Love is in the Air: Romantic Getaways to Ancient Cities and Medieval Towns in Italy

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Buongiorno and welcome to Stefano's RomeCabs, Rome's top-rated tour company for private Rome Limousine tours, and Italy tours from Rome.  Italy, a country steeped in history and romance, has long been a favorite romantic destination. While Venice's gondola rides and Florence's art-filled streets often steal the spotlight, there's an equally captivating, and perhaps lesser-explored, realm of romance waiting to be discovered. Embark on your next romantic getaway to ancient cities and charming medieval towns in Italy, where timeless allure awaits at every turn.

In this travel blog, we'll whisk you away on a journey through the heart of Italy's history, taking you to the ruins of ancient Roman cities and the cobblestone streets of medieval villages, all brimming with the kind of romance that lingers in the soul. So, pack your bags, embrace your amore, and let's embark on a romantic adventure like no other.

Romantic Getaways

to Ancient Cities and medieval Towns in Italy


Romantic Getaways
to Ancient Cities and medieval Towns in Italy


Rome: Eternal Romance Amidst Timeless Splendor


It may sound cliche that romance starts with Roma, but it’s true!

Our journey of love commences in the heart of Italy, where the Eternal City of Rome, beckons with an enchanting blend of ancient splendor and eternal romance. Here, love finds its home amidst the remnants of a glorious past.

  • Explore the following quintessential sites on our luxury tours of Rome: Panoramic Rome Tour and Tour Rome as Romans Do. In the comfort of our deluxe vehicles driven by your personal English-speaking driver at your service, you can explore Rome effortlessly and comfortably, while experiencing more of Rome in less time.

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Wander along cobblestone lanes, where every step feels like a poetic journey. Discover enchanting squares like Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps perfect for romantic strolls.  Don't forget the Trevi Fountain, where legend promises that tossing a coin in Trevi Fountain ensures you'll return to Rome for romance; toss two, and you'll return to Rome and find love; toss three, and you'll return to Rome, find love, and marry in this timeless city. 

Take a leisurely walk through Borgese Gardens, one of Rome's most famous parks. Rent a boat to gracefully glide upon the tranquil waters of the artificial lake (the Laghetto) admiring the ancient ruins stylized  Temple of Aesculapius that sits on its shores. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a romantic picnic in the Borghese Gardens where love blossoms amidst nature’s splendor.

Explore the Old World charm of the Trastevere neighborhood, where narrow alleys lead to hidden corners perfect for stolen glances. Indulge in a tasty lunch at quaint trattorias, where the flavors of Italy are savored amidst the embrace of history.  Enjoy a visit to the summit of Janiculum Hill, where you can marvel at the captivating panorama stretching into the horizon. Admire an overview of Rome's skyline, comprised of domes and architectural marvels.

Rome, the Eternal City, awaits to script your own chapter of love amidst its timeless splendor, where every street corner and ancient monument holds the promise of eternal romance.


Romantic Getaways to Ancient Cities and Medieval Towns in Italy



Explore the Echoes of Antiquity


Embark on a captivating journey through time and delve into the echoes of antiquity. Discover ancient wonders and unravel mysteries and stories that have withstood the test of time.

Ostia Antica: Ancient Port of Rome

Just outside of Rome, Ostia Antica was once a thriving ancient port of Rome. Here, the timeworn streets and ruins transport you to a bustling hub of commerce and culture in ancient times. 

As you wander through this tranquil archaeological park, you'll encounter the remnants of grand villas, public baths, and a vibrant theater, all telling stories of life and love in antiquity. The echoes of merchants and sailors reverberate through time, offering a glimpse into a world long past.

  • You can walk in the footsteps of Ancient Romans exploring Ostia Antica as well as the Ancient Appian Way on our exciting Along Rome's Empire Roads Tour.


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Paestum: Greek Ruins by the Italian Coast

For a unique and romantic escape, venture to Paestum on the sun-kissed southern coast of Italy where ancient Greek ruins stand proudly.  Explore the remarkably well-preserved temples dedicated to Hera and Athena, where lovers once sought divine blessings for their unions. 

Take leisurely walks along the pristine beaches, where the whispers of ancient love stories are carried by the gentle sea breeze. Paestum's unique blend of ancient history and coastal beauty creates an idyllic setting for a romantic retreat that transcends time.


