There are dozens of movies that remain forever linked in our minds as perfect places to fall in love. Rome took center stage as the setting for the film Roman Holiday, while Paris has been featured in several films including Before Sunset. Who can forget Atlanta, in Gone With The Wind?
While these cities place high on a list of romantic places to visit, I have compiled my own list of 5 Most Romantic Places To Visit.
- Niagara Falls, Canada and the U.S.
The falls straddle the international border between Ontario, Canada and New York state, U.S. The tallest of the falls, the Horseshoe Falls, are within the Canadian border. The Niagara Falls also featured as the backdrop for the movie Niagara, starring Marilyn Monroe.
- Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy
The famous arched bridge is suspended over the Rio di Palazza (Palace River)in Venice, Italy. Long associated as one the most important landmarks of Venice, the bridge’s original purpose was to connect the old prison in the Doge’s Palace to the new prison across the river. Today, it is said that lovers who drift beneath the bridge at sunset, while in a gondola, will have eternal love. There have been several high profile movies filmed in Venice, more recently The Tourist and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
- Geisha District, Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto is a city on the main island of Japan, Honshu. There are many areas of Kyoto that have literally been preserved with the look and feel of ancient Japan. If you meander around Kyoto, a city that is easily navigable on foot, you will still see geishas strolling along the cherry blossom lined boulevards, and tiny teahouses tucked along side streets. Temples frame the hillsides and pottery and deep-fried maple leaves can be found along the roads leading to the temples. It is a truly remarkable city. The most notable romantic movies filmed here are Memoirs Of A Geisha and The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise.
- Oahu, Hawaii
The busiest of the Hawaiian islands, there are still beautiful beaches and a great nightlife scene for couples visiting this island. Who doesn’t love the idea of falling in love in such a beautiful place, with the scent of flowers, luau music and the Aloha spirit carrying you adrift? Hawaii has a rich history, with movies being filmed there since the 1920’s. One of the most popular romantic movies filmed in Oahu was 50 First Dates, starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler.
- Lover’s Bridge, Paris, France
Lover’s Bridge, or Love Locks Bridge, is also known as Pont de Arts. It is a footbridge which crosses the Seine River into the Left Bank, St. Germain district. The bridge is famous for lovers coming to walk the bridge, leaving behind locks, which symbolize the permanence of their love. It has become such a famous landmark, that in 2014, the rails of the bridge collapsed, prompting changes enacted whereby ‘love locks’ are now banned. Paris, is of course, perhaps the most famous city in the world and one of the most visited by international tourists. Besides the Lover’s Bridge, couples can visit the museums, the infamous Moulin Rouge in Montmartre, or take a scenic and romantic cruise down the Seine River. Many famous romantic movies have been filmed here including Amelie, Before Sunset, and Paris, Je T’aime, starring Natalie Portman.
While this is by no means a complete list, it is nonetheless a compilation of some famous landmarks and places in the world that have long been famous for their connection to the idea of love. They remain some of my most favourite places in the world to visit. Perhaps you have had the opportunity to visit some or all of these magical places. Or it may be that you have created your own special, romantic spot, a place where you fell in love and will always revisit. The wonderful thing about cinematic love is that you not only get to visit these amazing places associated with some great love stories, but you get to visit them again and again.