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- Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Whether it's for Valentine’s Day or a surprise treat for a loved one, one gift that most people will be guaranteed to enjoy is being whisked away on a romantic holiday. And looking at these sweet destinations has got us dropping hints all over the place...
We know, how cliché! But there’s a reason that loved-up couples flock to the French capital city every year, especially around Valentine’s Day for their romantic getaways. Frankly, when it comes to Valentine’s Day experiences, Paris has always been a top choice as it is such a beautiful and romantic city.
There's a such a sumptuous menu of things to do, you'll never want to leave. You can climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, walk hand-in-hand along the River Seine or stop off in one of the city's many cafés for a long, lazy coffee and croissant.
Are you guilty of gratuitous PDAs? Paris is your place. After all, who could help but swoon, surrounded by such beauty. Best of all, Paris is perfect to visit at any time of year so don’t think it's just for Valentine's Day - it's an ideal location for any romantic break.
Does the thought of a beautiful city full of cobblestone streets, canals and stunning architecture make you feel all romantic? Well then, get to Bruges in Belgium. Bruges is the perfect addition to our list of ideal romantic city breaks as not only do the many canals make for the perfect setting for romantic walks but you're also just a short train ride away from Antwerp.
And why Antwerp, I hear you ask?! Well, Antwerp is home to some amazing diamonds and jewellers specialising in making diamond rings! Perfect, if you want to make your Valentine’s Day even more romantic. Ahem...
With its cobbled streets and ancient architecture, the beautiful Italian city of Florence is a great choice when it comes to Valentine’s Day trip ideas. As soon as you step out onto the streets of Florence you can soak up the atmosphere and romantic charm that the city possesses. With beautiful bridges and ancient cathedrals, along with some amazing Italian food and wine, you will find that Florence is a great inclusion to our list of cities for romantic breaks.
Want to do something particularly romantic while you're there? Why not visit the local markets and then have a picnic at the Parco delle Cascine (on a Tuesday or Sunday)? If that's not outdoorsy enough, you can rent bikes and go cycling through the stunning Tuscan countryside, past medieval ruins, vineyards, olive groves and everything else that makes the region so breathtaking. Just remember that there's only so many bottles you can carry on a bike!
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague has long been a firm favourite with all types of tourists and travellers for many different reasons, but if a romantic setting is what you are looking for, then you won’t miss out if you choose Prague. This Bohemian city is steeped in history and this is particularly apparent when you set eyes on the architecture and monuments lining the streets. This setting becomes particularly romantic as dusk settles on the city and these monuments and buildings are brightly lit up against the night sky.
Prague is packed full of things to do with added romance, whether you're visiting the castle and gazing out across the red roofs of the Old Town, or taking in another distinctly Czech sight: the paintings in the Mucha Museum, lovingly collected by his widow. For truly symbolic romance, head for Kampa Island under the Charles Bridge, write your names on a golden padlock and lock it on a small bridge there beside where other lovers have done the same.
As one of the USA’s most historic cities, Boston oozes charm and romance. One of the best things about Boston is that it is a fun, modern city but it blends this in effortlessly with the traditional and historic.
This city is a great pick for couples looking to take a romantic city break as the city is packed full of great attractions, it is easy and pleasant to walk around and there are some of the finest restaurants and bars to be found around the city. Check out Boston Common for a romantic Valentine’s Day walk or take in the full extent of Boston’s history by walking the popular Freedom Trail route together. Another nice area to stroll around in the North End, where you'll find tons of cosy cafes and enticing Italian food...and speaking of food, if you love to cook together, book yourselves into the Full Moon Lovers' Swoon class at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, which features aphrodisiac dishes to put you in the romantic mood.
Italy has always been associated with romance and love for many travellers. There’s something about the breathtaking scenic views and historic city streets that causes most visitors to Italy to fall in love with it immediately. Rome has always been a popular choice for couples, and it really is an ideal romantic destination for all of you looking for Valentines ideas. With cobblestoned streets, picturesque city squares and iconic attractions like the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain all on your doorstep, it would be impossible not to feel the romantic atmosphere in Rome.
This is truly a city of sensual delights, from the taste of locally made chocolates melting on your tongue to the distinct sounds of a horse-drawn carriage ride from the Spanish Steps. And it's not all about the comsopolitan sights either - a romantic stroll through Villa Borghese is a delightful way to while away an afternoon. While you're in Rome, don't forget to visit the ruins of the Temple of Roma and Amor in the Roman Forum; one side was built in honour of Venus, goddess of Love, while the other side honoured Rome...clever and romantic!
By: Tracy Lynch and Heather Thompson
Boston photo courtesy of Official U.S. Navy Imagery. All images used under the Creative Commons license.