Priceline did a survey in 2016 called the “Traveler’s Sweet Spot,” which showed that almost 40% of men and almost 35% of women cited romantic getaways as the best kind of vacation. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, where else can you find the most romantic hotels but in Italy? Visiting the Tuscany region in Italy can be a dream come true, for both you and your partner. From the most romantic hotels to sprawling vineyards to watching fiery sunsets from the top of an old castle, Italy has everything and more to offer visitors. Let the Italian language embrace you, enjoy a delicious plate of pasta, take in gorgeous art and architecture, and stroll through lush vineyards. A visit to Tuscany will surely top the charts for any romantic getaway — whether it’s for a honeymoon, an anniversary, or a just because.
What Makes Tuscany Such a Romantic Destination?
Other than France, most people think of Italy as one of the most romantic places in the world. Italian beauties are famed — and so are the dark, sensitive, artistic Italian men — the cuisine is popular globally, and living la dolce vita seems to be everyone’s dream. Italy — and Tuscany in particular — can offer guests a cultural, old-world experience, with enough modern amenities to make the experience charming, instead of inconvenient.
Italy in the summer, with beautiful vineyards and wine tours and the landscapes that inspired Italian masters to paint are sure to make anyone swoon. And some of the most romantic hotels may even be set in an old castle, where you can imagine the kings and queens and old nobility of Italy residing, cavorting, and carrying out their everyday lives.
What Can I Get Out of an Experience Filled Vacation?
Around 60% of millennials say that they’d rather allot their money towards experiences as opposed to material goods. And TripBarometer reports that the top two activities that travelers are willing to shell out more for are sightseeing (over 50%) and special dining experiences (over 40%), which both fall under the category of experiences. Interestingly, shopping was at the bottom of the list, with less than a quarter of travelers saying they’d be willing to spend more on it.
Eventually, material goods will break or get lost or become too old to use. You may end up getting rid of them as the years pass. However, memories from an experience remain forever. Having a tremendous meal in a Tuscany vineyard or strolling through a charming Tuscan village arm in arm with your loved one will be unforgettable experiences — and so much better than a cheap bag that has the name of the city on it.
And getting out there and doing things will also show you more of the local flavor of the place you’re staying. You’ll see locals going about their daily lives and may stumble upon a shop or beautiful area off the beaten track that’s not in any guidebooks.
What Should I Look For in a Vacation Rental?
If you’re looking for the most romantic hotels, there are sure to be plenty of listings available on popular travel websites. However, some opt for a vacation rental, if they’re staying for a long period of time, or if they want to have a more intimate experience during their vacation. In these cases, booking a travel agent might be a good idea — they’ll have (ideally) personal experience and recommendations for where to stay and have contacts in the area, so you’ll find a quality space.
Ideally, you’ll want a vacation rental with all the amenities you’re looking for, flexible checking in and checking out times, and one that’s close to either public transportation or that provides a parking space. And, most importantly, you want your vacation rental to be close to the center of the activities you have planned.
Enjoy a romantic getaway this year and book tickets to Tuscany, Italy! There’s a plethora of things to do, see, and experience, and it’s sure to be a trip you’ll remember forever.