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The Local’s Guide to the Most Romantic Places in Italy

13 February 2024
by Regan Hofmann
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For the most romantic Italian itinerary, visit these under-the-radar towns that locals love. 

Standing in Rome’s Colosseum at sunset, a gondola ride down Venice’s Grand Canal, wandering the narrow streets of Florence’s centro storico…for many of us, the thought of traveling anywhere in Italy instantly evokes a romantic glow. The sense of history, gorgeous art—and, of course, the delicious food and wine!—all combine to give travelers visiting Italy a feeling of timeless pleasure. 

But where do Italians go when they’re looking for a romantic getaway? Rather than reaching for a major city or famous destination, they turn to less-traveled towns where they can relax and soak in those gorgeous sights without the crowds. If you’re planning a honeymoon, anniversary trip, or just wanting to spend time with your sweetheart, put these romantic gems on your itinerary. 

OrvietoOrvieto. This stunning town in the central Umbria region is divided into two parts: a modern town at the base of a hill and the (car-free) historic city center at its peak, connected by a quaint 19th-century cable car that carries passengers up and down. Ride to the top of the hill and feel like you’ve stepped back in time to a medieval fantasy complete with an intricately decorated duomo, one of the most beautiful in Italy. Don’t miss a tour of the underground city, a hushed series of stone grottoes dating back to Etruscan times. 


Juliet's Balcony, VeronaVerona. Sometimes called the City of Love thanks to its association with Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet, this medieval town in the northern Veneto region is saturated with amorous vibes. Admire the love locks and letters outside the Juliet’s House museum, or simply soak in the history while strolling the quiet streets. 


Giada in Lake ComoLake Como. Less under-the-radar these days thanks to its popularity among celebrities like George and Amal Clooney, who were married here in 2013, this Y-shaped lake in the northern Lombardy region is dramatically backed by the Alps, making for stunning vistas across its crystal-blue waters. Locals avoid the tourist crowds by heading to Lecco, in the eastern end of the lake, where you can enjoy rugged hikes, leisurely boat rides, and beautiful villas. 


SienaSiena. A mid-sized hilltop city in central Tuscany, Siena was once a powerhouse to rival Florence, with the stunning art and architecture to match. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Siena’s gorgeously preserved historic center is all red-brick buildings and narrow walkways. Gaze out from the top of the Torre del Mangio to admire the region’s serene rolling hills and vineyards. 


Lake BraccianoLake Bracciano. Not far from Rome, this volcanic lake is one of the largest in Italy. City folks come here for water activities like windsurfing and boating, as well as lounging at one of the many waterfront cafés. In the lake town of Bracciano, tour the fairy tale-like Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, a favorite wedding venue for the rich and famous (Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes tied the knot there in 2011). We recommend exploring the winding, romantic alleyways around the Castello. 

CisterninoCisternino. In the summer months, Puglia is a favorite vacation destination for many Italians, but those who want a more intimate experience in this southern beachy paradise head to Cisternino. Recognized as one of Italy’s most beautiful towns, this whitewashed retreat in the Valle d’Itria is the spot for leisurely strolling atop the ancient city walls, outdoor dining on the central piazza, and getting lost in the charming narrow alleys.


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