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The Best Cities In Italy To Travel As A Couple

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Italy’s rolling hills, cobbled streets, candlelit restaurants and lush vineyards make it one of the best places to travel as a couple.

From the vineyards of Tuscany, along the romantic canals of Venice and the colourful coast of Amalfi, to the sun-baked islands at the country’s tip, these are the best ten best destinations in Italy to travel together.

#1. Venice


It goes without saying that Venice is one of the best destinations to travel to in Italy as a couple.

We recently visited and were prepared to be underwhelmed frankly, thinking it wouldn’t be worth the hype. But it was. 

It was actually so much more than we expected. Every corner that you turn is another canal, another bridge, another quaint, waterside eatery. It’s incredibly charming. 

Taking a gondola ride along the Grand Canal is magical too, it feels like you’re part of a movie. 

We also recommend eating at Trattoria Bar Pontini to sample the best Tiramisu in the world, a big claim we know, but make sure to book in advance as the queues can get rather lengthy.

If you’re considering heading to Venice as a couple, we recommend staying at Novecento Boutique Hotel.

For a more budget-friendly option, we recommend Ruzzini Palace Hotel.

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#2. Rome


Another world-renowned city but another one that also really is as great as they say it is. Rome, Italy’s capital city.

It is one of those cities where history is ready to be discovered behind every corner and you could spend days getting lost amongst its historic buildings.

If you are travelling to Rome as a couple, we really recommend visiting the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain in the evening, when the majority of the crowds have gone. Seeing such iconic landmarks light up, with the backdrop of a twinkling night sky, is incredibly romantic. 

When it comes to accommodation, we recommend staying in Singer Palace Hotel – mostly for the rooftop view!

For a more budget-friendly option, we recommend Tree Charme Augusto Luxury Suites

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#3. Verona


Verona is another incredibly romantic destination in Italy to visit as a couple. 

Said to be the birthplace of Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare’s world-renowned play, the city just oozes romance. 

We recommend walking to the top of Castel San Pietro just before dusk where you can experience the magic of sunset with your other half.

What’s more, Verona is located in the Veneto region of Italy, meaning that wine and prosecco are very affordable. Cheers!

Our favourite meal here was in Bar G. & G. as it offers a buffet-style lunch where you can choose from a range of homecooked local delicacies.  

For anyone considering a trip to Verona, we would suggest staying in Relais Balcone di Giulietta.

For a more budget-friendly option, we recommend Anfiteatro B&B.

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#4. Sorrento


Moving to the south of Italy now, to Sorrento, which is another fantastic destination to travel to as a couple.

It’s actually considered to be one of the top destinations for weddings and honeymoons thanks to its breathtaking views, romantic atmosphere and good connections to other sites on the Amalfi Coast.  

Sorrento offers a slower pace of life than the other cities mentioned and is a great destination for couples to unwind. Swim in the warm Tyrrhenian sea before strolling hand-in-hand to one of the buzzing bars, restaurants and cafes along its coastline.

When it comes to accommodation in Sorrento, we recommend staying in Sorrento Square Suites.

For a more budget-friendly option, we recommend Sorrento Colors&Suites

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#5. Siena


Couples looking for a slower pace to their travels should also consider a trip to Siena, in the Tuscany region.

The region is one of the most picturesque in Italy and here you can spend your days sampling local vino as it is also one of the country’s main wine regions. 

Make sure to visit the impressive Duomo cathedral, wander around Il Campo square and enjoy a cappuccino in one of the many cafes dotted along Siena’s streets. 

If you’re considering spending the night in Siena as a couple, we recommend staying at Il Battistero Siena Residenza d’Epoca.

For a more budget-friendly option, we recommend Il Giardino di Pantaneto Residenza D’Epoca.

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#6. Florence


Speaking of Duomo, Florence is another destination in Italy that is fantastic to visit as a couple. 

Visit the beautiful Duomo cathedral and hike to the top of the Cupola for views of the city, before walking over the world-famous Ponte Vecchio bridge that is lined with shops selling gold. 

Make sure you make a stop at Gelateria de Medici, which serves some of the best gelatos we’ve ever had in Italy. The pistachio is incredible.

For accommodation in Florence, we recommend staying at Hotel Duomo Firenze (simply for the views!).

For a more budget-friendly option, we recommend Alfrieri9

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#7. Sicily


Couples wanting to escape Italy’s beautiful beaches should consider visiting Sicily.

Cefalu is one of the island’s prettiest beaches, although it does get very busy during the summer months. If you want to escape the crowds, Marettimo Island is largely untouched by tourists and offers a quiet afternoon for couples.

The island is also recognised for its food including globally loved dishes of deep-fried Arancini and sweet, delicious Cannoli.  

For those considering a trip to Sicily to enjoy its food and beaches, we recommend renting ‘La Piazza è Mia’ in Cefalu.

For a more budget-friendly option, we recommend Cassero261 B&B in Palermo.

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#8. Bologna


And if any couples really want to explore Italy’s culinary prowess, we recommend visiting Bologna – the city considered the country’s gastronomic capital.

It’s where spaghetti bolognese was born, as well as Bologna sausage, parma ham and Balsamico Modena.

There is even a food theme park, FICO Eataly World, which has over 100,000 sq metres filled with food from all around the country.

For any couples looking for somewhere to lay their heads after a day of eating in Bologna, we recommend staying at Gregorini Bingham Art Luxury Suites.

For a more budget-friendly option, we recommend The Social Hub Bologna.

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#9. Naples


Sticking to the food theme still, Naples is a great place to travel to as a couple because… it’s the home of the pizza. And what is more Italian than that?!

The classic Margherita pizza was created in Naples back in 1889 and is still as popular today.

If you’re looking to try a slice of the best pizza in Naples, head to Gino e Toto Sorbillo. The 20,800 Google reviews aren’t wrong.

The city also offers an insight into authentic Italy, away from the main touristy towns.

If you’re visiting Naples as a couple, we recommend staying at Relais Della Porta.

For a more budget-friendly option, we recommend Napoli Squares Suites.

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#10. Pisa


Finally, going on holiday is all about making memories and we, along with many other people, like to capture them on camera to look back on in the future.

With this in mind, there is really nothing more iconic than that pose holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

But more than a photo stop, Pisa is a lovely city for couples with its Arno promenade offering a romantic stroll and many cafes and gelaterias to tempt you in. 

For accommodation in Pisa, we recommend staying at Il Giardino Dei Semplici.

For a more budget-friendly option, we recommend Villa Noemi Bed&Breakfast.

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Make sure you check out the rest of our couple’s travel blog for more tips, and recommendations.


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