Tenderness is in the air. From Rome, Italy to Charleston, South Carolina, you can find that warm, fuzzy sensation all over the world. Because we’re feeling the love, we thought it would be a good idea to pay tribute to some cities you might to want to spread the devotion in with your special someone. Pack your bags and seal it with a kiss. We’re giving you all the reasons to frolic hand in hand with your darling in these four romantic cities.
Nothing says amore quite like the architecture in Rome. If you’re looking to complement a romantic getaway with an affair with architecture, Rome is your haven. You want to begin your infatuation with the city by heading to Parco Savello, often referred to as The Garden of the Oranges. Here, you can watch the sun set while you admire the pristine construct of the Basilica of Santa Sabina. From gorgeous walkways to beautiful monuments, it’s easy to steal a kiss in front of this romantic backdrop. You can also bring some of your lust to Ponte Sant’Angelo, a pedestrian bridge that boasts views of Castel Sant’Angelo. Walking side by side on this bridge with your special someone is second to none in walks of romance. Another architectural destination is the Villa Borghese, built by Flaminio Ponzio. During your visit, you can soak up lush gardens, set sail on a boat ride at Temple of Aesculapius and view the well-curated art collection at the Galleria Borghese. But what is Rome without a visit to the Trevi Fountain? If you’re looking for love in all the right places, head to the left of the fountain and bestow forever upon you and your mate when you drink from the fountain – together. However, nothing completes a trip to Rome quite like enjoying the views at Gianicolo Hill, or Janiculum Hill. After a day of exploring these magnificent destinations, fill up on alley café treats, champagne and rigatoni, rooftop views and gelato from a gelateria.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Passion, love and the tango make Buenos Aires a hot destination for the fire-burning lovebirds. This romantic getaway will have you dancing straight into paradise. Spend the afternoon or early evening catching the sunset on Puente de las Mujeres, a bridge designed to look like two tango dancers in a passionate embrace. The bridge is also lined with flavorful restaurants, so you can fill up on South American spirits and tantalizing dishes. If you and your significant other are eager to learn more about the tango, sign up for a lesson at El Querandí or Salón Canning – the perfect date night that sets you up for a night out on the town. For more of the tango, catch a performance at Piazzolla Tango in Galería Guemes – and enjoy live musical ensembles, tango dancers and world-class singers. If you’re looking for the music, plan a date night for Teatro Colón – the epitome of old-world charm -- for the opera, ballet or orchestra performances. When it’s time to retire the dancing shoes, shop together in San Telmo at Feria, a market boasting antique hardware, artisanal crafts and savory empanadas. End your trip by sharing a kiss while appreciating art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. This tango-filled getaway will leave you and your special someone on cloud nine, long after the music dies.
When traveling to Japan, most tourists seek out Tokyo. However, if you’re looking for a more intimate experience in Japan, Kyoto is your stopping place for budding romances and long-term love affairs. While we could go on about the delicious meals such as the Kaiseki Ryori – a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner garnished with touches of Kyoto’s nature – there’s much to do outdoors that makes this city a breathtaking backdrop for a whirlwind romance. The city of Kyoto offers a multitude of outdoor destinations to get swept away in. Bring good luck to your relationship at Jishu Shrine when you conquer the “Love Stones.” Legend has it that if you can successfully walk from one stone to the other with your eyes closed, your love will last forever. But the walk of love doesn’t end there. Stroll with your loved one down Philosopher’s Path and enjoy the cherry blossom trees all along the canal, located between Ginkaku-ji and the Nanzen-ji temple. From strolling the cobblestone street of Shirakawa, to sealing a kiss at the “Bridge to Heaven”, properly known as Amanohashidate, there’s no shortage of beautiful places that will make your love feel everlasting. Once you’ve completed nature’s walk, share a cocktail at Jazz Spot Yamatoya – a secluded and intimate bar with an impressive vinyl collection stacked among the walls. Request to play your favorite tunes on the vintage turntable and dance the night away with your partner-in-crime in Kyoto.
Charleston, South Carolina
Southern charm meets romantic rendezvous in this quaint little city in South Carolina. Sit under the Angel Oak Tree and steal a kiss from the one you love. This city will bring the butterflies to your stomach with the Charleston Harbor and rooftop destinations. For sipping, share an artfully crafted cocktail and rooftop terrace complete with a custom garden at The Cocktail Club on the historic Upper King Street. With heart eyes in full effect, hop aboard The Schooner Pride for a blissful sunset sail. Charleston also offers an iconic waterfront promenade named The Battery. Stroll side by side as you enjoy antebellum homes, lush greenery and Rainbow Row. From a day spent marveling at the gorgeous works housed at Gibbes Museum of Art to dining in love at Circa 1886, a restaurant filled to the brim with old-world charm, your trip to Charleston will have you beaming with adoration. You don’t need to go far to show the one your partner just how much you love them.
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