Is there a country that is more romantic than Italy?
If you are a couple that loves art and culture, you can’t miss the experience of visiting Italy or even celebrating your honeymoon there. Italy is the 5th most populous European country, having 61 million inhabitants; it’s also one of the most visited countries due to its beauty.
Its history and culture are impressive; according to UNESCO, 60% of the world art heritage is found in Italy. Remember that “the piano” was invented in this country in 1709.
Italy is also known because of its fountains; between them, the Trevi fountain stands out the most, where tourists throw near 3000 euros in coins per day because of the myth born with the movie Three Coins in the Fountain (1954). The myth says: “If you throw a coin: you’ll return to Rome. If you throw 2 coins: You’ll find love with an attractive Italian girl or guy. If you throw 3 coins: You’ll marry the person you met.”
Also, one of the best parts of visiting Italy is its people. Italians are creative and innovators, sincere and with a positive mentality of always moving “Avanti” (always moving forward), “failure” doesn’t exist for them. They are proud of their food, culture, and art in general; they love who they are.
Must go to cities in Italy:
Rome is Italy’s capital and without a doubt is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s known as the “Eternal City” for its rich history. In spite of that, you’ll also be able to enjoy their modern attractions, such as their haute cuisine restaurants. We all know that the best pasta is found in Italy, but there’s also their delicious and fragrant loaves of bread and panettones, and how could we forget one of the most famous ice creams (gelato) worldwide from Gelateria Corona, made with fresh ingredients. It’s highly recommended to dine at one of the restaurants in Trastevere, some of the most romantic are located there. You’ll find out why Rome is one of the best cities in the world.
Rome is full of commercial streets with products that you’ll be able to find only there. You’ll lose track of time in the merchant stands from the Mercado de Campo de’Fiori, enjoying their smells and flavors, and something you cannot miss, are the monuments and ruins of the Coliseum and the magnificent Pantheon.
When speaking of romance, you can’t forget Venice. It’s a city you can visit any time of the year, and it’s full of watercourses that give this peculiar city a touch of sensuality. Navigating through Venice’s channels in a gondola is an unforgettable experience, especially if you are beside your beloved partner. Venice is a city flooded by love.
Other famous tourist stops are San Marco Square, the well known Ducal Palace and the Rialto Bridge, the most famous one in the city. You can stay at one of their palaces turned into prestigious hotels.
To describe Florence in one word it could only be Gorgeous! It definitely is one of the best places in Italy because of its cultural wealth. It has many places to visit, like the historic center of Florence, where you can find: the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery or the Ponte Vecchio. We recommend you visit this city and enjoy all of its wonders.
The Tuscany region is one of the most gorgeous places you could visit in Italy. The Tuscany territory is full of hills and mountains: the Apennine mountains travel across the Lunigiana, Garfagnana, Mugello and Casentino hollows.
Get lost in the wonders of its undulating and green territory, while listening and enjoying the Tuscan dialect, in which Dante Alighieri wrote his marvelous novels. Did you know that Tuscany is the Italian dialect that most closely resembles Latin?
The places that you can’t miss while visiting this wonderful region are:
Siena is one of the most famous cities in the Tuscany region. You can get there taking a train from any other Italian city. On July 2nd and August 16th, Siena celebrates el palillo, a horse race that originated in medieval times, in which every district of the city participates.
This city, which was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, has a lot of history and stunning architecture. It’s delightful to walk through its streets, lined with tourist attractions, not leaving behind the gastronomy, that will be a delicacy even to connoisseurs of fine cuisine
This is one of the places with the most tourist activity inside the Tuscany region; it’s known as the Medieval Manhattan due to its towers. To get there, you need to take a train to Poggibonsi, the nearest train station (because the town doesn’t have one of their own), and from there, take a bus to San Gimignano, which takes about 25 min.
