Valentines Day in Florence? What a proposal. Florence and romance go hand in hand, and this makes the city a red hot favourite for Valentines Day visits. Here are a few ideas on what to do on the most loved-up day of the year. From spectacular panoramic views to famously romantic spots.
View from Piazzale Michelangelo. The ultimate lovers’ view.
One of the most stunning views in the world is the one from atop Piazzale Michelangelo, the panoramic terrace above Florence. From up here the view over the city is simply mesmerising. Piazzale Michelangelo is a classic. Newly married couples choose this as a location for their photos, and lovers come up here in search of the perfect sunset. It’s impossible not to steal a kiss here, or lose yourself in dreams. It’s a place to fall in love with life, beauty and Florence itself.
Walk along the river Arno at sunset
On a cold sunny day the river Arno is tinged with golden light. And when it’s misty, the Ponte Vecchio emerges like an apparition from the river. All around the hills twinkle with soft lights, and the elegant buildings admire their reflections on the water. This is the perfect setting for a special proposal. If it’s too early to pop the question, you could just snap a few romantic selfies instead.
Dante and Beatrice’s Church. The place for platonic love
After Romeo and Juliet, this must be one of the most romantic love stories in literature. Dante saw Beatrice for the first time when he was 9 years old in this small church in Florence, the Santa Margherita dei Cerchi Church. Then again 9 years later, when he was 18. From that moment, she became his obsession, his central thought, and his muse. His love was totally platonic however and the couple probably never exchanged words let alone share a kiss. They were both married to other people, and she died very young. But Dante never stopped loving her. This church has an effigy of Beatrice, who is not buried here, as many people think. Romantics from all over the world come here to breathe in the romantic air, and often leave written love messages.
The perfect Valentines Day in Florence – An aperitivo with an unbeatable view
Break the ice with your date in one of the most stunning locations in Florence. On the 6th floor of the Hotel Westin Excelsior in Piazza Ognissanti there’s an iconic locale that offers aperitivi, lunches and dinners, special menus and an intimate atmosphere. It’s right on the river Arno, and affords some magnificent views. Bring your special someone here for an artisan cocktail and watch the river floating by quietly below you.
The perfect romantic dinner in Fiesole
Fiesole is on a hill 7 kilometres from Florence and has always been considered by the Florentines to be a romantic spot. The views over the hills surrounding the city are breathtaking. The best way to get there is to book a car to take you up, and dine at one of the restaurants. The Reggia degli Etruschi is excellent, an all time favourite with locals and tourists alike, with an interesting menu and wine list. Book a table near the window for the best view.
Needless to say, Florence isn’t the only romantic destination in Tuscany. The area has many other special places for lovers to explore. Wherever you go in this magnificent region, love will never be far behind.