As you might be able to tell from this photo of me and my daughter Jessamy in Paris :), I absolutely LOVE to travel. Visiting new and exciting places fuels my creativity and keeps me inspired. Recently, I’ve been exploring Europe with my family, soaking up the sights in Paris, Barcelona and Rome. As I enjoyed everything these fabulous cities have to offer, I couldn’t help but think of the clients who come to me wondering where to get engaged.
Even before you’ve mentioned marriage, there’s something incredibly magical about whisking your partner away for a luxurious weekend city break. With this in mind, here are 5 romantic places to propose in Europe…
Photography by J D Mason
Yes, it’s cliché, but for good reason! Paris is steeped in romance, making it the perfect setting for a proposal. You could channel power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z at The Louvre (there’s even a trail that takes in all the iconic artworks from the music video Apesh*t) or visit the Eiffel Tower at night. You’ll find it sparkles for five minutes every hour on the hour, while its beacon shines out across the city. If you’d like to share some delicious French cuisine before or after your visit, my daughter and I recently dined at Monsier Bleu, a beautiful restaurant just a stone’s throw away.
Photography by Edgar Chaparro
For something a little different, head to the Wall of Love in Place des Abbesses, right next to the Abbesses Metro stop. A work of art created by Frédéric Baron, it features over 600 tiles imprinted with the words ‘I love you’ in all the different languages of the world.
Photography by Jessica To'oto'o
In terms of popping the question, I’d recommend dinner or cocktails in one of the city’s many rooftop bars. Hotel 1898 is a personal favourite. If you like live music alongside delicious food and drink, try the terrace at Hotel Pulitzer.
There are few city breaks more romantic than a ‘Roman Holiday’. Spend an evening strolling by the Spanish Steps, tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain, or gazing out across the glistening city from the top of Gianicolo Hill.
Photography by Christopher Czermak
A boat tour along the Tiber offers unique views of Rome’s most iconic sights, including Castel Sant’Angelo, St. Peter’s Basilica and Tiber Island. One of the river’s ancient bridges, Ponte Sant’Angelo, Fabricius Bridge or the Milvian Bridge, could also provide the ideal spot for your proposal.
Everything about Venice feels romantic! The capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, the city is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. There are no roads, just canals lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces.
Photography by Nick Karvounis
There’s plenty to see and do. Spend a long afternoon in the cafes on Piazza San Marco, admire the picturesque Grand Canal, or brave the crowds at Saint Mark's Basilica in the centre. You could also hire a gondola and propose on board. I’d advise you to speak to the gondolier beforehand and ensure you have a back-up plan in case the weather is against you. Perhaps ask the gondolier to sail under the Bridge of Sighs by the Doges Palace? Legend has it that if lovers kiss beneath the bridge, their love is sealed forever.
If Paris and Rome seem too obvious, show your imagination by picking Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Together you can visit the Vucciria and Ballarò markets, head to Monreale and admire the beautiful mosaics of the Duomo or walk along the beach of Mondello to enjoy the sunset.
Alternatively, why not plan an unforgettable night at the opera? Palermo’s Teatro Massimo is the largest opera house in Italy. Completed in 1897, it is built on a grand scale and lavishly decorated. You could even take a special tour of the theatre, finishing up with cocktails and an engagement in the royal box!
Photography by Giuseppe Bandiera
Finally, if cities aren’t your thing, I’d encourage you to consider the Italian Riviera. The Cinque Terre or ‘five lands’ – Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso, Riomaggiore and Manarola – is a collection of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged coastline overlooking the Med. In each village, you’ll find colourful houses and vineyards clinging to steep terraces, harbours filled with fishing boats and quaint trattorias turning out delicious seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto. The nearest airport is Pisa and the incredible sea views are the perfect backdrop for your proposal.
If you need some professional expertise and a few creative ideas to help you plan a memorable proposal, please get in touch.
Until next time,
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