10 Most Romantic Cities In Italy

Italy in and of itself is one of the most romantic places in the world, and indeed, is likely one of the very first places that come to mind regarding romantic getaways. Places such as Florence, Verona, and Venice are well known for being the ideal destinations for couples in love. However, many even more suitable romantic cities often get overlooked, those that offer not just an amore-filled atmosphere but also stun with remarkable architecture and astounding views. These lesser-known cities are truly the Most Romantic Cities In Italy – and, the ones you’ll most certainly not want to miss:

Portofino

One of the more obvious choices on the list, Portofino also happens to be one of the most beautiful seaside towns in the country. Positively picturesque, it was once known for being a quaint fishing town, it has now become a top destination of choice for loved up couples. The tranquil and charming harbor is conveniently located on the northwestern coast of Liguria. With plenty of things to do such as sailing, hiking, diving, or lounging on the stunning beaches, Portofino is the perfect romantic getaway for the outdoorsy couples.

How to Get There

Regardless of your starting point, Portofino is one of the most easily accessible places on the list. The beautiful town can be reached by driving a car, train, boat, or bus. Depending on where you will be coming from, it is also within reasonable walking distance. The Santa Margherita and Camogli are the closest train stations with the option of a bus ride for the rest of the way. 

Most Romantic Place

  • Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino (Regional Natural Park): Be sure to visit nature’s paradise, filled with lots of indigenous plants, animals, and unbeatable views of the sea. Some of the most pleasurable things in life are also the most simple – such as a long, romantic hike.

Piedmont

Another beautiful hotspot in Northwestern Italy, Piedmont is the exact opposite landscape of Portofino, but just as beautiful. Surrounded on three sides with majestic snow-capped mountains, the region is home to several ideal, romantic cities including Ivrea Alba, and Turin.  The medieval castles and impressive architecture provide the perfect setting for your own personal love story.

How to Get There

Although made up of several cities, Turin is going to be your best entry point. You can also take a train to Piedmont from Milan. Traveling by foot is feasible if staying in Turin but a rental car or guide will likely be needed if visiting vineyards or if making a longer trip.

Most Romantic Place

  • Castello Di Pavone: Built in the year 859, this majestic castle is now a one of a kind hotel and restaurant. It is located not far from Ivrea and is, hands down, the most romantic place to use as a base.

Chianti, Tuscany

Admittedly I was a bit unsure about adding this one to the list as it is quite the apparent choice. However, we certainly can’t talk about love in the air while being in Italy without mentioning the wine country – Tuscany. Chianti, Tuscany is one of those must-stop locations in the boot-shaped land. Even if the visit is for business – but especially so when you’ve made the trip for pleasure. Rolling hills, endless lush greenery, sunsets that will take your breath away, and of course, lots and lots of wine. After all of that wine, however, it might be a good idea to book a night at one of the gorgeous bed and breakfasts in the area (hint, hint, wink, wink).

How to Get There

There are two train stations – in Poggibonsi and Castellina – which connect Sienna and Florence. Since all trains, both to and from Chianti, stop in Empoli, a bus will take you to the city’s central villages and/or towns.

Most Romantic Place

  • Romitorio di Sorelle: Stay at your own rustic, Tuscan style lovenest. This beautiful farmhouse has all the comforts that you could need including an on-site restaurant and pool.

Bellagio

This tiny, but full of character, town is located in Lake Como. It is one of the undisputed most beautiful places in Lombardy, Italy, if not in all of the country. With its narrow alleyways and small, winding streets, lined with boutiques, eateries, and shops, Bellagio offers a more laid-back and relaxed feel, ideal for a romantic stroll with your soulmate.

How to Get There

Bellagio is relatively well-connected by both bus and ferry. With ferries to Varenna on the east and regular water services on the west, namely Maggio and Cadenabbia. You can also take one of the trains which run routinely out of Milan.

Most Romantic Place

  • Villa Serbelloni: Being the only 5-star luxury hotel in all of Bellagio, why would you stay elsewhere? Both prestigious and elegant. The hotel has a history dating back 150 years and is truly one of the most romantic places in Italy.

Conca Dei Marini

Conca Dei Marini is a small town along the Amalfi Coast. It is also one of the most romantic cities in Italy. While not as renowned as some of its neighbors such as Ravello, Positano, or Amalfi, it can be considered even more intriguing. With plenty of old-world charm, its main draw, particularly for loving couples, is the quite famous, and utterly stunning, Grotto dello Smeraldo.

How to Get There

Bus line 5070 is likely to be the best way to get to Conca Dei Marini. The ride from Amalfi to Grotto Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto), departing every hour, takes about 15 minutes and is fairly inexpensive.

Most Romantic Place

  • La Conca Azzurra: This Conca Dei Marini resort is not only gorgeous, but it is also strategically placed. Within walking distance of the famous Emerald Grotto and less than a mile from the Mediterranian Sea. The rooftop terrace offers some of the best, and romantic, views in all of Italy.