Ancient Appian Way: The Queen of Roads

Also just outside the bustle of Rome, tread the historic stones of the Ancient Appian Way, often called the "Queen of Roads". This ancient thoroughfare, lined with majestic tombs and shaded by towering pines, provides a romantic backdrop for a leisurely stroll in a park-like setting.


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Pompeii: Ancient Love Frozen in Time

Immerse yourselves in a timeless love story amidst the haunting ruins of Pompeii, frozen in time by the devastating eruption of 79 AD. Here, every cobbled street whispers tales of passion and tragedy, inviting you to wander hand in hand through history. Marvel at the beautifully preserved frescoed villas, where ancient romances unfolded, and let the grandeur of the amphitheater transport you to a bygone era.


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Herculaneum: Glimpses of the Past

Not far from Pompeii lies the lesser-known gem of Herculaneum, offering a more intimate view of Roman life. Meander along its remarkably well-preserved streets, retracing the footsteps of the ancients who once walked these paths.

Admire the vivid mosaics that still grace the floors of homes and villas, each narrating a story of its own. Herculaneum's hidden charm creates an ideal backdrop for your own journey through time with your beloved.


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Romance by the Sea

While exploring Pompeii or Herculaneum, don’t miss the opportunity to also visit Positano by the sea. This picturesque town along the dramatic Amalfi Coast seems to cascade down the cliffs toward the azure waters of the Mediterranean. Its narrow, winding streets are lined with colorful pastel buildings that provide a breathtaking contrast to the deep blue sea.

Nearby, Sorrento is a haven for romance. With its breathtaking sea views and lemon-infused delights, it's a place where love blossoms. Sip a Sorrento Limoncello, and stroll along quaint lanes where the town's historical charm creates a dreamy atmosphere. 

The best time of the year to visit the Amalfi Coast is in the spring and fall as summers are very hot and packed with tourists, and in the winter many local businesses shut off the season.


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Medieval Magic: Charming Towns and Timeless Romance


San Gimignano: Medieval Towers and Timeless Love

San Gimignano, renowned as the "Medieval Manhattan" due to its iconic towers, welcomes lovers to embark on a journey through the ages. Stroll hand in hand along its charming streets, where every cobblestone tells a story.

And what's a visit to San Gimignano without savoring the town's renowned gelato, a sweet delight that perfectly complements the medieval ambiance? San Gimignano's distinctive skyline and lovingly preserved heritage offer a romantic escape where time stands still, allowing your love story to unfold amidst the echoes of the past.


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Siena: Where Medieval Splendor Meets Timeless Romance


In the heart of Tuscany, the enchanting town of Siena beckons lovers with its medieval charm and timeless allure. At the heart of it all lies the Piazza del Campo, a shell-shaped marvel surrounded by elegant palaces, where you can sip wine at an outdoor café, sharing quiet moments as the world whirls around you. The Siena Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, offers an awe-inspiring backdrop for shared admiration.

Lose yourselves in the labyrinthine medieval streets, where each corner reveals a piece of history, and stroll hand in hand past charming shops and quaint cafes.  And don't forget the culinary delights — Tuscan cuisine awaits, from wild boar pasta to creamy tiramisu, perfect for savoring together. Siena, where medieval splendor and timeless romance intertwine, invites you to create your own love story amid its ancient walls and captivating atmosphere.


Assisi: Serenity and Love in the Umbrian Hills

Nestled amidst the rolling Umbrian hills, Assisi beckons as a sanctuary of serenity, love, and timeless wonder. In one of Italy's most enchanting medieval towns, where stones wear hues of pale gray and pink, every corner resonates with a sense of spirituality and romanticism. 

Explore the winding alleyways and famous churches in Assisi, and let your love story unfold amidst the graceful arches of the Basilica of Saint Francis, where the saint's profound connection with nature and humanity is celebrated in art and architecture. Visit the Basilica of Saint Clare, where the spirit of devotion and love radiates through every stone. Visit the Monastery of San Damiano in the midst of nature, where the whispers of the saints’ faith echo through the centuries. 


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And in the lively embrace of Piazza del Comune, surrounded by centuries-old buildings, feel the heartbeat of Assisi's vibrant history. Assisi, with its spiritual aura and medieval charm, creates a tranquil haven, where love is not just a feeling but an extraordinary journey amidst the magic of the past.


Tuscania: Medieval Romance Amidst Breathtaking Vistas


Nestled in the heart of the Roman countryside, Tuscania unveils a world of medieval mystique waiting to be discovered by lovers seeking a unique romantic escape. As you wander through the town's historic center, you'll find yourself surrounded by enchanting medieval churches and charming piazzas, where time seems to stand still.

