Post by Enrico
Is there anything more romantic than watching the sun falling behind the sea, hand in hand with your better half?
Yes, there is: watch it in Italy. The belvedere breathtaking views, with its narrow and flowered allies, are the perfect choice for a love-trip.
Follow my guide and I promise you won’t stumble on impersonal sidewalks and indifferent skyscrapers. I found inspiration on Italcult, a blog focused on Italian excellences in terms of tourism, food, art and culture. Just one piece of advice: be sure you bring a ring with you… you’ll be so overwhelmed by romance that you’ll most certainly feel the urge to kneel down!
Matera, the city of stonesChosen by Mel Gibson as the backdrop for his movie The Passion of the Christ and recently nominated City of Culture 2019, Matera has recently become a very popular destination. The reasons behind such awards and recognitions lay in Matera’s beautiful and unchanging nature: its charming appearance has been the same for centuries, and the passing of time has not deteriorated its beauty.
The city keeps its unspoiled and unique habitat, carved inside its sassi, stones. Walking around its center means witnessing a 2000-year-old historical environment which will make you believe in the possibility of a lasting, deep-rooted romantic relationship.
Venice and its canals
Venice embodies the essence of romanticism: enveloped by a thin fog and surrounded by water, Venice looks more like a dream than a real city.
The fact that you can use a gondola to move around, instead of cars, makes it even more unbelievable. Be careful, though: gondola trips cost quite a lot and you’ll have to negotiate to get a lower price. After a walk through the historical landmarks (St. Mark’s basilica, Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologio), reach the Campanile, the city’s tallest building built between 888 and 912: admire the superb view with your beloved companion and gaze at the Lido, the whole lagoon and the Dolomites.
The bridges of Verona
“O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” I’m sure you know who said these lines. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a romantic masterpiece, the one and only love story: why not, then, visit the city in which their adventures took place?
Verona looks over the river Adige. This means that the city has a broad collection of beautiful bridges which, in my opinion, constitute the true city’s romantic experience. Ponte Pietra and Ponte di Castelvecchio are two architectural jewels and watching the sun set right over the river is an unforgettable experience.
If you want to pay homage to the unfortunate couple, you can also visit Juliet’s house… and hope you only share an intense love with her!
A walk on the Amalfi coast
Warm weather, seaside panorama, and amazing food: this is, in a few words, the Amalfi coast description. Could you think about a better way to spend your time with your S.O.? What are you saying? “Red wine could make it perfect?”
Good for you, then: there are several organized tours that guide you around Amalfi’s vineyards and let you taste its precious wine. Walking on the Amalfi coast is an incredible experience.
You have to decide which road to follow, but you’ll be overwhelmed in any case by incredible views. I suggest you don’t miss the natural beauties of Valle delle Ferriere and Valle dei Mulini, and you have a walk around the colorful and narrow streets of Ravello.
If you have enough time, spend some in the Villa, and pretend this is your holiday home.
The Cinque Terre and its food tradition
Sharing is caring. Especially when talking about food. And, particularly, when such food comes from the Cinque Terre and goes with the name of focaccia di Recco or trofie al pesto. Now.
I am not saying you should go to the Ligurian coast only to taste and share these delicacies, but it’s a plus for sure.
The Cinque Terre is a name given to five small villages looking over the sea and nominated part of the Unesco Territories: they are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
Characterized by colorful houses, wide green spaces and cozy restaurants, each of the five villages has something to offer.
You can visit the website (www.lecinqueterre.org/eng/ ) to read more in depth information about these destinations.
Post by Enrico