Italy is the country of beauty, music, food, and of course, love!  When it comes to love declarations, the Italian language is simply full of such expressions. One can describe one’s love through various words and phrases, such as: ti amo, ti voglio bene, ti penso sempre, caro mia, mio amore …

Whether you are incurable romantic or passionate traveler , here are 5 ideas for a romantic weekend in Italy:

1. Being overwhelmed by the passion in an old lighthouse

The ancient guardians of the sea are the quintessential romantic places. You feel surrounded by a wild and unbridled. You can feel the beat of the sea, listen to the waves and breathe in the salt. That’s why “Being overwhelmed by the passion in a lighthouse” is the ultimate dream of women in the UK (as it says a recent survey ) . Italy is rich of ancient watchtowers on the sea and amazing lighthouses, some of which have been transformed into fascinating museums , hotels or restaurants …

To discover some of Italy’s most beautiful lighthouses

"mangiabarche" Lighthouse, Sardinia, Italy ph. by Stefano Piddu
“mangiabarche” Lighthouse, Sardinia, Italy ph. by Stefano Piddu


2. A fairy tale by candlelight, in an old castle

It is not hard to feel princes and princesses just seeing the shadow of the towers of a castle. You can look at the amazing landscape from the top through the small windows, cross the mighty drawbridges, imagining the noise of carriages and horses in the past. What better place for a romantic getaway?

Italy is rich of ancient and picturesque castles where you can sleep for a day, dine by candlelight, watch a show with jesters and traditional music, or simply discover its secret places together with your loved one.

Discover some italian castles transformed into charming “green” hotels

Compiano Castle, Emilia Romagna, Italy, ph. by Ciccio Pizzettaro, via flickr
Compiano Castle, Emilia Romagna, Italy, ph. by Ciccio Pizzettaro, via flickr


4. Getting lost and finding yourself in a green maze

Garden of Love” was the name of the italian labyrinth at the end of the seventeenth century.

Intricate geometries and green paths symbolized the search for self and the complications of love. At the center of the maze there was almost always a pavilion with a tree that symbolized life in the Garden of Eden.

Labyrinths are symbols of play, love, eroticism, irrationality, the lost and finding oneself … Which most suitable destination for a weekend of romance ?

Discover the most amazing mazes in Italy

The Stra maze, Venice, Veneto, Italy
The Stra maze, Venice, Veneto, Italy


4. Feeling shipwrecked in nature, in a real tree house

Get back to basics , face to face with the smell of resin and wood of trees , lulled by the sound of leaves blowing in the wind , or the chirping of birds , with whom you will share the nest for a few days .

Remove the feet from the ground and let your imagination go . Who has not dreamed of living the Robinson Crusoe, shipwrecked in nature? Or as the legendary Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino, traveling on the trees to see the land “from the right distance “?

If you’ve thought at least once , your ideal retreat for a weekend of romance and nature is a tree house! Your nest of wood and foliage will be warm and comfortable, and some B&B on the tree will offer also a great organic breakfast in a wicker basket hanging from a branch can be enjoyed inside your shelter.

Discover the amazing tree houses (and hotels) in Italy

Tree house, La Piantata organic farm, Viterbo, Italy
Tree house, La Piantata organic farm, Viterbo, Italy


5. Living a romantic adventure in an ice igloo

All around just the gigantic snow-capped Dolomites profiles , and a surreal silence . Snow and ice are everywhere, and can be transformed for a night in your cozy refuge.

A romantic igloos for two, white and enveloping … not at the Polo but on Italian Alps ! It can be a romantic and unforgettable experience for those who does not lack spirit of adventure and love to immerse themselves in the wilderness of the mountains.

And you, have you ever slept in a real igloo?

Igloo Village, Dolomiti, Italy
Igloo Village, Dolomiti, Italy


Cover photo: Juliet’s Balcony, Verona, Italy, ph. by Spencer Wright, via flickr

Author: Silvia Ombellini

I am an architect with a passion for travel. I think it is urgent to be able to live in harmony with the ecosystem we are part of. After the birth of my second baby, Leo, I began to work at Ecobnb, an adventure undertaken to change the way we travel, to make it more sustainable, respectful of the environment, places and people.
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