When the stars make you drool, Joost-a like pasta fazool, That's amore… You see, Italy is famous for being one of the most romantic places in the world. It offers picturesque landscapes, amazing history and art, fantastic food, wonderful wine, and a slow paced way of life to help you simply relax and get lost in the beauty and passion of Italy’s culture. That’s Vita Bella!
This Valentine’s Day, come celebrate love and passion the Italian Way at Carmelo’s!
Here's our top 5+1 of the most romantic places in Italy. If you fly there, you cannot miss them!
Venezia (Venice). For sheer romance, there are few European cities that can live up to Venice. For an unforgettable time, take a boat trip around the outskirts of the city to appreciate the beautiful architecture from afar. Otherwise the best – and only – way to get around is on foot. Around every corner there's another bridge crossing the canal and another breathtaking view to take in.
Verona. Ever since Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, Verona has been the portrait of an Italian romantic city and arguably the most romantic city in the world. Here you can find Juliet’s house complete with her balcony and statue, as well as thousands of love letters tucked into the wall around Valentine’s Day.
2. Lake Como
The sparkling water, majestic villas and small lakeside towns nestled amongst mountains will surely whisk you away. Lake Como is a place where you can be content with just strolling for hours around the towns situated along the lakes, admiring the beautiful gardens and villas, visiting boutique shops, and eating amazing meals al fresco as you enjoy each other’s company.
3. Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is connected by one of the most scenic roads in Italy, located on the southwestern coast in the Campania Region. As you make your way along the coastal road, the shoreline glistens with cobalt blue waters and is accentuated with olive trees, wine vineyards and lemon groves. With each twist and turn, you will marvel at the dramatic coastline dotted with the glamorous seaside resorts of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, just to name a few. For true romance and decadence you should stay right in Ravello, a village that has one of the most breath-taking panoramic views in the world. Famous past-residents include Greta Garbo, D.H Lawrence and Richard Wagner.
4. The Cinque Terre (The Five Lands)
The ruggedly beautiful Cinque Terre has an 18-mile stretch of astonishingly serrated coastline. Here you will find five small fishing villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. These villages, kissing the water’s edge and built within the cliffs, are covered in vineyards overlooking the sea. Gorgeous!
Nestled between the manic hustle of Rome’s Eternal City and the quintessential romance of Tuscany, lies the lavish and docile region of Umbria. Umbria is considered to be the green heart of Italy. The American writer, Henry James, described Umbria as "the most beautiful garden in the entire world". Umbria’s ideal position, diverse landscape, lack of crowds and undiscovered corners make it one of the less untouched areas of Italy. A trip to Umbria can offer peacefulness in the countryside, gastronomic pleasures, along with incredible architecture and art within its medieval towns: Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi (Yes, San Francesco D'Assisi's Assisi!), Todi, Spoleto, Bevagna to name a few.
(+ 1) Taormina, Sicily
And how could we forget the gorgeous Taormina, Carmelo's hometown, with its pastel villas, tennis courts, antique shops, and cafés... where the windows are swung open to the sea, and the lace curtains, as Lawrence Durrell wrote, “breathe softly in and out, like the lungs of the universe itself.” And the air is so perfumed you want to follow it around...
When the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool
That's amore (that's amore)
When you dance down the street
With a cloud at your feet, you're in love
When you walk in a dream
But you know you're not dreaming, signore
'Scusami, but you see
Back in old Napoli, that's amore!
Happy Valentine’s Day from Carmelo, Hilary & Carmelo’s Team.
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