Looking for a honeymoon, or an exciting city break to rekindle an old romance? Then check out our 5 most romantic cities on earth for a way to reignite passion and live le dolce vita with that special someone.
Almost everything about the historic city of Venice evokes a lingering mood of love and romance; the atmospheric mist of the Venetian Lagoon, the sounds of violin and accordion that drift in the air, the exquisite and ornate architecture of the Grand Canal. Home to Casanova, the legendary lothario, Venice has been known to evoke strong passion for centuries, and has been visited by millions of lovesick couples down the years. To follow in their footsteps, take a moonlit gondola ride through the ancient, mysterious canals, feed the pigeons in St Mark’s Square, or pay homage to the poet Byron at the Bridge of Sighs. End your day with a glass of chilled prosecco and a platter of fresh oysters at a local Bacaro, and enjoy the rose red sunsets that illuminate the sky of this sensuous city at twilight.
They must put something in the water in this part of Italy, because just 30 miles inland from Venice, the humble city of Verona has been attracting the romantically inclined for centuries, who come to profess undying love in this most passionate of locations. Teenagers in particular go to great lengths to serenade the object of their desire here, specifically underneath the rusticated balcony of a medieval townhouse at number 23, Via Cappello. For this is where William Shakespeare set the most romantic, and most tragic, of all his plays – Romeo and Juliet. If you want to avoid the crowds, however, then retreat to the Franciscan monastery of San Francesco al Corso just outside the city walls. It is in this building that, it has been claimed, the final, heart-breaking scene of Romeo and Juliet was set, when the young lovers take their own lives. Visitors can even see the open sarchopaghus where Juliet is said to have died after stabbing herself.
If all of that is a bit too soppy for you, then try Paris, a city strictly for grown-ups. La Ville-Lumiere is the ideal destination for ardent lovers, with the Pont des Arts, the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre Couer and the Luxembourg Gardens all offering a heady concoction of romance, sophistication and passion. At night sample the finest French wines and cheeses in a cozy little bistro, read one another poems by Rimbaud and Baudelaire, and listen to the rapturous music of Serge Gainsbourg. Make sure to visit the I Love You Wall in Montmartre, where the world’s favourite three-word phrase is written in more than 300 different languages. After week in this sublime city I guarantee you will be saying “Je t’aime” in the most pristine, and seductive, of French accents.
If you need a romantic destination on the other side of the globe, look no further than Zhuhai, a Chinese seaside city not far from Macau and Hong Kong. This town is in the area of China known as the Chinese Riviera, so-called for its stunning coastline, beautiful beaches and exclusive tourist resorts. Zhuhai is particularly known for its extensive, and beautifully tended, gardens, the ideal place for an amorous afternoon stroll. Couples are also to be seen frolicking happily on Lover’s Road, an ocean promenade studded with palm trees, or laying roses at the base of the Fisher Girl statue, erected to pay tribute to the myth of an ancient goddess who gave her up life to prove her love to a mere mortal.
Finally, from the land of the Karma Sutra is the splendid Indian city of Udaipur, one of the most ravishing and romantic cities on earth. A paradise of lakes and mountains with fairy-tale castles, extravagant temples and perfumed gardens, Udaipur is also home to the Taj Palace, voted the world’s most romantic hotel. This stunning palace, built from white and pink marble, seems to float on its own private island in Lake Pichola. Formerly a summer retreat for a Maharaja and his harem of courtesans, guests can indulge in the finest caviar and foie gras while sipping champagne, take a ceremonial barge around the lake, or engage in a spot of Ayurvedic Aromatherapy. While such pampering does not come cheap, you and your loved one will have a hard time peeling yourself away from this luxurious haven to explore the sights and sounds of Rajastan.
So if you are setting off for a romantic break, make sure to check out these cities that drip with love and romance. For a cheaper alternative, prepare a candelit meal, play some smooth jazz, sprinkle rose petals over the bed and hope for the best!
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