Did you know that the 1968 Romeo and Juliet movie was filmed in Tuscania? Some scenes were filmed inside the Basilica of Saint Peter that crowns St Peter's Hill (Colle San Pietro).


Tuscania Medieval Romance Amidst Breathtaking Vistas


Yet, it's from Parco Lavello that the magic truly unfolds. Here, with sweeping views of the picturesque countryside, the Basilica of St. Peter on top of Colle San Pietro that used to be an Etruscan Acropolis more than 2,500 years ago, and the haunting ruins of Castello Rivelino, poets have drawn inspiration from the timeless beauty. Indulge in Tuscania's delectable cuisine for a romantic lunch or dinner, savoring dishes that have been perfected over generations.

In Tuscania, where medieval romance meets breathtaking vistas, you'll discover a hidden treasure trove of love and tranquility, making it the perfect destination to create lasting memories together.


Bracciano Castle: A Fairytale Renaissance Romance

Picture a fairytale unfolding in the quaint town of Bracciano, where the Renaissance era comes to life. Bracciano Castle, also known as Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, is the centerpiece of this enchanting tale. With its formidable stone walls, adorned halls featuring intricate frescoes, and meticulous craftsmanship, the castle is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, setting the stage for your own love story.

As you explore its inner halls and opulent chambers, don't miss the chance to ascend its towering walls for panoramic views that encompass Lake Bracciano and the picturesque countryside. These views have stirred the passions of poets and artists for centuries, adding a touch of magic to your romantic adventure.



Bracciano Castle invites you to craft your own fairytale of love and enchantment, where history, romance, and architectural brilliance converge.

  • You can enjoy a romantic day trip from Rome to both Tuscania and Bracciano Castle, along with a stop for lunch in a cozy clifftop medieval hamlet on our Medieval Magic Rome Countryside Tour.


Verona: The City of Shakespearean Love


Verona, the city that inspired Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", is synonymous with love. Visit Juliet's House, where lovers from around the world leave notes on the walls and seek the balcony where Juliet once pined for her Romeo. The city's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers picturesque squares and medieval buildings that transport you to a time when love letters were written by quill and ink.

Pienza: A Renaissance Love Story

Located in the picturesque Tuscan hills overlooking the bewitching Val d’OrciaPienza is more than just a town, it's a perfectly planned Renaissance masterpiece often referred to as the Utopian Renaissance City and honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, an oasis of elegance and harmony awaits.


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As you meander hand in hand along its romantic lanes with enchanting names like "Via del Amore" (Street of Love) and "Via del Baccio" (Kiss Street), you'll find yourselves transported into the pages of your own Renaissance love story. No wonder Pienza is considered one of the five most romantic villages in Tuscany.

These quaint lanes lead you to the village walls, where a breathtaking panorama of Val d'Orcia unfurls before your eyes. So heavenly is this landscape that it was chosen as the backdrop for the Elysian Fields in the blockbuster film "Gladiator".



And let's not forget the delectable Pecorino cheese of Pienza, a culinary treasure that adds a delightful taste of Tuscany's rich heritage to your romantic journey. Pienza, where the Renaissance meets love and natural beauty, invites you to create unforgettable moments in this charming Tuscan gem.


Practical Tips for Your Romantic Getaway to Italy


Experience Local Delights: Indulge in local cuisine and wines for a full immersion in Italy's culinary culture, sharing romantic meals at charming trattorias and savoring a creamy gelato.

Make Time for Togetherness: Embrace the slower pace of these destinations. Allow time for leisurely walks, sunset views, and moments of quiet reflection. Overplanning and rushing from site to site is not an enjoyable way to celebrate a romantic getaway to Italy.

Consider Off-Season or Shoulder-Season Bliss: Consider visiting these romantic destinations during the off-season months. Discover the charm of winter in Italy between December to February or shoulder Season (March - April, October - November) to avoid crowds and savor a more intimate experience. Spring in Rome is delightful, while autumn months during grape harvest are ideal for wine tours from Rome to visit wineries and toast with a glass of ruby red or white nectar.



In Italy, love is not confined to the present; it transcends time and is celebrated amidst ancient wonders and medieval charm. Whether you're exploring the grandeur of Rome or sharing a quiet moment in a medieval square, Italy's historic cities and towns provide the perfect canvas for your love story. 

So, let your hearts wander and discover the romance that lingers in the ruins and cobblestone streets of this enchanting country.

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