Tag Archives: Italy

Ramping up the romance factor in fair Verona

Few cities have romantic legend in the bag as much as Verona. Sure, Paris is still the capital of Lurve with a capital L and New York is the home of cinematic lovefests from An Affair to Remember to Sleepless in Seattle, but Verona has Romeo & Juliet and no rom-com can trump that.

As well as being the stomping ground for Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Verona is actually a beautiful, lesser-spotted Italian city that’s well worth a visit, whether you snoozed through Romeo & Juliet at school or not.

Here’s my tips for what to see and do in Verona, with a little sprinkle of romance along the way:

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Gallery: An ode to Venice

So unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week you’ll have caught the A List wedding of George Clooney to Amal Alamuddin. In Venice no less. I have to say, even the cheesy shots of the Clooneys sailing off in a boat called Amore (groan) headed for their honeycloon (extra groan) made me all sorts of sentimental for my own trip to Venice this time last year. After all, movie stars and super-chic international human rights lawyers are no match for Venice in all its glory.
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A tale of two lakes: love at first sight in Lake Iseo

After spending two days in wonderful Lake Garda (read about it here), I headed for its lesser spotted sister lake, Lake Iseo. Less of a tourist hotspot, Iseo is a quieter affair, oozing in romance and taking its time to work its charms on you. But work its charms on you it will.  I don’t care how cringey this sounds, it was love at first sight for me.

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Sirmione: Pasta, castles, wine and a lake you might have heard of

As a European getaway, Lake Garda has quite the reputation. The name alone rolls off the tongue already wrapped in luxurious notions of glamour and, along with the French Riviera, I’ve always had grand ideas about the place. Mostly as a beautiful playground for the rich and famous. A place where you can eat your weight in carbs, oh glorious carbs, and not get fat and wash it all down with delectable local wine at any hour of the day. Reputations can be misleading so the million dollar question is – does Lake Garda live up to expectations?

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