The world is replete with wonderfully romantic destinations and luckily, some of these very cities can be visited with your other half as part of a spectacular cruise offer. There are so many options to choose from, you are actually rather spoiled for choice when looking for a romantic getaway. In this guide, we are going to highlight some of the most romantic cities that you can cruise to and let you know about some of the best things couples can see and do in each location.
Visit the beautiful Catedral Metropolitana
Buenos Aires is home to some spectacular historic buildings that must be seen to be believed. Architecture, when perfected, truly has the ability to move us with its grandeur and this is certainly the case with one specific building located within this marvellous city. Paul Johnson, editor of A Luxury Travel Blog, names visiting one feat of architectural magnificence in particular as a top romantic activity in Buenos Aires:
“Visit the Catedral Metropolitana where Pope Francis, the first Latin American Pope in history, worked when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires. The cathedral adopts many different architectural styles but has a stunningly beautiful Baroque interior and is home to the tomb of San Martin, Argentina's founding father, where a military guard stands watch. The grandeur of the building is such that a visit could just give you an enhanced spiritual connection to a loved one.”
Watch a tango show
The tango is one of the most passionate dances in the world so when visiting Buenos Aires in Argentina (the country of tango’s origin), taking in a performance is a must! Buenos Aires is a magical city and you can enjoy the perfect date night for you and your partner with a tango performance. Beyond the passionate performance of the dancers, you can dine on a delicious meal by candlelight before the dancing takes place. El Querandi would be a wonderful location to choose, including more than twenty dishes to choose from before the show.
Great music at Teatro Colón
Shakespeare once called music the food of love and he wasn’t far off the mark! Enjoy Buenos Aires to the full and head out for a romantic evening at Teatro Colón – considered one of the best concert venues in the world. Dress up in your finest and take in some stunning orchestral performances by some of the best musicians in the world. If you want to get a taste for what you and your loved one can enjoy at Teatro Colón, head on over to their website where their calendar of events can be viewed.
Take a gondola ride
Is there anything more romantic than a Gondola ride in Venice? When one thinks of romance, the image that often comes to mind is a peaceful ride through Venice canals; enjoying each other’s company and delightful music while gazing upon one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in the world. Lauren from the travel blog Justin + Lauren has spent time in Venice herself and knows how romantic a destination it can be. Speaking about the city’s virtues, Lauren explained why a gondola ride is so essential for lovebirds:
“Even though it might seem touristy, there's really nothing quite like a romantic gondola ride. You gain a whole new perspective of the city, drifting down the narrow canals. It's wonderful to share these special moments with the person you love. When we visited Venice, we embarked on a gondola ride at sunset and we had traditional live music, too. One man played the accordion and the other one sang. With the music, the colourful skies, and the gondola ride, it was the perfect package for romance!”
Get lost while discovering its treasures
Lauren also recommends that couples just go for it and explore Venice and not be afraid to get lost in the process: “I suggest that you wander all over Venice, including Burano and Murano, to admire the colourful buildings and walk across the canal bridges from place to place. Walk everywhere until you get lost, as you'll never truly get lost in Venice! You never know what you'll find as you take a stroll around Venice: a cute cafe, extremely narrow streets, picturesque views, or maybe an interesting shop. Walking hand in hand with your partner in Venice is the perfect way to spend the day.”
This is a piece of advice echoed by Amy & Nathan Hartle of the travel blog Two Drifters. Talking about the romance of Venice, the couple said: “While in Venice, all of the classic activities are super romantic: gondola ride, sipping wine at a canalside restaurant, etc. But perhaps the best thing of all for couples to do is simply wander around hand in hand getting lost on this magical island. Some places have such a mythology of romance surrounding them, and that is exactly what Venice has. Yet it's not just a myth or a fairy-tale; this is a place that is so unique and incredible that it will truly take your breath away.”
Dine with a canal view
Canals and Venice are almost synonymous with one another and some of the views overlooking the winding water pathways in the city are just exquisite. So, while visiting the city, making sure to dine at a restaurant with a picturesque canal view is an absolute must for a bit of romance. One such spot is Club del Doge, perfectly located on the Grand Canal and the ideal place for a romantic dinner. Enjoy a warm atmosphere, a sumptuous menu, and, of course, those delightful canal views.
Explore the Palace of Versailles
20km southwest of the centre of Paris, the Palace of Versailles is a truly spectacular building and was once the lavish royal residence of kings and queens (including Marie Antoinette). These days, visiting the Palace of Versailles is certainly one of the most romantic days out for couples in Paris. Speaking to us about why it is such a romantic destination, Genevieve from the lifestyle and travel blog The Style Sauce, said:
“Visiting the Palace of Versailles is a great thing for a couple to do when visiting Paris. It's about an hour train outside of Paris and makes for the perfect day trip. To me what makes it so romantic is obviously the setting, there are flowers everywhere in the gardens and fountains with classical music playing all day. You can also go out to the lake to do a little peddle boating for two which is perfect on a Spring day with a bottle of rosé! It's also great for photo ops - everywhere you go is some of the most impressive architecture and art you've ever seen.”
Picnic at the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens
On a beautiful day in Paris – known as being one of the most romantic cities in the world – why not consider finding a nice, relaxing spot and enjoy a delicious picnic for two! An ideal place that would provide the perfect setting is Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, a grand and opulent location that was once a favourite among royals before the Revolution. Head on over with your loved one, pick a spot, and enjoy a traditional Parisian afternoon activity among spectacular views and paradisiacal surroundings.
Visit the Wall of Love
Created back in 2000 by artists Fédéric Baron and Claire Kito, the Wall of Love is a favourite romantic location in Paris that attracts happy couples every day of the week. 40 square metres in length, the Wall of Love in the Jehan Rictus garden square in Montmartre is comprised of 612 tiles where the phrase “I love you” is written 311 times in 250 different languages. Seeing the wall is free of charge and acts as a wonderfully romantic destination for couples to visit during their time in Paris – perfect for taking photographs and creating happy memories.
Make a wish at the Trevi fountain
One of the most iconic locations in the entire world and the scene of many a love story, the beautiful Trevi Fountain was built in the 1700s and is the perfect spot to enjoy with your loved one while visiting the stunning city of Rome. Beyond simply enjoying the architecture and relaxing water, why not make a wish with your partner by tossing a coin into the water – a Roman tradition! The Trevi fountain is also close to a number of lovely cafes to enjoy a delicious bite to eat after making your wish.
Opera and ballet at Teatro dell'Opera
Rome has been famous for its opera scene for centuries so why not consider this traditional activity with your loved one during your upcoming break? Head to Rome’s most famous opera house, the Teatro dell’Opera, and enjoy the stunning music and moving love stories that often characterise the great operas performed. You can also consider ballet if you prefer, with this impressive location also putting on a number of majestic shows. The beauty of the building and artistry on display will undoubtedly make this a romantic evening to remember.
Share traditional gelato
Italian ice cream is world famous; known as gelato, it just simply must be enjoyed on any trip to the nation, especially to Rome. Walk hand in hand with your other half to one of many wonderful gelato shops to share this refreshing beverage with each other. Gelato can be found all over, so you won’t have to look far but the oldest in the city is called Giolitti and is conveniently located close to the historic Pantheon. Head over to their site for a taste of the delicious treats on offer!
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