witness an idyllic relationship between a baron and a poet that could not take place because of the intervention of families.

4. In Puglia amid romantic seaside villages

Polignano a Mare

Vico del Gargano, in the province of Foggia, hides the 'Vicolo dei baci' and is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Among other things, the village has become part of the 'Most beautiful villages in Italy' circuit for its architecture and its legendary image.

Only here can the couple share a paposcia. What is it? A focaccia stuffed and cooked with a hot flame.

To go in search of wonder in Puglia you do not need to move around much, but head towards Polignano a Mare. The destination is quite popular in summer but on Valentine’s Day it becomes a cradle for lovers. Taking refuge in one of its caves and admiring the sea will raise the thermometer of love to the maximum.

3. In Calabria between villages, sea and mountains

Tropea in winter

A trip with religious reflections and theme with the holiday is organized to see the relics of the saint. Perhaps not everyone is aware that the remains of Saint Valentine are kept in the Convent of San Daniele in Belvedere Marittimo, Calabria.

Immediately after we can go down to visit the Rock of the Queen of Acquappesa, about half an hour by car. It is a rock formation linked by a legend. Queen Isabella of France took a bath in the sulphurous waters of the Luigiane Baths, thus fulfilling her desire to become a mother.

What else is there to do in Calabria? Visit Tropea and Scilla, enjoy the views of Capo Vaticano, meet the Riace Bronzes and much more. Any choice will be good, because in Calabria you can never go wrong!

2. Sicilian romantic destinations

The romantc village of Cefalù

The Bedda Sicilia for Valentine’s Day could be crossed in search of the most characteristic villages. Since we can not yet take a bath in the sea, we can dedicate ourselves to the discovery of those corners that in summer become off limits due to high temperatures.

So let’s dedicate ourselves to the discovery of Cefalù, close to the sea, with Arab Norman architecture and wait for sunset and then eat a hearty meal of fish.

Alternatively we can visit Marzamemi, between Pachino and Noto, so as to taste another typical local: the tuna caught. Finally, opt for Erice, which dominates the province of Trapani and taste the Genoese pastries made by Maria Grammatico.

1. Sardinia amid traditions and unspoilt nature

Sardinia and the feast of lovers

Visiting Sardinia away from the crowds is almost a mystical experience. Barbagia di Seulo is the only church dedicated to Valentine’s Day. The village is located in Sadali and not the church is not the only exception since in this place there is also the only waterfall that flows in an urban center.

Getting off at the airport in Cagliari we can dedicate ourselves to discover the romantic views of the city. The Devil’s Saddle, despite its name, is one of the most evocative views as the promontory overlooks the Gulf of Angels, in an eternal ambivalence.

Finally, if you really want to surprise your better half take it to Tortolì: the natural landscape will be enough to increase love and passion.

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