Sorrento

Sorrento, in the Province of Naples, is a terrific option for couples looking for the culture, history, and beauty of Italy but without the crowds. Its views are some of the best in the world with steep slopes and sea cliffs that overlook the waters of Capri, Ischia, and the Bay of Naples. It also happens to be the birthplace of Limoncello liquor. Although not quite the tourist hub as some of its Italian neighbors, Sorrento has no shortage of fun things to do including hiking, diving, and sea fishing.

How to Get There

I highly recommend traveling to Sorrento by sea – If for no other reason than strictly for the scenery. Depart Naples by ferry via the Naples – Sorrento line, which is active year-round. The Naples port can be reached by way of the Alibus route. The Alibus route leaves directly from the Naples Capodichino Airport.

Most Romantic Place

  • Bagni Della Regina Giovanna: A romantic dip in the clear, warm waters of this idyllic natural pool. There are also plenty of options nearby for lodging. 

Praiano

Positioned halfway between Amalfi and Positano, Praiano is a little slice of heaven within paradise. Clear blue waters and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. This lovely, yet serene fishing town offers all of the benefits of the Amalfi Coast without the hecticness and masses. The award-winning beaches are reason enough to make this the destination for your love fest. No list would be complete without the romantic city of Praiano.

How to Get There

Praiano is also one of the more well-connected places on the list, being fairly easy to get to. Regular public transport, ferries, as well as boats will ensure that you are able to reach the city with absolute ease.

Most Romantic Place

  • Marina Di Praia: This beachside cove is a great way for loved up couples to spend their day. Although quite popular in high season, it is definitely a must-visit destination without the crowds of tourists.

Ravello

Ravello is a town that sits perched on clifftops. It is one of the only places on the Amalfi Coast that is not located by the sea. However, it does have amazing views of it! This town tends to stand out from the crowd of seaside towns as it leans more towards being a cultural hotspot as opposed to the typical sun-shiny vacation stops. An abundance of art, music, and history is idyllically intertwined with the absolute beauty of the surroundings. 

How to Get There

Taking a train to either Sorrento or Solerno and transferring to a bus or ferry from there, seems to be the easiest way to get to Ravello. There are no trains on the Amalfi Coast so keep that in mind when planning your travel itinerary. 

Most Romantic Place

  • Villa Cimbrone: People flock to this architecturally stunning hotel for its unbelievable views and gardens. Making this your base guarantees a romantic time in one of the most romantic cities in Italy. 

Ostuni

Ostuni is a unique experience – the city is both amazing and maze-like. Located in Puglia, Ostuni is known for its many whitewashed houses earning it the nickname ‘The White City’. This charming town is so much more than that. Ancient walls surround the town, which was once used in the defense of the city. Although quite a few of the local shops and eateries close in ‘off’ season, this is the ideal time to go. Free to wander the alleyways, staircases, and admire the architecturally beautiful arches, without the high season crowds. Be sure to walk the streets around Centro Storico and stop for a bite at the Osteria Ricanatti.

How to Get There

Flying into Bari or Brindisi and traveling by rented car, taxi, public transport, or train from there will be both the quickest and easiest way to get to Ostuni. The Nearest airport in Brindisi is around 35 km from the city, while the airport in Bari is over 100 km away.

Most Romantic Place

  • Ostuni Palace Hotel: This ideal romantic hotspot has everything on offer for a complete romantic getaway: spa, hot tub, piano bar. You will find it hard to leave the grounds! It is also relatively close to many of the city’s main attractions.

Polignano a Mare

In the heart of southern Italy, conveniently located on the Adriatic Sea, Polignano a Mare provides the perfect backdrop, particularly when love is in the air. The beauty is almost intoxicating and would be a great getaway for more adventurous couples. Cliff diving is the activity of the day. Yet, the nearby pebble beach of Cala Porto is a terrific alternative for those who are not exactly adrenaline junkies. The highlight of the romantic trip will be dining at the famous Grotta Palazzese, a restaurant situated inside an ancient cave. The terrace views are spectacular, and not something you’ll soon forget.

How to Get There

The shortest trip to the city will be taking the shuttle from the central train station in Bari to Brindisi, getting off in Polignano a Mare. You could also take the route from Brindisi Airport but that would nearly double your travel time.

Most Romantic Place

  • Cinquevite: This stunningly beautiful hotel gained a reputation as one of the most romantic places in Polignano a Mare. you can find it in the Apulia Region, in the center of the city. All-inclusive, you and that special someone (or someone’s, no judgment), will enjoy a sun terrace with a bar as well as a pool to lounge by.

Italy, as a whole, is more of an overall experience than simply a destination. The sights, the sounds, the entire atmosphere is like no other place in the world – especially when making memories with the one you love. Italy is timeless, it is truly as though you have taken a step back through time. While you might be tempted to head out to the more cliche romance bases, the real beauty of this magnificent country is in all of its hidden gems. Exploring the not-so-crowded nooks, crannies, and undeniably romantic cities. That can be considered treasures still hidden is the only way to really experience it.