The Most Romantic Spots to Propose in Florence, Italy

View from Westin Excelsior in Florence, John Sanfillippo, Flikr
View from Westin Excelsior in Florence, John Sanfillippo, Flikr
Nikki Crowell

If you’re thinking of proposing in Florence, congratulations, you’re already on a great path. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, or you have special memories in the Renaissance city, it’s a great backdrop for the perfect romantic proposal. It’s small and intimate with a warm welcoming energy and plenty of love to go round. Italians are known for their emotional warmth, so if you’re feeling the love, why not join in and show your lover some extra affection to precede the big moment. Here are some of Florence’s most romantic backdrops for the perfect proposal.

Under the arches of Ponte Vecchio

Have you ever watched the sunset from Ponte Vecchio? It’s amazing. Be sure to grab a spot on the bridge early since it can get crowded. You’ll definitely get the crowd’s applause when they say yes in front of everyone, and there will be great photos to catch the moment. If you’re looking for something less crowded (and less pressure), keep reading.

Sunset from Ponte Vecchio, Anthony Crider, Flikr

Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence Italy

Romantic view of the Tuscan hillside

Quiet, fresh air, breathtaking views of the rolling Tuscan hills and the sprawling city of Florence; what a romantic and intimate location. The small hill town of Fiesole sits above Florence and is easily reached by bus or taxi. Once you arrive in the square, there’s a short hike out of the town, but once you’ve reached the top of the hillside, you will be able to see all of Florence and the surrounding countryside. If you’re thinking of proposing in Fiesole, be sure to choose a clear day so you can get the best view possible. Although you need to walk for a few minutes up a steep cobblestone road, it is worth it. Coincidentally, the church and hotel at the very top of the hill are a popular wedding destination and host dozens of Tuscan weddings per year, so why not make it full circle and get married where you got engaged.

Fiesole View, Franz Venhaus, Flikr

Forte Belvedere

Overlooking the city from a different perspective and with a quiet atmosphere, this is a great spot for popping the question. Many tourists don’t usually make it up to the fort, so you know you’ll be able to have some good alone time and make it extra romantic, especially if your partner likes history, as the fort is a historical monument in Florence. The grounds of Forte Belvedere are also a popular spot for large outdoor art exhibits, which are always changing, so this could be perfect for the art and sculpture lovers. The hike isn’t for the faint of heart, so be sure to wear your trainers. If your love isn’t the athletic type, maybe this isn’t the best choice of location (unless you take a taxi).

Forte Belvedere, Christian, Flikr

Boboli Gardens

One of the biggest green spaces in the city, Boboli Gardens is full of secret spots, romantic corners and plenty of beauty. Although it is a tourist attraction, it’s easy to find a secluded area that your sweetheart will always remember. You could definitely snap some uninterrupted photos here as well. This location also requires lots of walking, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your day and proposal.

Green Arch in Boboli Garden, Tammy Lo, Flikr

Rose Garden

Just under Piazzale Michelangelo, there’s a small rose garden that is full of beauty and also has a decent view. Who could say no when surrounded by roses in one of the most beautiful cities in Italy? Plan your proposal during daytime hours as the garden closes around sundown (at 6 or 7pm depending on the time of year). Rock benches, old fountains, ivy, and rose bushes of all colours will make a great setting for the once in a lifetime moment.

Rose Garden, Ilaria, Flikr

Rooftop Terrace at The Westin Excelsior Hotel

For a more luxurious proposal with all the trimmings, a hotel terrace might be a good choice for your soon-to-be betrothed. This gorgeous rooftop terrace has a spectacular view, right on the river, where you’ll be able to have a drink, enjoy the view and stay until sunset. Be sure to call the hotel ahead of time to make sure the rooftop is open, and tell them of your plans, as they may be able to offer some assistance. The rooftop is open for lunch, dinner, and drinks from 12:30pm to midnight. Be sure to call ahead to make a reservation.

View from Westin Excelsior in Florence, John Sanfillippo, Flikr

Rooftop Terrace at Grand Hotel Cavour

Another hotel rooftop in the centre with a great view is Grand Hotel Cavour. The rooftop has an amazing view of the Duomo and the rest of the monuments in the city since it is right in the middle of it all. Propose here for a very memorable experience, but do make a reservation ahead of time. The rooftop is open from 6pm-10pm for drinks. The lit up city at night makes for such a romantic setting and the pictures will be great.

Remember, Florence is a walkable city, but you don’t want your date exhausted (or wearing the wrong shoes) by the time you reach the proposal site after a long day. Keep the weather in mind, too, as Florence can get humid in the summer or rainy in the spring and autumn. This is a once in a lifetime moment, and one of the biggest decisions of your life, so do your research beforehand, study how to get around, review some photographers, make some special reservations if necessary, and of course, don’t forget the ring!

landscape with balloons floating in the air


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