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Top 5 Romantic City Breaks


Are you looking for a getaway that combines love, enchanting destinations, and the thrill of exploring new places? We’ve put together a list of the top 5 romantic city breaks to whisk you away to some of the world’s most enchanting cities. Going solo or with friends? These places are still amazing spots to tick off the bucket list. (Just make sure you have your travel insurance sorted!)

1. Paris, France, AKA “The City of Love”:
Travel, vacation, romance concept. Young couple walking in Paris. Eiffel tower in background. Man and woman view from behind.

First up is Paris, unsurprisingly referred to as “the city of love”. It’s best known for its captivating landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Seine River, and the Sacre Coeur. The alluring architecture in this French hotspot exudes an atmosphere of romance and charm.

The city lets you sip coffee in a cute café, check out world class art The Louvre, or stroll through the lush gardens at the Palace of Versailles. If you’re after some romantic activities, check out the rich history booking a cruise down the river, or take a cosy picnic to the serene Jardin des Tuileries.

Top romantic tip:

While the famous Love Lock Bridge (Pont des Arts) no longer allows padlocks due to structural preservation laws, it remains a symbol of enduring love. In the past, couples adorned the bridge with personalized padlocks, sealing their commitment and tossing the key into the river. Though the tradition is now prohibited, the Love Lock Bridge stands as a testament to the city’s romantic allure—an attraction you won’t want to miss.  

2. Venice, Italy, AKA “The Floating City”:

male in a black and white striped t-shirt rowing a gondola through the Venice canals

Venice is known as ‘the floating city’ due to its unique infrastructure and layout. Its buildings look to be rising straight from water, due to it being built on 118 islands of the Venetian lagoon. Because of this, the best mode of travel is by water through the canals instead of stomping the pavement.

Top romantic tip:

Take a charming gondola ride for two through the winding canals of Venice. It’s believed that if you kiss under The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte Dei Sospiri, in italian) at sunset, just as the bells of the St. Mark’s Campanile ring your future will be blessed with eternal love.

3. Reykjavik, Iceland, AKA “The Bay of Smokes”:

Couple kiss on a rock below the Green Aurora borealis shimmers over Reykjavik, Iceland.

Reykjavik is known as “The Bay of Smokes” in Icelandic, because of the steam rising from the beautiful hot springs in the area. Due to Iceland being located between two tectonic plates, its littered with geothermal activity, which means geothermal spas – warm pools heated straight from the earth.  

Top romantic tip:

If you visit Iceland between October and March there’s also a chance you’ll witness the majesty of the aurora borealis, or as it’s more commonly known: the Northern Lights. If the conditions are right, you’ll see these beautiful lights dancing across the night sky. Many use this phenomenon as the perfect time to pop the question!

4. Rome, Italy, AKA “The Eternal City”:

The Trevi Fountain, rome, Italy.

Rome is considered romantic for many reasons, mainly its unrivalled history, stunning architecture (such as the Colosseum and Pantheon), incredible food and laid-back atmosphere. You can also spot lots of locations mentioned in literature and film. One of the most famous being the Spanish Steps, as featured in the 1953 romantic comedy “Roman Holiday,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Top romantic tip:

One of Rome’s most iconic landmarks is The Trevi Fountain. Tradition dictates tossing a coin into the fountain grants you a wish. Rumour has it one coin ensures your return to Rome, two coins will give you romance with a Roman and three guarantees marriage with them!

5. Bath, UK, AKA “The Spa City”:

A view of Bath, UK at night.

If you’re looking for a stay closer to home, Bath is the perfect destination. The city was founded in the 1st century AD by the Romans, who used the natural hot springs as a thermal spa. It is one of the best-preserved pieces of Roman architecture in the world and the entire city is made of a gorgeous honey white limestone. With most of the buildings showing off stunning Georgian architecture.

Top romantic tip:

Although the Roman-built baths are no longer accessible, you can see them as a spectator. Then head to the newly built thermae spa, which is still heated by the hot springs and has a rooftop pool in the middle of the city! The award-winning natural Thermae Spa is Britain’s only naturally heated spa.

Do I need Travel insurance?

While love is undoubtedly in the air during romantic city breaks, it’s crucial to prepare for unexpected twists and turns that may arise during your journey. Which is why Travel Insurance is so important for any trip, providing you with peace of mind and safeguarding your romantic escape.

How can Travel insurance help?

If you book Travel insurance through GoSkippy you will get:

  1. 24hr Medical Emergency Service: Ensure you’re covered for medical emergencies, ensuring prompt and comprehensive healthcare should the need arise. You’ll be covered up to £15 million for medical emergencies.
  2. Trip Cancellation: Life is unpredictable, and plans may change. Protect your investment with coverage for trip cancellations up to £12,500 per person.
  3. Lost or Delayed Baggage: Don’t let a lost suitcase dampen your spirits. Travel insurance can provide baggage cover up to £3000.
  4. Personal Liability: Cover up to £2 million per person in the instance you are deemed liable to pay damages due to accidental bodily injury to someone or for loss of damage to someone’s property.

Remember, love knows no bounds, but a comprehensive travel insurance policy can certainly provide a safety net for any unforeseen hiccups along the way. Happy travels!

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