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Planning a Romantic Vacation in Italy

Italy is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. It has thousands of years’ worth of heritage still evident in its magnificent cities. In fact, Italy has 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – a true testament to the enduring love and appreciation it has for its cultural legacy.

For a romantic Italian vacation, accommodation is one of the first things you should put in place, especially during peak months – and most certainly if you are planning to visit the more touristy destinations. As a rule of thumb, the best way to experience the romance of Italy is to visit when there are less people, and explore places that are not typically swarming with other holidaymakers.

The Coastal Town of Amalfi

Because of its Mediterranean climate and location, Amalfi and its neighbouring towns are best enjoyed during the summer. But because this is also the peak time, which attracts thousands of tourists from all around the world, those who want to avoid the crowds could visit in the weeks just before the peak season starts. Not only will this slight tweak in timing contribute to a more romantic Italian vacation, accommodation during this time may also be easier to find and slightly cheaper. While in Amalfi, its main attraction, the Saint Andrew’s Cathedral should not be missed. The 11th century cathedral is the centrepiece of in this panoramic coastal town, and adds a rustic appeal to the holiday experience.


If you are considering really getting away from the crowds, visiting an island in the middle of the Mediterranean can help you. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily. Its capital, Cagliari, is an ancient city with a lasting cultural heritage. But while the metropolitan area city is a major tourist hub, there are sites in Cagliari and the rest of Sardinia that can provide the ultimate romantic Italian vacation. Accommodation options in Cagliari include cosy villas that will make you feel like you are thousands of miles away from the city buzz.

Poetto, Cagliari’s main beach, stretches for five miles and boasts divine white sand. While it can get crowded in the evening due to the nightlife, it has a more relaxed ambience during the daytime, especially in the early morning.

The Art Hub of Tuscany

After exploring picturesque Amalfi and culturally-rich Sardinia, there is another region in Italy that should be high on the list. As the birthplace of Renaissance, Tuscany is well-known for a lot of things, a huge part of which is its artistic heritage. Moreover, seven localities within the region have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their historic, artistic and architectural significance. One of the sites is the historic centre of Florence, and a visit here will undoubtedly bring out the romance on any Italian vacation. Accommodation in Tuscany abounds, and the region has so many artistic centres that the infrastructure and attractions are second to none.

Helen Forbes