At San Gimignano you’ll enjoy their impressive architecture and their exquisite gastronomy. In this town you can find restaurants and ice cream shops on every street, where you can taste whatever you want, wherever you are.
Something we recommend to couples, is to walk through the town during the sunset, going through the 13 towers that defeated time, it is an enchanting and romantic experience.
Rising over the landscape, the beautiful Montepulciano stands out, a city you can visit departing from Siena; the bus trip takes about 2 hours. Once you’re in the city, give yourself the time to visit places as lovely and outstanding as the Piazza Grande, the Cathedral, the Palazzo Bucelli, the Sant’Agnese Church or the Sant’Agostino Church; symbolic monuments from one of the most beautiful cities in the Tuscany region.
Nowadays it is one of the most known cities from Tuscany because the well known movie saga Twilight was recorded there. Sadly, it doesn’t have a direct train connection, but it’s near the Pisa airport, being only 39 miles apart.
The city is surrounded by the Etruscan walls, which are older than the Roman ruins, and it has an impressive archeological museum, a fortress and a Roman theatre. All this wonderful architecture is interspersed with a green countryside, which splatters the city with vivid colors.
This city is between Pisa and Florence; it’s protected by the imposing wall that surrounds Lucca, which is one of its distinctive characteristics. This wall was built in the 16th century and remains intact to this day in spite of the long time.
We invite you to explore its medieval streets, its antique Roman churches and its elegant handicraft shops. You can find many important places in Lucca that you can’t miss. Within these places, you can find: the city walls, the Palazzo and the Guinigi Tower, the Basílica of San Frediano, the Lucca Cathedral, or the Tower of Hours.
One of the places with the most tourist activity is definitively Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, placed over the ruins of the old amphitheatre with an oval shape that made it seem very unusual. In the city, you can also enjoy its restaurants, coffee shops, markets and stores.
Some hotels that we recommend to you in this region are Fonteverde, Bagni Di Pisa and Grotta Giusti, in which you can enjoy magnificent spas, restaurants, bars and shows to make your honeymoon unforgettable.
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Every day more newlyweds from the U.S. are choosing a love nest in the U.K., and Scotland for their own royal honeymoon:
Near the Heaven
Immerse yourself in the rugged peninsular landscapes of the Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands. It is a 3-day trip from Edinburgh. During your visit to Scotland's wild northwest coast, you’re driven through the Highlands, including stops at Glencoe and Loch Ness. You can eat breakfasts in the harbor town of Portree, where you’ll find local pubs and have plenty of time to explore the Isle of Skye with your guide. Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.
Discover the best of Edinburgh without the stress of public transit and massive crowds on this hop-on-hop-off bus tour. With your 48-hour pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a panoramic sightseeing excursion. You can choose route options with dozens of strategically placed stops, and if you want the added bonus of free entry to royal sites like Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. You and your loved one will be feeling like the king and the queen here.
Navigate by the Exciting Jacobite History
Take a tour of the Scottish Highlands that features historic locations linked to the Jacobite movement of 18th-century Scotland. Visit the village of Dunkeld, drive through Cairngorm National Park to Loch Ness, and stay overnight in Fort Augustus. You will have an exciting ride to Mallaig aboard the Jacobite steam train, featured as the Hogwarts Express in the popular Harry Potter films. Along the way, hear tales of battles fought by the Jacobites — supporters of the exiled King James II.
THE EVENTFUL OCCASION
Why not plan your honeymoon around one of Scotland's top events or festivals?
The Highland Games: Traditional heavy athletic events like tug-o-war and the caber toss, as well as Highland dance competitions, track and field events, and piping, the games are a spectacle like no other. And it all takes place against a scenic Scottish backdrop.
Hogmanay & New Year In Scotland: Hogmanay is what Scots call New Year's Eve - 31 December - the big night that marks the arrival of the new year. Its origins reach back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Vikings with wild parties in late December. But whatever the scale of the event and wherever it's held, Scotland's Hogmanay celebrations guarantee a warm welcome and more new friends than you ever knew you had, all in a frenzy of goodwill! For an unforgettable Hogmanay break, it's got to be Scotland.
