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That's Amore: 6 Sexy Serenade Spots in Italy

12th February 2016

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From Venice to Verona, Italy is a perfect location to indulge your romantic dreaming. Here are some suggestions for your dolce vita...  

A Famous Canal Gondola Ride in Venice

It may seem like a romantic cliché - but it’s a must-do and one of the top attractions in Venice for good reason.

If you are in Venice, you simply must be serenaded on a Gondola Ride. So, sit back, drink some Prosecco and enjoy the music whilst floating along narrow canals with beautiful Baroque buildings as your amorous backdrop. *heart eyes emoji*


An Opera in Milan


When one thinks of Italy, opera often comes to mind. What better place to be serenaded than the historic 17th century opera house Teatro alla Scalla? Be dazzled by its luxurious red velvety seats and sparkly crystal chandeliers before getting enamoured with the dramatic libretto, melodic orchestral sounds, and robust baritone and graceful tenor voices of the iconic Italian Opera.


The Streets (and Bridges) of Florence


Florence is breathtaking. With the scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral as your backdrop, it’s hard not to fall in love at first sight with the Tuscan capital. This is definitely the city you’ll want to take lots of leisurely strolls in, especially along the River Arno. We recommend walking along the river at sunset towards the medieval Ponte Vecchio Bridge - by the time you get there you’ll be swooning over the golden scenery, little shops and serenading musicians you’ll pass along your way.


The Picturesque Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence


Fall in love with the magnificent panoramic views of this gorgeous city whilst being serenaded with the sweet music of street performers. The view from this location includes the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, the Bargello, the bell tower of Badia Fiorentina, and quite frequently, some amazing background music. This is absolutely the best place to watch the sun set over Florence. There is also a bronze Statue of David (not the original) admiring the scene from the middle of the plaza. What’s not to fall in love with?


The Spanish Steps in Rome


Like a scene straight out of a movie, get serenaded by the many street performers as you walk up the famous Spanish Steps (or “Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti”) that lead you from Piazza di Spagna to the Piazza Trinità dei Monti at the top.

For an extra dose of romance, don’t forget to pay homage to the cream coloured building to your right as you climb. That was where romantic poet John Keats lived and is now the Keats-Shelley Memorial House. Romance is definitely in the air here.


A romantic re-enactment in Sirmione


“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,” along the pretty shores of Lake Garda – what better place to experience the power of true love than Juliet’s balcony? The Italian lake town of Sirmione, complete with vine-covered villas, Roman ruins and a castle, really sets the scene for romance. Dust off your copy of Romeo and Juliet and re-enact the balcony scene from Shakespeare’s tragic love story.


Feeling that warm and fuzzy feeling and need to book a romantic trip to Italy right now? Contiki has you covered with two loved-up trips not to be missed!

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