No matter where you go, there is always romance in the air when you are in Italy. Italy is known for its good food, wines, and as the perfect backdrop for an amorous trip for you and your honey. If you want to avoid the crowds while still enjoying all that Italy has to offer, here are some of the best “off the beaten path” romantic destinations in Italy.
Famed for Shakespeare’s setting for his star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a city created for couples. Nestled in some of Italy’s best wine-producing regions, Verona is a go-to destination for its wineries and enotecas (wine-tasting repositories). After some wine-tasting, head over to the Giardino Giusti, one of Italy’s most beautiful Renaissance gardens. Stroll amongst the statue and cypress-lined grand path, or sit and enjoy the sound of the fountains trickling. Walk to the summit of the hill and gaze over the panoramic views of the city before having dinner at the Antico Caffee Dante. The ultimate in romantic spots, this café has some of the most scenic views of Verona while offering delicious cuisines and wines. After dinner, wander over to the ancient open-air Roman arena and catch an opera or concert underneath the stars. Verona is one of Italy’s hidden treasures and should be experienced at least once in your lifetime.
A Sicilian city with crystal clear beaches, historic churches and buildings, and some of the best cuisine you will ever taste. Located in southern Italy on the Ionian Sea, Taormina is a destination for rest and relaxation. Besides lounging on the beach, Taormina is great for romantic strolls through its many winding medieval streets or exploring ancient ruins and private grottoes. The Greek Theater is one of the main attractions of this fabulous city, not only for the architecture and history, but also for the breathtaking panoramic views surrounding it. You can also take a side trip to Isola Bella, known as the “Pearl of the Ionian.” This nature preserve is home to beautiful wildlife and incredible flora. You can also take a side trip to Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Taormina is full of lush gardens, charming cafes, and gelato bars. When you are done strolling through the city, sit down at the Ristorante Pizzeria Mirage as you watch the sun set over Mount Etna, offering a fantastic romantic atmosphere.
Unspoiled by the flocks of tourists that descend on other Italian cities, Piedmont is a region famous for its snow-capped Alps, picturesque villages that dot the mountainsides, majestic lakes, and delicious wines. Walking through Turin, Italy’s first capital, you can see the famous “Shroud of Turin,” enjoy one of the largest Egyptian antiquities collection outside Egypt, or explore the many palatial residences throughout the city and see how the Italian aristocracy lived. Turin is also known for its chocolates. You can buy a ChocoPass, which is good for samples around the city’s many chocolate cafes. If you want to continue indulging your sweet tooth, head over to Asti, famous for its sweet wines, especially the Moscato d’Asti. There you can wander amongst the ancient Roman walls and cathedrals. If you want a relaxing time, head to Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second-largest lake which is shared with Switzerland. There the towns of Stresa, Arona, and Verbania are some of the best places for picnicking along the lakeside while enjoying the panoramic vista of the lake. Piedmont is one of the best “off the beaten path” romantic destinations in Italy for its stunning views, hospitality, and overall beauty.
Another hidden treasure of Italy, this seaport city is a discovery in culture and romance. Full of historical cafes, impressive art museums, and piazzas, Trieste is a couple’s dream destination for time alone together. The city’s main square, Piazza Unita d’Italy, is full of great cafés where you can sip an espresso and look out over the Adriatic Sea. If you are feeling adventurous, take a trip to the Faro della Vittoria (or Victory Lighthouse), where you can climb two hundred steps to reach the top for a beautiful view. You may choose to explore some of the cave system that runs under the city, or visit the ruins of the old Roman theatre. For a more relaxing evening, have a romantic dinner for two at the Antica Trattoria Suban in their garden. Afterwards you can take in a show at the legendary Teatro Verdi and enjoy the passion of the opera.
Not as well-known as Tuscany, but equally beautiful, Umbria is a region lying in the heart of Italy. Filled with delightful medieval towns and incredible countryside vistas, this region is full of rolling hills, fertile fields, and charming people. Perugia, the capital, is a great place for romantic strolls through its medieval city center, churches, and museums. Also known for its chocolate, Perugia is a delight for foodies everywhere. If you are looking for a cultural wonder, head over to Assisi, a beautiful pilgrimage site with its impressive frescoes. For an incredible view of the hilly region, head to Orvieto. This pretty, hilltop town was once a former Papal residence and has a stunning 13th century cathedral worth seeing. Go below the city and explore the labyrinth of caves and tunnels that lie just below the surface. If you are into music and the arts, Spoleto’s Festival dei Duo Mundi, held annually in the summer for three weeks, is an incredible event with operatic acts, dance, drama, and various arts. With its picturesque landscapes, great foods and wines, and many cultural activities, it’s no wonder that Umbria is worthy of making the list for as one of the best “Off the Beaten Path” romantic destinations in Italy.
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