Florence isn’t just the cradle of the Renaissance; it’s an incredibly romantic city brimming with striking views and magical moments for lovers. Here are 5 ideas for an unforgettable weekend for two.
A picnic at the Rose Garden. Scented with the perfume of more than 100 rose varieties, dotted with statues by Jean-Michel Folon and home to a Japanese garden, the most beautiful garden in Florence sits just below piazzale Michelangelo, providing unique views over the city. Stretch out on the grass and enjoy the peace of this green expanse in the heart of the historic city.
Stroll to Santa Margherita dei Cerchi Church, tucked away in the narrow streets between Piazza della Signoria and the Cathedral, to celebrate Dante and Beatrice’s love. Legend has it that this is where the Supreme Poet met his muse; it’s also home to Beatrice’s burial place. Finish your day with a romantic dinner by the River Arno at a restaurant like Borgo San Jacopo, which vaunts a balcony with a view of the Ponte Vecchio.
Blend romanticism and relaxation with a reinvigorating few hours at a special place. The Ville sull'Arno resort by the river in Florence’s Bellariva nella Casaccia is an old country home once owned by the city’s gentry and was the workshop for the Macchiaioli art movement. Treat yourself to some green therapy with Tuscan olive oil and herbal beauty treatments.
See the sun set over Florence from a boat on the river. A boat ride led by I Renaioli association allows you to observe the city from a different point of view. It’s also really romantic, especially at the end of the day when the water and bridges turn gold, and after dark when the city’s lights reflect on the river.
The night sky above Fiesole is a sight to behold. Florence stretches out at the foot of this picturesque Etruscan town, where it feels like you’ve stepped back in time. Drive from the city or arrive by motorbike along the road that winds its way up the hill. Enjoy the mesmerizing views, accompanied by a glass of Tuscan wine.