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How to get around your romantic trip together?
Simple as that: pick a place, check out cheap flights, find accomodation from trusted source. Easy as pie. You think it’s tricky? Everything is when you’ve never done it before. But hey, here’s a few tips to get you started. First of all – there are very handy and user-friendly cheap flights search engines, designed for people just like you.
How many extra points will you get for booking it all for St. Valentine’s…? A lot! Sharing travel experiences with your other half is a wonderful thing. Collect the memories, the moments, the impressions – they are priceless. We believe that these are one of the most important elements of each journey. We’d like to encourage you to travelling together by showing you a chart of seven European cities which can be easily reached with limited expenses and a chance for a romantic weekend. This could be a beginning of your new adventure! A trip for two? Yes, we do!
Venice is a city which is almost automatically connotated with romantic trip for couples. Although it’s usually full of tourists, while crowds are not considered the most romantic background, still the city is really unique. Book a gondola boat which will traditionally take two of you among narrow picturesque lanes. If you’d rather stay away from commercial attractions, why not hop on water tram and travel the same way Venetians commute. It’s widely available and much cheaper than gondola.
Walk around hidden corners of the city, look for the Bridge of Sighs, the little squares tucked in the city, find secret passages leading to the side of laguna. Try tripping slightly outside of the city, to the end of the Riva dei Sette Martiri, boulevard along the river. Watch sunset from Ponte di Rialto bridge, eat lovely dinner and sip Italian wine in a bar at the Piazza San Marco square. If you stay here a little longer, visit Burano island and their amazing lace craft. A trip to Murano will amaze you with World-class glass artefacts.
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Is there a more dramatic piece of literature about lovers tragically entangled in a family affair? Romeo and Juliet, the characters of Shakespeare’s drama have become World’s symbol of tragic love. Is there anyone who hasn’t heard about them? Even though the story isn’t real, a rumour has it that it was based on true stories of young lovers who might have lived in Verona, where the play is set. Don’t you think it’s a good idea to visit it on Valentine’s day? Definitely! The most exciting places of Verona are the houses of Juliet and Romeo. The House of Juliet has the famous balcony where the secret encounter of the play had happened. Romeo’s House is just nearby.
In a monastery located a little further from the city centre, you’ll find a museum with a tomb of a young girl. It is considered to be the resting place of Juliette Capuleti. Tourists tracking the lovers’ story in its birthplace, simply must visit. Verona is also full of memorials coming from the Roman times like the amphitheatre called Arena, a Roman Theatre, many palaces, statues, bridges and churches. The city itself is located in an interesting place, by the Adige river. Visit Verona not just on Valentine’s day, however the occasion makes it even more mysterious.
The capital city of France is another obvious destination, just perfect in terms of a cheap flight for a romantic weekend away. Although many people have a love-hate relationship with this city, some adore it, others avoid it. Have you ever heard of expression “Paris syndrome”? It’s a disappointment experienced after having high expectations. Nevertheless, the city has its undisputable charms. To discover them, simply stray away from the most common paths or visit them at a less frequented hour.
We’ve got our favourite place in Paris. It’s a quarter called Montmartre – colourful, with charming little cafes and hidden corners perfect for lovers. This used to be a favourite part of town of the 19th and 20th century artists. It’s still filled by the atmosphere of free imagination, art and good fun. Climb up to the Sacré-Cœur church to find one of the most amazing views of the city. We strongly recommend coming here at sunset. However if you dream of a romantic walk along the lanes of Monmartre, choose morning hours to avoid tourists swarming here in the afternoon and evening time.
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We couldn’t miss out Rome in this chart. The Italian capital is one our favourite cities and we’re convinced you’ll love it too. Rome is a place which submerges you in history but in a subtle way. It’s a city of amazing monuments like Collosseum, Forum Romanum, Baths of Caracalla or Pantheon, amazing squares like Piazza Navona, fountains like Fontanna di Trevi and beautiful churches which are countless there. Another Rome’s attractions are Castel Sant’Angelo, Spanish steps with a mandatory photo stop, and neighbouring Vatican City. The capital city of Rome holds so many monuments and interesting places that even if you visit several times, you still manage to discover something new, just like the first time.
If you’re in love, there are two places that we recommend. One is a little known and still underappreciated part of town called Trastevere. We could easily compare it to Parisian Monmartre or Jewish Quarter in Cracow. The place if full of recesses, little cafés and pretty squares. If you’d like to check if your love is truthful, then head to Circus Maximus. Nearby there’s the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, with the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) at its gate. This place is known especially from the Audrey Hepburn movie “Roman Holiday” (1953). Your love should put their hand into the mouth of the marble mask and… you never know what happens next.
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful European cities and without a doubt it’s due to its magniticent location. The cities set on hills, offering the most beautiful sunrise and sunset views will always be perfect destinations for romantic getaways. If you add to it the narrow antique lanes of Alfama, historical buildings and tiny cafes with live fado music, well this is a recipe for a brilliant date. Lisbon is made for it.
It’s impossible to be bored over there because apart from the oldest part of town – Alfama, there’s also the Belem quarter with the beautiful Hieronymites Monastery, the Belém Tower and the famous Monument of Discoveries. In this quarter you’ll find a patisserie with the best pastry in town called Pasteis de Belém. They make a yummy snack for your coffee break. Lisbon is often associated with cable cars, elevators and trams. Travelling with all of them is one the biggest attraction of Lisbon, you can’t miss out. It’s fun! Lisbon is a city of great explorers, merchants, sailors, famous characters, romantic stories and music. The atmosphere is contagious so beware!