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Romantic Cities

Romantic Cities

For a memorable romantic tryst, inflame your passions in some of the world’s most romantic cities.

1) Venice, Italy

Floating upon a peaceful lagoon, Venice has enchanted lovers for centuries. Its vivid pastel shades of sienna, ancient gold and ruby peach reflect off its shimmering waterways to create a restless magic. Filled with architectural wonders, palaces and art, fine shopping and excellent dining, it's hard not to be overwhelmed by the beauty and uniqueness of this 1500-year-old city. Read more....

2) Paris, France

Few cities can match the magical atmosphere of Paris: its ability to awe, charm and enchant lovers is endless. For centuries, 'The City of Light' has claimed the hearts of lovers with its bountiful cosy, intimate and romantically renowned locations. Cuddle up over a glass of beaujolais in an aromatic bistro or enjoy a cafe au lait in a tiny street-side cafe on the left-bank. Stroll hand-in-hand along grand tree-lined avenues or on the cobblestone riverside quay beside the Seine. Along the way, enjoy a passionate moment on the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, and admire the stunningly beautiful cathedral of Notre Dame. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower to watch the sun set over the city, then head to a gourmet restaurant for a romantic candlelit dinner, then later swing with the beat in one of Paris' famous jazz clubs (try Le Caveau de la Huchette). Don't forget to window shop along the ritzy Champs Elysees, view the classic masterpieces at the Louvre, cruise the Seine and spend a romantic evening people-watching and drinking French champagne in Montmartre's Place du Terte. Read more....

3) Rome, Italy

Discover la dolce vita in one of the world's most perfect cities for lovers: wander hand-in-hand through centuries-old piazzas past stunning monuments; explore narrow, medieval cobblestone streets around Trastevere; and stop for lunch in an authentic trattoria. Stroll through the ruins of the Roman Forum and the nearby Colosseum. Wander across St Peter's Square into St Peter's Basilica and marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Smooch in the lush gardens of the 17th century Villa Borghese and admire Renaissance art treasures inside the Borghese Gallery. Climb the Spanish Steps in the Piazza di Spagna, take a horse-drawn cab ride through the neighbourhood or share a tub of zabaione (a delicate custard), laced with 20-year-old Marsala at the famous Il Gelato di San Crispino. Enjoy a cuddle among the pine trees in the beautiful Pincio Gardens or relax in each other's arms as you take in the unforgettable view over Rome from Piazzale Napoleone, then stroll down hill for a cocktail at Café Rosati in pretty Piazza del Popolo. Sip a blood-orange Spremuta d'Arancia or a campari at a table for two, then enjoy a candle-lit dinner in the Piazza Navona. Have a nightcap with Rome's beautiful people at nearby Antico Caffe della Pace or salsa the night away at Caruso Café de Oriente. Read more....

4) Florence, Italy

Soak up the romantic ambience of marbled domes and sacred art in the birthplace of the Renaissance. Home to many of world's most famous paintings and statues, the medieval city of Florence (or Firenze), is celebrated as the most beautiful city in Italy and is a must-visit destination for romantics. Stroll hand-in-hand beneath tiny balconies poking out above narrow cobbled streets into picturesque squares, admire the treasure-crammed glory of Florentine churches and explore beautiful palaces and gardens. Smooch beside the Neptune Fountain in the romantic sculpture gardens at the Palazzo Vecchio, wander down the Vittolone, an avenue of cypress trees in the sprawling, statue-filled Boboli Gardens near Palazzo Pitti. Discover the world renowned Uffizi Gallery and Renaissance masterpieces in all their original glory: Michelangelo's statues of Bacchus and David, Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus' and Titian's 'The Venus of Urbino,' to name only a few. Savour a rich, creamy gelato at Bar Vivoli Gelateria or sip a cappuccino on Piazza della Signoria and do a spot of people watching. Haggle for leather goods at the Mercato di San Lorenzo, browse the shop-lined Ponte Vecchio bridge and take a day trip into the timeless beauty of Tuscany's rolling countryside to explore renellated palazzos and ancient piazzas. Read more....

5) New York City, USA

Welcome to the most romantic city in the United States. The city that never sleeps dazzles at every turn with countless places to enjoy a romantic moment: take a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy a picnic for two in Central Park, stroll along the side streets of SoHo and celebrate life with an indulgent lunch in upscale TriBeCa or relax on the green lawn of Bryant Park amid the skyscrapers of Midtown. Take in a high-voltage Broadway musical, go shopping along Fifth and Madison avenues, discover priceless art collections at MoMa and dine in cute ethnic restaurants where you can order just about anything. For stunning city views climb to the top of the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center. And for a free cruise, hop onto the Staten Island Ferry for a harbour trip past the iconic Statute of Liberty. Read more....

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