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You'll never view romance the same way after this trip.
This scenic cliffside town on Amalfi Coast has all the ingredients for a romantic southern-Italian getaway - pebble beachfront, steep narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes, wisteria-draped hotels, tumbling vertiginous houses and incredible views of the coastline and ocean. As John Steinbeck wrote in 1953 for Harper's Bazaar : "Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone". photo: 123rf One of the most historic towns along the famous Amalfi Coast, it starts at the water's edge with a pretty promenade along the Mediterranean. No trip is complete without a visit to Piazza del Duomo- the main square that's clustered with charming sidewalk cafes and elegant shops. And as sunset approaches, sip on a limoncello while basking in the romantic glow of dusk. photo: 123rf 13th-century walls encircle this medieval Tuscan hill town, where the historic town square is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's lined with intact medieval houses, fountains and towers such as the Torre Grossa which has incredible bird's eye view of the enchanting rural landscape. photo: 123rf Ah, Florence - home to some of the world's most cherished Renaissance artistic treasures, this Tuscan gem is a must-go for anyone who appreciates all the good things in life. From the Duomo to Ponte Veccho, being in Florence will leave you feeling blessed that you're alive for such experiences. photo: 123rf Lap up the dolce vita lifestyle in Rome - relaxed into the Mediterranean vibes, stroll along its picturesque streets and while away your hours at one of its streetside cafes. Italy's Eternal City is unrivaled in its artistic and cultural sites and you'll be sure to feel awe-inspired. photo: 123rf Head to this small town in the Lombardy Alps to enjoy top-notch alphine trails for skiing. For non-skiiers, there's also the option of heading to their thermal hot springs that's been around since Roman times. photo: 123rf This Bay of Naples isle is a blend of upscale culture and stunning natural wonders. One of Italy's most picturesque places, there's something for everyone with swanky shops, natural trails and coves for diving. photo: 123rf One of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is a must-go for anyone who hasn't been. Whether you hate it or love it, there's still much to see and do in this bustling capital of the Lombardy region. photo: 123rf Straddling the cliffs overlooking the water to Naples and Mt Vesuvius, Sorrento is a gorgeous coastal town that is a good base to start the your explorations of the region's highlights. To the South resides unspoilt countryside, east to the Almafi Coast, north lies Pompeii while offshore brings you to the island of Capri. photo: 123rf With less than 300 inhabitants, this charming village makes for one of the five towns in Cinque Terre and is surrounded by traditional terraced fields thats renowned for its grapes and white wine since Roman times. With no direct access to the sea, the best way to explore it is to hike from town to town. photo: 123rf