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24th Jan 2017 12:00am | By Rebecca Kent
Valentine's Day is not far away away - if you haven't already, it's about time you sorted out your Valentine's plans. Here's our pick of Europe's best sexy spots for a romantic break - it's not too late to book...
Old Street in Rome, Italy credit: Katarina_B/iStock
Even before Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck drove off into the sunset on their moped in the 1953 classic love flick Roman Holiday, Rome had wormed its way into the hearts of romantics worldwide.
At every vista, every piazza and every fountain, there’s inspiration for the romantic in all of us.
As well as admiring such classic monuments as the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica, you can explore the Seven Hills, watch the world go by from the Spanish Steps, or sip Chianti in tucked-away piazzas.
A lovers’ break also wouldn’t be complete without soaking up the beautiful views of the fabled Trevi Fountain, a Baroque masterpiece and eternal symbol of love.
Gelato in hand, stroll by the fountain of the Four Rivers at Piazza Navona. Don’t forget to throw in a coin and make a wish.
Though Rome has an energetic buzz about the place, urban sanctuaries away from the hubbub are never far off. Spend a late afternoon taking a stroll along the Tiber river and from the bohemian centre of Trastevere up to Janiculum Hill. The city vista at the crest – especially at sunset – is a view that could make any heart flutter.
You don’t have to be a pilgrim to appreciate the stunning approach to St Peter’s Square, the Via della Conciliazione, especially at night, when the Basilica is cast in warm light.
Take in the surroundings, turn back around to the Borgo Pio that surrounds Vatican City, and have a candlelit dinner at one of the restaurants.
Finally, it’s not uncommon to see lovers stealing kisses at Pincio gardens, while gazing over the magnificent Piazza del Popolo in Villa Borghese, Rome’s most popular park. Even lovebirds of the feathered kind dance flirtatiously upon the Pincio balcony.
So, if you’re looking for somwehere to profess your deepest affections come February 14, the only difficulty you’ll have is narrowing down your options. You haven’t lived until you’ve loved in Rome, as they say.
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