It is no wonder why Rome is one of the most romantic cities in the world, as it is brimming with old-world charm. Stroll along the streets hand in hand with a loved one and take in all the beautiful architecture before slipping into a gelateria for some incredible gelato. The Borghese Gardens, with its lush, verdant landscapes, is a wonderful place to relax with your special someone; after relaxing, visit the Borghese Gallery to witness some incredible art from the likes of Bernini, Raphael, and Caravaggio, to name a few. At the end of the day, find a restaurant such as The Library, an intimate space perfect for a romantic rendezvous.
Paris is a lovely city to explore on your own; however, it is even better when you have your significant other by your side, especially since the city exudes romance. The neighborhood of Montmartre, with its cobblestone streets, is a charming place to explore and witness breathtaking views of the City of Light below. Of course, there is the Eiffel Tower, which is even lovelier at night when it absolutely sparkles — no wonder it is a popular place to propose. Cozy, intimate restaurants also abound, with everything for the making a perfect night — try reserving one of the private rooms at Lapérouse for a truly memorable and romantic evening.
Vilnius, Lithuania is a lovely place for a quick romantic getaway. Its old town (historic center) is a UNESCO-listed beauty brimming with cobblestone alleyways, perfect for taking leisurely strolls while marveling at the beautiful Baroque architecture. A visit to Verkiai Palace, a historical landmark originally built in the 14th century and later reconstructed in the 18th century, is another romantic highlight in Vilnius as it offers picturesque landscapes, including lakes and gardens, to explore. For the lovers who also love art, Užupis, a bohemian, artsy area often compared to Paris’ Montmartre, is a must-visit.
Venice is another Italian city perfect for lovers. This captivating, coastal beauty features numerous narrow lanes ready for exploration and getting lost, along with charming bridges to take in the surrounding beauty. One of the most romantic things to do when in Venice is, of course, getting close to your lover while taking a gondola ride down one of the picturesque canals. Later in the early evening, couples should find a spot from where to watch the sun set, which often paints the sky in various shades of pink. In the evening, tuck into a cozy restaurant for a candlelit dinner.
A tranquil destination brimming with amazing loveliness at every turn, Kyoto is one of the most romantic destinations to explore with that special someone. Gardens are often some of the most beautiful areas to experience, and Kyoto has some breathtaking verdant spaces, including the Kyoto Botanical Gardens. Featuring cherry blossom trees (perfect viewing time is in the spring), flowers, opens spaces (perhaps for a relaxing picnic), plus a greenhouse, it is sure to create lasting memories. Adding to the romance factor are incredible temples and relaxing public baths.
Exuding passion, Buenos Aires is a beautiful, multicultural city that is the birthplace of the tango, and dancing is one of the most romantic things a couple can do. Visit La Boca, a colorful area within the city, where this sensual dance was created and take a tango class or two. But make no mistake about it; Buenos Aires is so much more than the tango. Meander through the streets to marvel at the beautiful architecture, find a park bench and enjoy the company of your loved one, and later in the evening, find a lively bar and dance the night away.
Marrakech may not be the first place couples may think of when scouting out a romantic destination for their next getaway, but it should be as this Moroccan city has many lovely adventures that will enchant anyone. From exploring the markets to watching snake charmers to taking refuge in charming boutique hotels known as riads, Marrakech is wonderful for lovers to explore together. The landscape is also breathtaking with palm trees, views of the majestic Atlas Mountains plus the incredible Sahara Desert.
Steeped in history, Istanbul will entice couples with its unique location — it straddles two continents — and its incredible past. From the Hagia Sophia, once a Christian basilica and then a mosque, to the Topkapi Palace museum, an opulent former home of the Ottoman Sultans, to the Basilica Cistern, an underground waterway, Istanbul has many locales perfect for exploring with someone. There are also many places great for a romantic stroll, including the Bosphorus Strait, which separates Europe and Asia, and the lively Beyogul district. Istanbul is also known for its incredible sunsets, so find a great spot and watch the sky change colors.
Walking into Bruges is like stepping into a real-life fairytale. It is impossible to not think of romance when visiting this magical village whose medieval historical center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cobblestone streets are lined with picturesque buildings housing boutiques, chocolate shops, and eateries offering exquisite fare. Stroll along the canals and look for the beautiful swans, or better yet, take a horse-drawn carriage where you and your significant other will enjoy a charming tour through the narrow streets and beautiful squares. For an incredible views of the village, climb 366 steps up the Belfry— it’s definitely worth it.
With a distinct European charm, Québec City is one of the most romantic destinations in North America. Brimming with old world charisma, this 18th century city — the Historic District of Old Québec — is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Like so many other spots on this list, this beauty also features cobblestone streets, ideal for an amorous stroll, lined with incredible architecture housing boutiques, galleries, and more. Lovely carriage rides are available, and during winter, couples should bundle up and go ice-skating at Place D’Youville. This charmer is also home to many delicious restaurants perfect for a romantic feast.