7 Reasons Italy is Better Traveled as a Couple

by Brooke Schoenman on November 19, 2012 · 8 comments

Italian cappuccino

Italian cappuccino (photo by roevin)

Would your opinion be that Italy is one of the most romantic destinations in the world?

As someone who has traveled there a few times on holiday and once for a semester of study abroad, I would say that Italy exudes a bit of a sexy vibe overall as a culture. There is a passion for life and for love that other places sort of take for granted, or might be missing altogether.

Italy, in my opinion is best traveled as a couple rather than solo – unless of course, you’re after picking up an Italian beauty on your adventures. Why? I’m glad you asked…

Gondola in Venice

Gondola in Venice (photo by Mark Heard)

1. Because a gondola ride in Venice should not be taken alone.

Venice is the city of canals and the iconic gondola boats. What was once a main form of transportation with nearly 10,000 in circulation is now mainly a tourist attraction with only 500 boats on the water.

Gondola rides are definitely seen as romantic, and while singing is not a common part of the experience, I’ve seen it happening briefly in the distance.

Who wouldn’t want to snuggle up close to their special someone while being chauffeured throughout the narrow waterways of an ancient, beautiful city in a fancy boat?

Tuscan vineyard

Head to the Tuscan vineyards with your Italian cheese and wine. (photo by letorri)

2. Because a wheel of Italian cheese should be accompanied by a romantic picnic in Tuscany.

Italy is known for making nearly 400 types of cheese – everything from bocconcini to ricotta — for fillings of pastas or cannoli, or for topping crackers and salads.

Italian cheese, some fruit and a loaf of fresh bread are the things that picnics are made of and what better place to picnic than in than the rolling hills of Tuscany near wineries? Of course with a good bottle of wine too!

Red wine and cheese

Red wine and cheese (photo by jdickert)

3. Because a bottle of Italian red wine should be shared with someone you love.

As the fifth leading country in per capita wine consumption, you can be sure that finding a good bottle will never be difficult. Wine flows like water in Italy; in fact, it is often cheaper to purchase wine with dinner than a bottle of water!

With wine knowledge as rich as the history of production is long, a bottle of delicious and spicy red should be sipped with your significant other, especially because one bottle is quite a lot for one person!

Juliet's Balcony

Juliet’s Balcony in Verona (photo by spencer77)

4. Because Juliet’s house should be adorned with love notes between you and your partner.

The house may not be real, but today a special home and balcony in the city of Verona has been marked as Juliet’s where dozens of love-struck youth and travelers gather to take photos and graffiti walls with messages of love.

After having your photo next to Juliet’s statue and perusing the inside of the house-turned-art-gallery, stick a love note to your special someone on the walls for all to see.

Italian chef

Chef preparing sumptuous Italian food. (photo by drbeachvacation)

5. Because the combination of passion and food is perfect for couples.

As mentioned in the points about wine and cheese, food in general provides a passionate palette for loved ones to enjoy in Italy.

From decadent risotto to perfectly cooked pastas, every bit of the Italian cuisine screams indulgence.

For those visitors looking to keep their shapely figures, sharing wood-fire pizzas and cups of gelato also brings a bit of romance to the table.

Vespas

Vespas – made for 2. (photo by mikuzz)

6. Because riding a Vespa is more fun with two.

It’s the motor scooter made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the film Roman Holiday: the Vespa. These small forms of transport are popular in Italy because they help Italians to travel through the narrow and ancient streets of many cities.

And, just like in the film, they are just more fun when you get to ride on the back with your loved one racing around from one iconic landmark to the next.

For those wishing to recreate that moment, there are Vespa rentals in just about every major Italian city. Just be sure to bring your driver’s license.

Bicycle Italy

Avoid [some of] the cat calls in Italy by traveling as a couple. (photo by lucavioletto)

7. Because you will get hassled less as a girl.

I’m all for a self-confidence boosting trip to Italy for any woman, but the cat calls, watching eyes and shouts from cars and street corners can get to be a bit much if you are there any significant amount of time.

When an 80-year-old man starts barking at you, it’s time to sling a beau around your arm, right?

I found that traveling with my boyfriend made any attempts by Italian guys at hitting on me more of a flattery experience for him.

What do you think? Is Italy better traveled with a special someone, or is it just as fabulous going solo, indulging in that full bottle of wine yourself, and seeing what hot Italian enters your life in the process?

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8 Comments

Hawaii Amanda November 19, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I have only traveled solo but it sounds great to travel with a like minded partner. I think alone time during the trip would be crucial too.

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Anita Mac November 20, 2012 at 7:00 am

Funny how some places feel like travel with a partner would be better. I just spent 3 months traveling in Europe and I agree – while wandering the streets of Rome, I really wish I was traveling with someone else! The entire time I was in Croatia, Spain and France, I was happy alone. Not sure why I felt different in Rome, but it was definitely a strong feeling for me!

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Dean November 21, 2012 at 3:47 am

Italy is definitely one of the most romantic countries to travel to in the world…in fact, we spent our honeymoon there ;) Perfect destination for couples!

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Mark Heard November 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Hi there, looks great. I took the gondola picture in Venice that you use. Wondering, would you mind using my actual name instead of my Flickr User Name in the caption.

It’s “Mark Heard”.

Thanks a lot!
Mark

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Dave November 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Hi Mark,

I’ve updated the photo to reflect your name. Great shot.
By the way, I was just in Venice a few weeks ago.

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Paul Krol November 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Couldn’t agree with you any more! Although I’m sure that everyone knows that :-)

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Antonio Patti November 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Yes, we are the romanticism capital.
Maybe it is one of the reason that gives us the fame of good lovers ;)
Enjoy Italy!

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snowmobile rentals Vail December 4, 2012 at 1:02 am

I like this site..Its nice and it gave us lots of ideas..Thanks for sharing great info. on travelling.

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