Edinburgh International Festival And Summer Festivals: Over the summer, the Edinburgh festivals bring a wave of color and soaring excitement to the city. Seven spectacular festivals proudly serve up the most incredible smorgasbord of culture you could ever imagine, filling the city's performance venues and event spaces in late June, July, and August.
Lomo saltado is a popular, traditional Peruvian dish, typically served with white rice. The dish originated as part of the "chifa" tradition, the Chinese cuisine of Peru, though its popularity has made it part of the culture. Like many others dishes in Peru, it is one of the favorite ways to mix cultures that influence Peruvian cuisine . As a Peruvian it is one of my favorite dishes and the best part is that I can prepare it here in the USA where I have lived since 2004.
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Peruvian Lomo Saltado
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Your wedding is composed of many things, and flowers are an important ingredient. They can create a warm, beautiful and spectacular environment. In order to make the right selection pay attention to these tips:
● Language of flowers, every flower can say a different thing. Start your search by taking a moment to look through the different meanings behind flower varieties. For example gladiolus symbolize strength and moral integrity. Calla Lillies symbolize magnificence and beauty, Chrysanthemum symbolizes fidelity, optimism, joy and long life. A red chrysanthemum conveys love; a white chrysanthemum symbolizes truth and loyal love while a yellow chrysanthemum symbolizes slighted love, Daffodil symbolizes regard and chivalry. It is indicative of rebirth, new beginnings and eternal life, Daisy symbolizes innocence and purity, Gardenia symbolizes purity and sweetness. They indicate secret love.
● Size, One of the most important considerations in choosing a bouquet is getting the size right. A small bouquet is ideal for a pleasant sentiment while a large bouquet expresses a explosion of sentiments, in an exuberant manner. It is important to know, modern bouquets tend to be a bit smaller and less packed, while, traditional weddings will call for a larger, more sumptuous bouquet. A larger dress will probably look better with a larger bouquet as well, but it also depends on the style of the dress, just like the style of the bouquet.
● Shape is another thing worth considering when choosing a bouquet. Popular shapes are round, symmetrical designs, long crescent designs, or cascading designs. Crescent designs have longer pieces that shoot out from one side as opposed to the other, while cascading designs have long pieces that hang down to the bottom of the bouquet.
● Color is another important factor in choosing a flower arrangement, and is heavily dependent on the sentiment you want to convey. Color choice and type of flower go hand in hand with the purpose for your bouquet, so give each equal consideration.
● Some colors meanings are:
○ Red is the color of energy, passion, action, ambition and determination.
○ Orange is the color of social communication and optimism.
○ Yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect. It is optimistic and cheerful.
○ Green is the color of balance, growth, and self-reliance.
○ Turquoise is communication and clarity of mind.
○ Purple is the color of the imagination. It can be creative and individual.
○ Pink is unconditional love and nurturing.
○ Magenta is a color of universal harmony and emotional balance. It is spiritual yet practical, encouraging common sense and a balanced outlook on life.
○ White is color at its most complete and pure, the color of perfection. The color meaning of white is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion.
● Price may also be a consideration in the selection of the size of the perfect bouquet, although it's also important to consider the destination. Therefore, don't choose something too large and difficult to transport.
I hope this information will be helpful for you!
How to pick the right bouquet
Meaning of colors
Peru, land of the Incas, has a large history of ancestral cultures like Paracas, Chavin, Mochica, Wary and Inca among others with much wisdom and mystery that will transform you. Peru offers newlyweds luxury hotels on beautiful beaches, the exotic jungle and the majestic Peruvian highlands,´Sierra´.
