By Denise Otero
Travel Consultant, Your Friend In Italy
In yesterday’s post, I shared the first five of my top 10 most romantic places in Italy for Baby Boomers to celebrate their wedding anniversaries. In no particular order, here are five more…
6. The Italian Riviera: The “Italian Riviera” is the name given to the coast of the Liguria region. Its shores, which are dotted with pastel houses, small harbors, and fishing villages, curve between France’s Côte d’Azur and Tuscany. Picturesque Portofino is the best known small seaside village of the Italian Riviera.
Santa Margherita Ligure is a resort town offering a gracious atmosphere and a more affordable alternative to Portofino. During your wedding anniversary in Italy, you can take romantic strolls as palms wave along the promenade. Camogli, Rapallo, Sestri Levante, Finale Ligure are other seaside towns worth visiting.
7. The Cinque Terre: The Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”) is still part of the Liguria region’s Italian Riviera, but it offers a completely different atmosphere. The ruggedly beautiful Cinque Terre has an 18 kilometer stretch of astonishingly serrated coastline. Here you will find five small fishing villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. These villages, kissing the water’s edge and built within the cliffs, are covered in vineyards overlooking the sea. As I write this, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare were recently devastated by floods but the local people are vigorously repairing the damage to bring these villages back to their former glory.
The Cinque Terre is a dynamic area because it’s both a tranquil retreat and a haven for sports enthusiasts. Active types will be very busy deciding between hiking, horseback riding, and water sports. Those looking for a relaxing wedding anniversary getaway in Italy can simply soak up the sun, the unique character of each village, and the warmth of the people. Whether you prefer to get away from the stress of everyday life and just sit back, relax and sip a glass of wine, or you prefer to test your fitness level, the Cinque Terre offers the best of both worlds.
8. Piedmont: The Piedmont (Piemonte) is a large, mountainous region in the northwest corner of Italy surrounded on three sides by the Alps. Piedmont is well known for its famous Barolo and Barbera wines, white truffles of Alba, and scrumptious chocolate. What was once the capital of the Duchy of Savoy, the countryside is adorned with elegant palaces, castles, and rolling hills blanketed in wine vineyards.
Despite its industrial routes, Turin (Piedmont’s capital) actually is a vibrant, regal, and chic city all in one. It boasts Baroque architecture dominated by grand palaces, elaborate old world cafes, and world-renowned museums.
9. Lake Maggiore: Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy. It divides the regions of Lombardy and Piedmont and crosses the border into Switzerland. You can combine both Lake Maggiore and Lake Como for a truly unforgettable wedding anniversary in Italy.
The Borromean Gulf is the arm of Lake Maggiore extending from Verbania to Stresa, which includes the beautiful Borromean Islands. The small towns of Baveno and Stresa have a luxurious and romantic atmosphere enhanced by the many aristocratic villas in the area dating back to the 19th century.
10. Rome: Rome is a bustling city so it may not be everyone’s first choice for an anniversary get-away. However, the Eternal City is one of the most important destinations in the world. Its masterpieces of art, imposing architecture, engineering, and ancient history will enrich anyone who dares to uncover the Roman Empire’s mysteries. Rome is also close enough to Sorrento and the Amalfi coast, so you can consider visiting both areas on your trip. Or, if you prefer seeing the major art cities of Italy, then you can combine Rome, Florence and Venice.
Wherever you choose to go for your wedding anniversary in Italy, you are sure to have a romantic and special experience!