10 Most Romantic Places to ‘Pop the Question’ in Italy
First impress your lover by taking them up the Aventine Hill and along Via di Santa Sabina. At the end you will find Rome’s “secret keyhole” – look through the Knights of Malta’s garden and see St Peter’s Basilica perfectly framed. The door remains firmly locked, so head to the nearby Orange Garden, looking over Rome, to propose.
PORTO VENERE, GULF OF POETS, LIGURIA
What better place to propose than surrounded by the landscapes that are said to have inspired writers such as Byron and Shelley?While any stretch of this beautiful north-west coastline will do, head to rocks around the seaside town of Porto Venere.
DOGE’S PALACE, VENICE
Floating along Venice’s canals on a gondola may appear the height of romance, but in reality could cost many a euro. Instead, head to Doge’s Palace, where internationally-renowned heartthrob Giacomo Casanova was locked up and from where he made a brave escape.
“It is a dream place that isn’t quite real,” John Steinbeck, the celebrated American author, said of Positano in the 1950s. The town has fought off stiff competition to be widely described as the most romantic spot on the Amalfi Coast.
What better way to get the fires burning than proposing in the shadow of a volcano? The town of Taormina sits on the Sicilian coast next to Mount Etna, the island’s famous volcano which continues to erupt with dangerous regularity. For added dramatic flair, head to the town’s Ancient Theatre to pop the question.
“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” If ever there was a perfect proposal spot, its Juliet’s balcony, the site of the greatest love story ever told.
Jutting out onto the water where the two sides of Lake Como meet, Bellagio boasts the most picture-perfect location in the Italian lakes. Propose on the promenade and complete your romantic getaway with a boat ride around the lake.
Lovers watch the sunset from Florence’s famed viewpoint, Piazzale Michelangelo, in the Tuscan city’s most romantic spot. Down a few stone steps is the Rose Garden’s floral display.
Capri, the Island of Dreams, will present ample romantic moments, but none quite so memorable as a trip to Capri’s Blue Grotto. Take a boat ride into the cave and propose above the glowing blue waters.
As if the Cinque Terre, with its winding paths linking coastal villages in Liguria, wasn’t beautiful enough, it also has a “Love Walk.” Say no more. Put on your hiking boots and pop the question as the waves crash below you.