10Best Finds Romance Along Italy's Bay of Naples

  • View on Amalfi, Italy

    Amalfi Coast: Italy's Most Romantic Drive

    Of all the scenic drives in the world, the spectacular Amalfi Coast is arguably one of the most romantic. With jaw-dropping views of picturesque towns and golden cliffs hanging over azure seas, it's no wonder that this area has captured the hearts of tourists, writers and filmmakers over the centuries. One of the most visited seaside destinations in the world, the Amalfi Coast is also a favorite international wedding destination.

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  • Sorrento, Italy

    Return to Sorrento, Again and Again

    According to mythical legend, the Sirens are said to have sung their irresistible song off the coast of Sorrento, to the doom of many a sailor. These days, romance can be had in a less dangerous fashion. Sorrento's picturesque bay, seaside promenade, ancient cobblestone streets, and breath-taking views over the Bay of Naples make it a lovers' paradise.  True to the lyrics of the old Neapolitan song, "Return to Sorrento," its beauty will compel you to return again and again.

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  • Forum at Pompeii

    Pompeii--A Look at Life in 1st Century A.D.

    Imagine the preserved architectural remains of an ancient city that sprawls over 100 acres, and you will know why Pompeii is Italy's most famous archaeological site. You can almost hear the roar of the lions as you stand in the center of the massive amphitheatre or feel the bustle of the vendors in the great market place. Hold your lover's hand in the majestic Forum and pledge your eternal devotion.

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  • Italian seafood platter

    The Food of Love is Italian Cuisine

    Italy could well be the birthplace of the farm-to-table concept so popular today. Italian cuisine boasts the freshest of ingredients, which includes an incredible bounty of seafood plucked fresh from the Mediterranean Sea. The Bay of Naples is known for its superb restaurants and trattorias, in every price category. 

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  • Positano, Italy

    Positano: One of the Amalfi Coast's Most Romantic Towns

    Known as the "Pearl" of the Amalfi Coast, Positano morphed from a formidable sea power of the Middle Ages into one of the most popular visitor destinations in Italy. Luxury hotels, fashionable shops, first-class restaurants, and plenty of romantic plazas and cobblestone streets to explore are part of its attraction and popularity.

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  • Cat on a car roof, Amalfi Italy

    Man's Best Friends Add to Italy's Charm

    Long before it became trendy, Italy has always been known as a pet-friendly destination. The country's dogs and cats sun themselves on city streets (the cats preferring the roofs of parked cars) and are welcome in most sidewalk restaurants, cafes and stores.

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  • View on Herculaneum, Italy

    Go Back in Time for a Look at Life in the First Century A.D.

    The ancient city of Herculaneum is one of the few cities destroyed during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. that can be admired in its almost original splendor. Because the volcanic ash buried the entire town so quickly and deeply, much of what existed at the time of the eruption was unearthed unscathed. Visit the city's communal bath bedecked with frescoes and mosaics, public restaurants, and patrician villas for an up close and personal look back 2000 years in time.

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  • Temple of Augustus, Herculaneum

    Admire Frescoes that Survived Two Thousand Years

    For an awe-inspiring look at frescoes that are as fresh and vibrant as if they were painted yesterday, visit the Temple of Augustus in Herculaneum. The walls of this massive edifice are covered with scenes from the Hercules myths and are a marvel to behold, due to their artistry, brilliant colors and preserved condition.

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  • Mt. Vesuvius, Bay of Naples

    Mt. Vesuvius--the Sleeping Giant Over the Bay of Naples

    It's hard to imagine, looking out over the placid Bay of Naples and the majestic Mt. Vesuvius, that the still-active volcano once brought an end to the civilization that thrived here in the first century A.D. Vesuvius continues to be a source of wonder and romance, having been memorialized in countless works of art, poetry, prose and music over the decades.

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  • Villa Oplontis, Bay of Naples

    View the Lifestyle of the Rich & Famous in the 1st Century A.D.

    Rumor has it that Poppaea Sabina, wife of the infamous Roman emperor Nero, spent her days in extravagant luxury in the Villa Oplontis, a Unesco World Heritage site located on the shores of the Bay of Naples. Excavations that continue to this day have unearthed a Roman estate that boasted an Olympic-sized swimming pool, lavish  baths, and more than 100 rooms filled with sumptuous frescoes. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona