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The 10 most places Romantics of the World to celebrate Valentine's Day

La Valentine's Day it is as much appreciated as it is hated, but still celebrated by many couples all over the world. There are those who accuse it of being a mere commercial gimmick, while there are those who are offended if they do not receive at least one box of chocolates from their partner. The sweetest and most passionate dedicate to this party real couple trips, in fact, there are many cities universally recognized as the homeland of romanticism. Paris and Prague, Verona and Venice also passing through Rome and London: these are the most popular places to celebrate love, but there are cities all over the world, small villages and equally romantic towns and less obvious than these classic destinations.
Here is a list of 10 places where the most romantic couples can celebrate Valentine's Day worthily, savoring dreamlike atmospheres, discovering love stories that are sometimes tragic, witnessing poetic sunsets and sharing unforgettable experiences with their better half.



Index

  1. Gradara (PU), Marche, Italy
  2. Terni, Umbria, Italy
  3. San Francisco, USA
  4. Bruges, Belgium
  5. Bath, United Kingdom
  6. St. Petersburg, Russia
  7. Teruel, Spain
  8. Annecy, France
  9. Gmunden, Austria
  10. Coimbra, Portugal
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10 - Gradara (PU), Marche, Italy

  • average cost of a couple's weekend in half board: € 100
  • average cost of a romantic dinner: € 50
  • romantic places not to be missed: photographic exhibitions, guided itinerary on Paolo and Francesca, the historic center of the village

In this village located in the province of Pesaro Urbino every year, during the period of Valentine's Day, the "Gradara d'amare" event is organized: the streets of the historic center of the town are filled with love, photographic exhibitions and other activities are organized where the sweet feeling is always the protagonist. Why does the village devote so much space to the party of lovers? In addition to being a fascinating and well-preserved medieval village, where the fortress, the castle and the ancient fortifications stand out, Gradara is famous for being the theater of the tragic love story between Paolo and Francesca, the two lovers who have been placed by Dante in the circle of the lustful.



9 - Terni, Umbria, Italy

  • average cost of a couple's weekend in half board: € 75
  • average cost of a romantic dinner: € 80
  • romantic places not to be missed: "Cioccolentino" event in the streets of the center, Sanctuary and Basilica of San Valentino, lovers' tour on Lake Piediluco

What better place to spend the party of lovers than really the city that gave birth to San Valentino? The Bishop and Christian martyr has become symbol of romantic love for his desire to spread affection but also respect among all living beings. Pope Gelasius I therefore consecrated February 14 to the Saint, Christianizing an ancient Christian festival called Lupercalia. The "Cioccolentino" event usually takes place on the streets of the city center: many companies offer their own sweet products that are suitable for romantic gifts between lovers, in an atmosphere so sweet that you risk tooth decay!

8 - San Francisco, USA

  • average cost of a couple's weekend in half board: € 500
  • average cost of a romantic dinner: € 120
  • romantic places not to be missed: Golden Gate Bridge at sunset, cruise on the boats of the Red and White Fleet

San Francisco is California's fourth-largest city by population and is also considered one of the most romantic destinations in all of the United States. The journey is a bit long and expensive, but you will surely have an unforgettable Valentine's Day! A must visit is the Golden Gate Bridge, the symbol of the city, which offers at sunset a scenario to melt even the most frozen heart: the Golden Gate is in fact the strait that connects the Pacific Ocean with the San Francisco Bay. You can also opt for a romantic cruise aboard the boats of the Red and White Fleet, so you can spend the evening of Valentine's Day with a tasty aperitif, immersed in a dream setting.



7 - Bruges, Belgium

  • average cost of a couple's weekend in half board: € 200
  • average cost of a romantic dinner: € 35
  • romantic places not to be missed: Minnewaterpark, carriage city tour, Rozenhoedkaai

This UNESCO-listed city is often also called the "Venice of the North" because of the canals and impressive buildings dating back to the th century, which are still perfectly preserved. Lovers who intend to spend their dress here can rent a boat and carry out a romantic tour of the canals, ending up gorging on the best chocolate in the world.

6 - Bath, UK

  • average cost of a couple's weekend in half board: € 250
  • average cost of a romantic dinner: € 35
  • romantic places not to be missed: Castle Combe, Lacock, hot air balloon tours, Roman baths

You may never have heard of this UK town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, but be aware that it is considered one of the most romantic in the country. Because? Thanks to its breathtaking architecture but also thanks to the numerous luxury hotels and top-level spas: some spas date back to the time of ancient Rome. Couples can visit the city in a vintage car, as well as the surrounding countryside and villages. But the real draw is the hot air balloon tour starting from the Royal Victoria Park, near the eighteenth-century Royal Crescent: included in the ticket you will also have a glass of delicious champagne!


