The Top 10 Places in Italy to Pop the Question: Make Your Proposal One to Remember!

So you’ve met the perfect person, done the falling in love and now you’ve decided that you want to spend the rest of your life with them and you want to ask them if they fancy that idea too.

“Will You Marry Me?” - Possibly the most significant four words you will ever ask your partner. The words that your partner will remember for the rest of your lives together. The words that will change them from your girlfriend/boyfriend to your fiancé(e), then to your husband/wife. Not to give you the heebie-jeebies, but there is a lot riding on this. So, we here at Zankyou are here to help you make your proposal in Italy one that will win your partner’s heart and put you in their good books for life.

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 1. Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Puglia

Let’s set this article off on the right foot, shall we? There are romantic restaurants and then there are romantic restaurants. And this one certainly falls into the latter category. Nestled in the comforting nook of a cave in Puglia, you and your significant other can dine to the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks quite literally below you. The atmosphere is lit by the natural reflection of the cerulean seawater and soft, romantic lighting. A truly magical and perfect place to get down on one knee as the sun sets in front of you.

Ristorante Grozza Palazzese
Ristorante Grozza Palazzese
Ristorante Grotta Palazzese
Ristorante Grotta Palazzese

2. Vernazza, Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is a string of five beautiful and quaint little towns on the northwestern Italian coast. Each one contains colourful townhouses and vineyards that cling to the rugged cliff side, making this adorable little hideaway the perfect location for a dream proposal. With no car access, Vernazza remains one of the few “true fishing villages” left on the Italian Riviera, retaining its oldy-worldy charm and architectural charisma.

Why not enjoy a delicious, fresh dinner and watch the sun set over the sparkling waters at the Ristorante Belforte? Consider it dinner and one of nature’s most beautiful shows.

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Ristorante Belforte

3. Grotta Azzurra, Campania (Capri)

Continuing on the cave theme, we have the Blue Cave or the “Grotta Azzura“, located on the beautiful island of Capri. Accessible by boat from Marina Grande, you have to lie back in a wooden rowboat in order to enter this spectacular cave, whose opening is less than a metre high. Once inside, look around at your enchanting surroundings, enjoy the feeling of your boat bobbing up and down on the artificially-blue-looking water and reach into your pocket for the ring…

Grotta Azzura – Flickr: Moyan Brenn
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4. Positano, Amalfi Coast

This small, cliffside village located on the Amalfi Coast of southwestern Italy is the perfect place for a romantic and heartfelt proposal. Complete with steep and narrow streets lined with charming cafés and bars, and famous for its black pebblefront beach, Positano is home to Ristorante La Sponda – an ivy-lined culinary paradise just waiting for you to get on one knee after the tiramisu and ask the most important question of your life…

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Ristorante La Sponda - Flickr: Renne Botchway
Ristorante La Sponda – Flickr: Renne Botchway

5. Villa Rufolo, Ravello

There are gardens and then there are gardens. Villa Rufolo is a breathtakingly beautiful building located in the historical centre of Ravello, a town in the province of Salerno, nestled in the ever-famous Amalfi Coast. The jewel in Ravello’s crown, Villa Rufolo is named after the family that built it in the 13th century. The building itself overlooks the cathedral square and the “Garden of the Soul” – a two-level landscape garden that is the optimum destination for your popping the question. Hint hint.

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6. San Galgano Abbey, Tuscany

There is something so magical about walking around a grandiose and robust yet partially-ruined building. The idea that a structure so powerful and awe-inspiring has experienced vulnerability and still remains somewhat intact. Use it as symbolism for your relationship, if you so wish! The Abbey of San Galgano is located a mere 35km south of Siena and is best reached by car. Why not wander around the ruins and soak in the historical richness, and then take your love to an enclave and change the course of their life forever…

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7. Funicolare Brunate, Lake Como

I imagine that very few people can say that they’ve been proposed to on a funicular railway, so why not make your partner one of them?! This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the truly breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Como and the surrounding Alps, and admire the beauty of the world around you. The railway, which was established in 1894 connects the dazzling city of Como (home to the ever-famous Lake Como) to Brunate in Lombardy, northwestern Italy. Ascend to lofty heights with your partner in tow and visit the Chiesa di Sant’Andrea (Church of St Andrew the Apostle) for some stunningly intricate frescoes and ultimate tranquility.

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8. Fonte Gaia, Siena

For most people, the “fountain proposal” can’t be topped by the Trevi Fountain in Rome, or the Belaggio Fountain in Las Vegas, however, for people who want to escape the incredibly touristy vibe that comes with proposing in front of a famous fountain, Fonte Gaia is the answer to your prayers. A structurally-beautiful monument located in Siena, Tuscany, Fonte Gaia has all the aesthetics that come with the Trevi, such as the whitewashed stonework, the lovely blue water, the impressive intricacies in its design. But it is spared the obnoxious tourism so your proposal can be intimate and for your enjoyment only.

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9. Villa d’Este, Tivoli

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a remarkable illustration of the most refined Renaissance culture. Complete with a palace, gardens, fountains, ornamental basins and other 16th-Century features, Villa d’Este is the optimum place for you to propose in a romantic and vivid setting. The combination of its impressive water fountain, plus the luscious and varied flora will make for some divine photographs of you and your new fiancé(é).

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10. Prato della Valle, Padova

Last, but by no means least is the Prato della Valle, located in Padova, northern Italy. The largest square in the entire country, measuring a whopping 90,000 square metres, it is a must-see for couples who have ventured up to the northern part of the country. The park in which it stands is alive with canals, statues, lawns and trees, and a beautiful backdrop for some of the most romantic memories of your lives together. Sit on the grass and relax, take a leisurely stroll around the park and enjoy the al fresco. If you’re looking for a more relaxed proposal setting, then the Prato is definitely for you!

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So there you have it! The Top 10 Places to Pop the Question in Italy! Forget the typical hot-spots such as Venice, Rome and Milan and opt for something a little different, exciting, and unique. After all, this is the beginning of your happily ever after, so you want to make it a good one from the start!

TIP: Why not hire a photographer to capture your engagement and present you with some stunning photographs to remember the moment by? Check out the following 3 options: Emiliano Russo  being a) a wonderfully talented professional photographer who has dedicated his life to capturing special moments in people’s love lives and b) bilingual, is therefore able to communicate perfectly with you both and capture exactly the essence that you want him to. Click here to find our more about Emiliano and his services!

Or how about Foto Silva? Also specialists in videography, they can create a package for you that will exceed your expectations. Click here to find out more about their services!

And last but not least, Daniele Muratore? He will help make your proposal photos some of the greatest memories you’ll ever have. Click here to find out more about Daniele and his services!

If you’re considering tying the knot in Italy, then you must check out:

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