“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”, or so cried Juliet in Shakespeare’s iconic play about two young, star-crossed lovers.
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, Valentine’s Day or in search of love, where better to whisper your own sweet nothings than in the country where this amorous love story began?
Here are our top recommendations for experiencing a little romance on your next trip to Italy.
Romeo & Juliet’s Verona
No romantic trip to Italy would be complete without visiting Verona, the birthplace of Romeo and Juliet. Venture through this medieval city with a local historian and view the reputed home of the Capulets to stand beneath Juliet’s balcony. Tiny love notes decorate this Gothic-style 1300s house and museum, and rumor has it, if you touch the right breast of the statue of Juliet, it will bring you luck in finding your own true love.
Be serenaded in Venice
Situated close to Verona you’ll find the pretty city of Venice. There is no bad time to visit this historic destination, with its waters shining a bright turquoise blue all year round. Explore its maze of canals via a romantic gondola ride and be serenaded as you make your way past its Renaissance and Gothic buildings.
Dinner for two along the Italian Riviera
A romantic trip requires a worthy dinner to accompany it. Look no further than Santa Margherita, a commune in the city of Genoa on the Italian Riveria. It holds The Trattoria San Siro, a delectable restaurant Insight guests get to visit on our Italian Elegance trip. The Trattoria has been located in the San Siro area of Santa Margherita for over 100 years and offers a menu of local produce. It serves simple cuisine and specializes in seafood caught fresh from the Ligurian sea. The area is also well known for its wonderful olive oils, herbs and pine nuts, which the restaurant uses to make its pesto.
Florence for art lovers
Share your love of art with your lover and head to the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze for a romantic afternoon viewing Italy’s great masterpieces. The museum includes a large collection of paintings by Florentine artists from the period 1300–1600 and is best known as the home of Michelangelo’s sculpture David. With Insight, you’ll explore the gallery with a knowledgeable Local Expert.
Take a stroll in Rome
Enjoy a romantic walk through the streets of Rome and capture the pretty sights that make up Italy’s capital. Visit the Piazza Navona, a square built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian. See the Pantheon and the famous Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous in the world. Learn more about the city’s history as you are guided by a Local Expert.