Rose Garden + Volcan Agua

Seven Romantic Cities Across the World

Taormina, Sicily

With sweeping hilltops, intricate floral landscapes and fruit trees, stunning Mediterranean waters, and majestic Mount Etna as a backdrop, everywhere you stroll is full of wonder.  Explore the Graeco-Roman Theatre ruins that overlook the charming town below, follow stairways and passageways lined with flowers, enjoy delectable Sicilian cuisine, take a swim on flawless Mediterranean beaches, or hike active volcano Mount Etna to peer into the smoldering crater.

Teatro Antico di Taormina
Teatro Antico di Taormina
Photograph courtesy of Travel & Lust
View of Mount Etna
View of Mount Etna
Photograph courtesy of My Italy Trip
Mediterranean Bliss
Mediterranean Bliss
Photograph by Caitlin Tracy
Sicilian Streets
Sicilian Streets
Photograph courtesy of Chiara Stradina
Taormina Beaches
Taormina Beaches
Photograph courtesy of Chiara Stradina

Paris, France

Known globally as the city of love and the gourmet capital of the world, Paris will undoubtedly exceed your expectation. From strolling through luscious hilltop gardens of the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, ascending through candlelit bohemian walkways of Montmartre towards the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, rowing a boat to the Temple of Love in the Bois de Vincennes, learning to tango at twilight at the nightly meet ups on the Seine, or dining in one of Paris’s 40,000 restaurants, the city of love is a romance seeker’s fantasy. Its illustrious gastronomic history, elegant architecture, richly diverse culture, and seductive native language are sure to leave you completely enchanted.

Buttes Chaumont
View of Temple de la Sybille, Buttes de Chaumont
Photograph courtesy of New Years Eve Paris
Paris Illuminated
Paris Illuminated
Photograph courtesy of New Years Eve Paris
Temple Boat, Bois de Vincennes
Bois de Vincennes and the Temple of Love
Photograph courtesy of New Years Eve Paris
Twilight Tango
Twilight Tango Gatherings, come one come all Wednesday through Sunday!
Photograph courtesy of New Years Eve Paris
Love Locks of Pont des Arts
“Love Locks” of Pont des Arts, where lovers from far and wide come to proclaim their devotion by attaching a lock with their carved initials onto the bridge, and throwing the key into the Seine
Photograph courtesy of 9News
Château Saint James Restaurant
Magical Château Saint James Restaurant, with balloon-shaped pergolas which recall the garden’s former incarnation as a launch pad for hot-air balloons.
Photograph courtesy of Global Blue
Sunset in Buttes Chaumont
Sunset in Buttes Chaumont
Photograph by Caitlin Tracy

Marrakech, Morocco

Morocco’s eclectic “Red City” is a timeless paradise for those seeking romance. With a range of restaurants covering all budgets and appetites, you may dine like kings and queens in Bedouin tents or palace=like Riads. Imagine enjoying authentic Moroccan cuisine with aromas of fine incense and spices filling the air, beneath ornate architecture or in lushly landscaped courtyards. In Marrakech, there is no scarcity of exotic, captivating culture.

Moroccan Riad
Moroccan Riad
Photograph courtesy of Quora
Marrakech Mediterranean Restaurant
Marrakech Mediterranean Restaurant
Photograph courtesy of Trip Advisor
Restaurant Albaraka
Restaurant Al Baraka
Photograph courtesy of Palestine Today
La Trattoria Cassanova
La Trattoria Cassanova
Photograph courtesy of Tigmi
Marrakech Market
Marrakech Market
Photograph courtesy of Quora
Exotic Spices
Exotic Spices
Photograph courtesy of Ilim Tour

Jaipur, India

Jaipur, the picturesque “Pink City” of India, an opulent oasis in the desert filled with ancient wonders. Being the capital of India’s most decorated state, Rajasthan, Jaipur has a richly enthralling culture and history. Stunning architecture, and vivid with life, Jaipur will fill your soul with warmth.  Whether you visit the vast number of temples, palaces, and forts, dine on delectable traditional Indian cuisine, or wind through markets and passageways looking for treasures, you’ll never want to leave!

