World's Most Romantic Hotels
No. 8 (tie) Villa d’Este, Cernobbio, Italy
Perhaps the only thing more irresistible than George Clooney is his adopted home of Lake Como, Italy. It’s ringed with a procession of ornate villas, with the majestic Alps as backdrop. Built in 1568, this grande dame has romanced couples from Clark Gable and Carole Lombard to Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra (with Brangelina thrown in for good measure). It could be the heady scent of camellias, jasmine, and magnolias as you stroll past terraced water gardens, 500-year-old plane trees, and topiary. Or the moonlight glowing on the water as you sip Prosecco on your terrace. Or a slow dance as a jazz band plays lakeside each night beneath the stars. The old dame has taught couples a thing or two about romance in her near half-century on these shores.