Sail to the remote islands of the Venetian Lagoon aboard Edipo Re
According to Ranker these are the best places to sweep your loved one off their feet. Which one is your favourite?
10. St Petersburg, Russia
Russia’s second largest city contains some of its most cultural gems. Take a tour of the Winter Palace, then head to the Hermitage, which is known as one of the best places in the world to see art.
9. Istanbul, Turkey
Take a tour of the exotic markets, Byzantine churches and Tokapi Palace. Then board a private boat and take a trip along the Bosphorus.
8. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
It’s the city of canals, museums and art’s grand masters. It’s utterly captivating. Take a bike ride along the tree-lined streets and pop some tulips in your basket.
7. Kyoto, Japan
When a city turns into a giant oversized florist in the spring, you definitely need to add it to the list. When the cherry blossom disappears, you still have the beauty of the temples, imperial palaces and gardens. Bliss.
6. London, England
London has already given us one Hollywood romance this year, so how about creating your own. Book into the Goring hotel, then board a private capsule on the London Eye to get the perfect view of the capital. Take a whirlwind tour of the city, before enjoying a play by the Bard at the Globe Theatre and dinner at the Oxo Tower.
5. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a magical city filled with bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes. It’s also one of the stops on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express. Now, there’s a good excuse to visit if ever we’ve heard of one.
4. Florence, Italy
Florence is the home of fashion houses, museums, galleries and the Ponte Vecchio – a medieval stone bridge that’s filled with jewellers. If this doesn’t impress – how about arriving by Ferrari?
3. Venice, Italy
Book into the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, which is set on Giudeca Island that overlooks St Mark’s Square. Sail to the remote islands of the Venetian Lagoon aboard Edipo Re, the boat that once saw love blossom between Maria Callas and Pier Paolo Pasolini.
2. Rome, Italy
For a trip to remember, drive up to Gianicolo, one of the hills overlooking the centre of Rome. It offers breathtaking views of the eternal city. Then head to L’Arcangelo for dinner. It combines history, tradition and mouthwatering dishes. They have very few tables so remember to make a reservation before you fly.
Drum Roll Please… 1. Paris, France
Food is the fastest way to someone’s heart so if your fiancé or fiancee’s is a foodie, book a suite at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée. For Alain Ducasse has reopened his restaurant at the hotel after a glittering makeover. You could book the Royal Suite that offers a view of the Eiffel Tower, you could go for a spin around the City of Love in the hotel’s Maserati Quattroporte or you could just order Ducasse’s souffle to win them over.