Bring your star-crossed lover to Italy and discover these devastatingly romantic things to do in Florence – one of Europe’s most popular cities for couples.
Florence, one of the most charming cities in Europe and a romantic Italian hotspot, is the perfect destination to sweep your partner off their feet. Walking on the cobbled streets around the city is a pleasure in itself. Let this beautiful city surprise you with its hidden jewels around every corner. Whether it’s a dreamy Florentine restaurant, an intimate drinking den, or a picturesque sunset viewpoint, you’ll be taken back by the romanticism in this beautiful city.
Read on to discover why Florence and romance go hand-in-hand.
1. WATCH THE SUNSET AT PONTE VECCHIO
One of the most romantic settings to watch the sunset is at Ponte Vecchio. The ruddy purple sky, facing Ponte Santa Trìnita, complements the scene of tourists and locals cherishing the grand spectacle while battling for the best spot for a selfie. Regardless, the view is magical, ideal for a kiss while enjoying the live music in the background.
If you’re looking to go the extra mile, there are many jewelers along the Ponte Vecchio if you’d like to surprise your other half with a gift. Presenting it on the bridge at sunset could mark a special occasion at this famous landmark that you’ll remember for years to come.
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2. STROLL AROUND PARCO DELLE CASCINE
You’ll find plenty of couples holding hands while walking along the river Arno at the Cascine Park, away from the touristic hustle of the city. Alternatively, this enormous park presents an excellent opportunity to walk or run together if you are the sporty type. You can also play tennis, volleyball and basketball, as well as swim in the public swimming pool to cool off from the sun.
On Tuesdays, take a walk around the Cascine market. In the morning you can look around the stalls which sell clothes, fruits, vegetables and all sorts of food. Consider purchasing some snacks and heading for a romantic picnic after your stroll.
3. VISTAS FROM PIAZZALE DE MICHELANGELO
This is a must when you visit Florence, but if you can share this moment with your partner, the panoramic views seem even better. Looking from above at all the brick-colored rooftops and the yellow and terracotta buildings, enlivened by the impressive Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and its Brunelleschi’s Dome, is simply breathtaking. You can choose to go up either in the morning, the evening to watch the sunset, or at night when the romantic deemed lights of Florence shine brightest.
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4. HAVE A GLASS OF WINE AT GIARDINO DELLE ROSE
Immersed among rose trees, and near Piazzale de Michaelangelo, the Giardino delle Rose can make a perfect setting for a picnic, a glass of wine, a good conversation, and a nice nap under the sun. Just relax in this peaceful park and enjoy the views of the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio accompanied by a good glass of Italian wine.
5. TAKE A DAYTRIP TO LUCCA
Lucca, a small town about an hour from Florence is a must if you’re looking to venture out of the city. If you can spend the night, this charming city is sure to surprise you. There are lots of churches to see, excellent restaurants to eat, and secret corners that can be discovered either by walking or biking around. Explore via the 4km long walls of the city, and sit there to appreciate the panoramic views. You can also practice sports together; biking or running along the walls, joining a class of Tai Chi, or just creating your own routine in one of the many parks around the rampart.
6. DRIVE AROUND THE TUSCAN LANDSCAPES AND MEDIEVAL TOWNS
Driving around the green, mountainous scenery of Tuscany, surrounded by cypress trees and vineyards is a pleasure. Rent a car and enjoy a day out of Florence, visiting the small medieval towns in the area. You can go to San Gimignano, a beautiful medieval town famous for its towers. There, you can enjoy the views of the green meadows, and get lost in its steep cobbled streets.
If you have more time and want to explore further afield, about two hours from Florence, stopover Montalcino and Montepulciano, and indulge yourself with a few glasses of the most famous wines in Italy accompanied by the views of Val d’Orcia as a perfect backdrop. Montepulciano is a great place to watch a surreal Tuscan sunset.