Italy is romantic at the best of times, but there are some particular locations that are best enjoyed with the one you love. Have a gelato in Rome as you sit on the Spanish Steps, or take a gondola ride in Venice. Alternatively, head to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, with its pretty villages and lemon trees.
Paris is the City of Love, and a top destination for couples of all ages, shapes and sizes. Monmatre is one of the most romantic districts, with its cobbled streets and artists. Take a stroll along the banks of the Seini with your loved one. The classic way to impress is to dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant. However, the traditional cafes, like the one in Amelie, are much cosier. Give the red-light district of Pigalle a miss…
Budapest is a spectacular city. In Buda, check out the view from Fisherman’s Bastion, and walk up Gellert Hill to the Liberty Monument to look over the Danube. The Szechenyi Baths are the best place to go for a soak, although you’ll have to know each other very well to share one of the tiny cubicles! In summer, there’s an amazing fountain choreographed to classical music at Margrit Island.
Prague is also excellent for romance. Wander the old town, stopping for a glass of wine at a café in one of the medieval squares. Enjoy a twilight cruise down the river, and enjoy a dinner in one of the traditional and cosy restaurants.
Don’t try to combine a romantic break with manic sightseeing! It’s probably safer to underestimate what you’re going to want to see. Particularly in busier destinations, queuing is not sexy. Anyway, the best times you’re likely to have will be meandering around the streets at your own pace, or chilling out together in parks or cafes.