If you are an adventurous couple you can maximize your adventure and fun during your trip with sports like Biking, Ziplining, Rafting and Hiking with exotic and spectacular views. If you like to eat, Peru has one of the best cuisines in the world.
Start your Love History in Lima
I recommend spending a couple of nights in Lima to get to know ´The Kings City´ and its wonderful cuisine. You must visit Miraflores and Barranco district, enjoy the views of the Pacific ocean. Don't miss "El Circuito Magico del Agua", the perfect setting for a romantic evening stroll, Lima’s Magic Water Circuit located at the "Parque de la Reserva", is a great spot to visit in the evening with all of its flowing fountains alight with iridescent colors and accompanied by music and a laser show. For lodging, we recommend Belmond Miraflores Park in the district of Miraflores with its many amenities and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. In the morning go to historic Lima, the downtown, and visit the Cathedral, the catacombs at San Francisco church, try the famous "Chifa" Peruvian Chinese food at China town in Capon Street.
The Exotic and Sensual Amazonia
From Lima, you might be taking a short flight to the city of Iquitos, Peru`s capital of the Amazon Rainforest for a luxury honeymoon. Cruise down the Amazon River: the MV Aqua, Aria Amazon or the M/F Delfin Cruises, based in Iquitos, are five-star river cruise small ships furnished with deluxe suites that include huge picture windows. You can watch the river go by from the comfort of your California king-sized bed. These cruises feature cuisine made from fresh local ingredients prepared by internationally recognized chefs. Discover and marvel at the exuberant nature, taking excursions. Regular excursions to see wildlife are taken from small launch boats that include comfortable padded seating. These cruises even feature a jacuzzi on its observation deck!
The Millenary Machu Picchu
Your trip wouldn’t be complete without the “Imperial City” of Cusco and the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu. You can choose any luxury Hotel in Cusco like Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Inkaterra in Machu Picchu Pueblo. Many of them have a blend of rustic and colonial architecture, great food and many amenities, including a luxury spa for couples to enjoy.
Cusco is a beautiful city which mixes the Inca archeology with the colonial, you can go to the artisan neighborhood, do adventure sports and much more. And not to mention the magic, mystery, and majesty of Machu Picchu, where you can transport yourself to Incas time.
Romance on the Beach
Another exciting option for your honeymoon is Peru`s northern beaches for a visit to the beautiful and warm sandy beaches of Mancora. We recommend Arennas Mancora, a luxury hotel. Try the exquisite northern cuisine (one of the most recognized of Perú), and splendid beaches. Activities include surfing, water skiing, horseback riding, or just lying around on the beach. Mancora is a truly romantic destination for honeymooners with its warm tropical ocean waters, and exquisite ocean sunsets. Excellent to rest and spark your romance, before starting the return home.
Summer is here and for me summer means beach! I grew up in Lima, Peru with gorgeous beaches 30 minutes from home. I have so many great memories about it and I thought that whenever you are planning your family getaway, your annual vacation or to celebrate a special milestone, you should check this lovely vacation home.
When you book this property, you are also helping others in need while you are vacationing. I just absolutely love that about this place!
Here come the comments made by Mary Liechty, owner of this property:
“We wanted to purchase a vacation home because we have been going to Siesta Key for more than 20 years. We decided that besides talking to a realtor we should also talk to a local rental agency. "What are the first things people ask you when they want to rent a home on Siesta Key?" "How far is it from the beach?" "How many bedrooms does it have?" "How much does it cost?"
After we heard what people most desire we decided to buy the biggest condo that was closest to the water. So our three bedroom, three bathroom condo meets all the requirements for what people look for on this often rated #1 beach in the United States. Then we decked it out with the most wonderful "coastal living" decor we could imagine. We even added some unique art projects to help the space pop. Crescent 502
Our condo community, The Crescent, is wonderfully small, but boasts two pools and a sleepy atmosphere to match the "Siesta" environment of Siesta Key. There is a little village on the north side of the island but even that is laid back and rarely gets too busy, except for a bit of night life. Sparkly clean beach, powder sugar white sand and an extremely lovely view make this a great location to either rent or own. Besides all the beach activities you might like to indulge in are the other fun Florida things that might entice you during your stay. Visit the everglades in an airboat, just a short drive away. Enjoy swimming with manatees. Go shopping on the famous St. Armand's Circle. Walk through the spectacular John & Mabel Ringling art museum and mansion, Ca'd'zan. You can even enjoy tons of great meals in the wonderful assortment of restaurants in the Sarasota area. Don't miss the Amish Restaurant called Yoder's. Their pies are to die for.
Owning a condo on the beach has some perks, I mean you can go to the beach whenever it isn't rented. You can take family and friends and enjoy a lovely shared time. It also has some responsibilities. Of course, there is upkeep, maintenance and you have to pay an agent or a leasing site if you want to rent it out. We decided that we would rent our condo and set it up to be a business from the beginning. We figured it would be great to have other people make our mortgage payment for us. However, one of the things we have had the most fun with is donating our condo to our favorite charity and watching people give more money to them than we could ever collect as rent. That is very satisfying.
If you wish to visit the beach check out Crescent 502. If you want to buy a vacation home find out where people want to be, and then buy that. It has been a fun and profitable investment for us”
This article was provided by Mary Liechty
If you are planning a family reunion or some special milestone celebration and are looking for the option of vacation home, my friend Mary Liechty, has a beautiful property for your family to enjoy!
This is what Mary has to say about it:
“We live in Texas. We know hot!
Therefore, years ago my husband and his brother bought a home together in the mountains so that we could escape. The brothers are very close and we both have good sized families. We wanted something that would hold everyone. Well, it did at least before all the kids started having our grandchildren. We decided that being a little outside the busy town atmosphere of Breckenridge suited us just right so our six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house is just south of town on the border with Blue River, Colorado. We love the view from the balcony overlooking the summit.
Right from the start we knew we wanted to rent our lovely home and set it up to be a business that we could also enjoy ourselves. We used a popular listing agency everyone has heard of. It has been quite successful. When you want to take a vacation, you expect to pay a certain amount of money for the rooms you will stay in. You also expect to go out to eat for every meal. When you rent a home, this is not the case. They are often the same price as your accommodations alone. You could shop and buy either limited food for a quick breakfast or even more to provide several meals and eat out less. It almost doesn't matter what you end up spending for your groceries - it is never as much as would be spent to go out to eat all those meals. Then there are the living areas, the media rooms, pool tables and maybe even some outside amenities like a hot tub or a pool. Not many hotels can let you spread out and relax like a house can.
The location for a vacation home is quite important and Breckenridge is a great town. It has so much to offer no matter what season of the year you want to go. In the winter, of course there is amazing skiing and snowboarding because Breck has a terrain park and one of the biggest ski areas around. You can also sled, snowmobile, dog sled and even do some ice-skating at the arena on the south side of town. In the summer a whole new list of things is available from hiking or mountain climbing (several 14ers are quite close to Breck), to white water rafting, mountain biking, or horseback riding. The town plans so many activities during the year - parades, international ice-sculpture, art shows, music festivals...the list could go on. The lovely Blue River runs right through the heart of Breckenridge and you are never out of sight of the majestic mountains that tower over everything.
Although there are multiplied thousands of homes available for rent in Breckenridge or other locations, you probably won't blame me if I shamelessly promote our lovely mountain home. You can visit 36 Wagon Road LLC anytime there is availability. You can see many lovely pictures of the inside of our home on this site and check the calendar to see if the dates your group would like are open. If you have been thinking about renting a vacation home I encourage you to take the plunge. Most of the owners are very nice folks and I'm sure your group will have a great time.”
Here is her Facebook page where you can contact her for more information
This article was provided by Mary Liechty from 36 Wagon Road LLC.
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