5 - St. Petersburg, Russia


  • average cost of a couple's weekend in half board: € 140
  • average cost of a romantic dinner: € 45
  • romantic places not to be missed: walk along Nevsky Prospekt, the old town with its canals, the Peter Paul Fortress on the island of Petrograd

The freezing cold of Russia in winter will foster closeness to your special someone, so what better place than St. Petersburg to spend Valentine's Day? This city is also known as the "Venice of the North" because of the canals of the historic center, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Accompany your other half along the streets of the center, especially along Nevsky Prospekt, a long shopping street which, during the lovers' day, is richly themed decorated and offers numerous possibilities to purchase a sweet gift.

4 - Teruel, Spain

  • average cost of a couple's weekend in half board: € 100
  • average cost of a romantic dinner: € 25
  • romantic places not to be missed: sunset from the Tower of San Salvador, Mausoleum of lovers

In this Spanish town, Valentine's Day is celebrated at the "Mausoleum of lovers" where there are statues of two lovers, Juan Diego Martínez de Marcilla and Isabel Segura. According to the legend, the two young people loved each other from an early age, but they were separated due to their belonging to two different social classes. Diego went in search of fortune, so that he could ask for the beautiful Isabel in marriage, but when he returned after 5 years he found her already married to another. Diego asked his beloved for a last kiss but she, out of respect for her husband, did not allow it. The young man died instantly with a broken heart and Isabel, realizing what she had done, also died beside his body. Tradition has it that couples walk the famous "Escalinata" which leads to the mausoleum to pay homage to the two unfortunate lovers. Unmissable is the romantic sunset to be seen on the top of the San Salvador Tower, another building to which it is linked a legend of tragic love, that of Omar and Abdalá, two friends who fell in love with the same lady, Zoraida, and for this they started a terrible feud. The young woman's father promised his daughter's hand to whoever had completed the construction of the tower first: Omar was the first to finish, but the tower was tilted. Out of desperation, the young man committed suicide by launching himself from the tower he had built. A few days later Abdalá finished building the tower and married Zoraida.

3 - Annecy, France

  • average cost of a couple's weekend in half board: € 170
  • average cost of a romantic dinner: € 50
  • romantic places not to be missed: the streets of the center, the castle, "Le Pasquier" or the promenade along the lake that crosses the "Pont des Amours" (The Bridge of Love)

Annecy is a town in the French Alps otherwise known as the "Rome of the Alps". In the historic center you will find charming buildings dating back to medieval times but also romantic channels. The Castle is located on top of a promontory and allows you to enjoy a beautiful view of the city, as well as the fantastic panorama with the Alps and the lake.

2 - Gmunden, Austria

  • average cost of a couple's weekend in half board: € 180
  • average cost of a romantic dinner: € 80
  • romantic places not to be missed: breakfast by the lake, boat tour of the lake

This small Austrian village enjoys an enviable position, it is indeed located nestled on high mountains and on the shores of Lake Traunsee. In the middle of the lake it also rises a characteristic medieval manor, the Seeschloss Ort Castle, dating back to the year 1080. Lovers can celebrate their sweet feeling immersed in in postcard views and pure air. Another small castle is located on the eastern shore of the Traunsee, here there are two restaurants where you can dine by candlelight enjoying a splendid view of the lake, the castle and the village.

1 - Coimbra, Portugal

  • average cost of a couple's weekend in half board: € 100
  • average cost of a romantic dinner: € 15
  • romantic places not to be missed: historic center, boat ride on the Mondego river

This Portuguese city is very charming and romantic at any time of the year, so it's perfect for Valentine's Day. This locality was also theater of a love tragedy, which took place in the thirteenth century. It is said that Inés de Castro and Pedro of Portugal loved each other a secret: he was the future heir to the throne, she "only" a servant. This class difference made love in broad daylight impossible, but they still married in great secrecy and had four children. Pedro's father, king of Portugal, never accepted the relationship and ordered Inés to be killed. When Pedro ascended the throne, he still crowned her as queen of Portugal, albeit dead. Some literary, theater and opera works have been inspired by this tragic story. Even a Portuguese saying that goes: "Agora is late; Inês is dead" ("It's late now, Inés is dead) is still used today to refer to something that no longer makes sense. Explore the city in the company of your sweet halfway and get lost in the alleys of the center, perhaps ending the visit with a romantic dinner at the Arcadas Da Capela restaurant which is housed in an eighteenth-century palace where Inés and Pedro used to meet.

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