Lovers atop Nahargarh Fort
Lovers atop Nahargarh Fort
Photograph courtesy of Gypsea Lust
Palace of Winds
Palace of Winds
Photograph courtesy of Atlas Obscura
City Palace
City Palace
Photograph courtesy of Embark on Travel
Filigree Light, The Amber Fort
Filigree Light, The Amber Fort
Photograph courtesy of Linen & Lavender
Labyrinthine Stairways
Labyrinthine Stairways
Photograph courtesy of Blue Dreams
Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort
Photograph courtesy of Passion Passport

Venice, Italy

Long renowned for its romantic serenity, this Adriatic Queen will capture your heart. Venice is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are divided by canals and linked by 400 bridges. Take a leisurely gondola ride to an idyllic cafe, sample some homemade gelato, have a masterfully crafted cappuccino, sip on a glass of fine Italian wine, and dine in as many authentic Venetian restaurants as possible! Home to Casanova, decadent theaters, gorgeous cathedrals, perfect sunsets, and music on street corners, Venice is without question one of the romance capitals of the world.

Gondola Sunset
Gondola Sunset
Photograph courtesy of Nois 7
Gelato for Two
Gelato for Two
Photograph courtesy of Ohh Couture
Bridges at Sunset
Bridges at Sunset
Photograph courtesy of Italy Travel
Venice Canals
Venice Canals
Photograph courtesy of Pieter Arnolli

 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Whether it’s a spring afternoon or a snowy morning in Copenhagen, you will feel an abundance of warmth in this Scandinavian Shangri-La. Famous for its signature nationwide mood being hyggelig (pronounced hoo-gah-leeg), translated from Danish as “cozy”, there wont be a cafe or corner of town that wont inspire you to curl up with your lover. Spend the day in the self-proclaimed autonomous bohemian district of Christiania to walk amongst trees, and see the unparalleled architecture of adorable homes. Visit Tivoli Gardens pleasure park for delightful Danish culture, or explore Nyhavn, the 17th-century waterfront canal and entertainment district. Copenhagen is cozy and inviting, rain or shine.

Nyhavn Nights
Nyhavn Nights
Photograph courtesy of Pieter Arnolli
Väkst Nordic Garden Restaurant
Väkst Nordic Garden Restaurant
Photograph courtesy of Pieter Arnolli
Inn at Tivoli
Inn at Tivoli
Photograph courtesy of Visit Denmark
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Photograph courtesy of Get Your Guide
Cozy Christiania
Cozy Christiania
Photograph courtesy of Trip Advisor
Sydhaven Church
Sydhaven Church
Photograph courtesy of Design Boom

 

Antigua, Guatemala

Nestled in a vibrant valley of the Mayan highlands between four volcanos, Guatemala’s former colonial capital exists outside of time. In the “land of eternal spring,” every inch you gaze upon is as charming as a museum or film set, with cobblestone streets lined with bougainvilleas and violet jacaranda trees, irresistibly adorned cafes, courtyards, churches, and ruins, and the stunning backdrop of volcanos erupting. Among the top wedding and honeymoon destinations in the world, this town is alive with love.  You never know if a small doorway will lead to a secret garden, elaborately landscaped courtyard, or splendidly embellished home. Visit the ruins and beautiful gardens within the Hotel Santo Domingo, or dine in unparalleled beauty and visit the gallery and terrace gardens at Maison Panza Verde. Hike to the top of a volcano for sunrise, shop for indigenous textiles and local treasures at Nimpot, or take a day trip to 12 thousand feet to see a mountaintop Shire at Hobbitenango, the Tolkien inspired eco-hotel, restaurant, and adventure destination.

Hobbit Home
Hobbit Home
Photo by Caitlin Tracy
Arco de Santa Catalina
Arco de Santa Catalina
Photo by Caitlin Tracy
6th Avenue Caballero
6th Avenue Caballero
Photo by Caitlin Tracy
Earth Lodge
Earth Lodge
Photo by Caitlin Tracy
Street Market
Street Market
Photo by Caitlin Tracy
Pastel Sunset
Pastel Sunset
Photo by Caitlin Tracy
Volcan de Fuego
Volcan de Fuego
Photo by Caitlin Tracy
Volcan Agua
Volcan de Agua
Photo by Caitlin Tracy

 

First Light Atop Volcan Acatenango
First Light Atop Volcan Acatenango
Photo by Caitlin Tracy
Fern Trees
Fern Trees
Photo by Caitlin Tracy
Palacio de Doña Lenoire
Palacio de Doña Lenoire
Photo by Caitlin Tracy
Full Moon over San Francisco
Full Moon over San Francisco
Photograph by Caitlin Tracy
Hobbitenango Moonset
Hobbitenango Moonset
Photo by Caitlin Tracy

 

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Our beautiful planet is so full of breathtaking landscapes and manmade wonders alike, and there are thousands of cities with immeasurable splendor and romance.

What cities do you think should make the next list?

 

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