the French may think they they’ve cornered the market in romance, but we know that it’s the passionate Italians who can really say ‘I love you’ (or ti amo) with flair. After all, Saint Valentine himself was himself an Italian.
Tuscany is one of the most romantic places possible to spend Valentine’s Day with your other half. Here are our top five things to do in the region on the 14th that are bound to impress:
1) Take a hot-air balloon flight. Viewing the picturesque fields and villages of Tuscany from a height is an experience that can’t be bettered, and why not throw in a champagne breakfast to make it even more unforgettable?
2) Explore a city in a horse-drawn carriage – this excursion is perfect for true old-fashioned romantics and an excellent way to see some of Tuscany’s most famous and beautiful towns.
3) Book a cookery course for two: learning a new skill together is a great way to bond and you can continue the romance at home as you try out your new repertoire of delicious Tuscan recipes.
4) If your beloved loves chocolate – and who doesn’t? – then don’t stop at a simple box of chocolates. What could be sweeter than a chocolate-making tour – with plenty of sampling opportunities along the way, of course? Amedei’s chocolate is considered to be some of the finest produced anywhere in the world, and their Pisa factory offers regular tours (booking is strongly advised).
5) Nothing gets you in the mood for love more than being pampered, and Tuscany has plenty of spas to choose from. For elegance, history and beauty, it is hard to beat the Terme di Montecatini. The healing properties of the spa waters here have been renowned since Roman times, and many of the town’s stunning classical buildings date back to the 18th century. The Terme offers several packages specifically aimed for couples.
Whatever you and your loved one decide to do this Thursday, Tuscany is, without doubt, the best place in which to celebrate the most romantic day of the year.