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Which is really the world's most romantic city?
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While cliché-hunters worldwide will be embarking on a pilgrimage to Paris, the so-called "City of Love", armed with a padlock and a selfie-stick, there is one European city that blows the French capital out of the water for romance.

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    Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, which is the most romantic city of them all? Forget the Magic Mirror, we've found the answer. Nestled in amongst the hills of Tuscany, on the banks of the weaving River Arno, Florence oozes romance.

  • Amble across the Ponte Vecchio
    Amble across the Ponte Vecchio

    Arguably the world's most famous and beautiful bridge is an icon of the city. Meander across the Arno and pick up a special Valentine's Day present for your better half at one of the Ponte Vecchio's famous jewellery shops. The bridge was the only one in the city not to be destroyed by the Germans during their retreat in 1944 because it was considered too important a cultural landmark. A walk across it, or a gaze towards it, will transport you through time.

  • Take a stroll around the Boboli Gardens
    Take a stroll around the Boboli Gardens

    Florence is peppered with luscious greenery and there is no spot more picturesque or romantic than the Boboli Gardens. Take a look inside the historic Pitti Palace before heading out into the perfectly sculpted gardens, which were the prototype that inspired Versailles. Ceremonial fountains, ancient trees, exquisite sculptures, Boboli is a romantic and cultural experience to cherish.

  • Watch the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo
    Watch the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo

    Florence is a city navigable almost entirely by foot and one of the longer strolls will take you up to the stunning vantage point of Piazzale Michelangelo. Stand beside a wonderful bronze cast of the artist's David and stare down on the city, which as the sun sets becomes a sea of street lamps illuminating a famous and fabulous skyline.

  • Soak up the exquisite Uffizi
    Soak up the exquisite Uffizi

    One of Florence's most irresistible calling cards is its rich and varied artistic heritage. From Michelangelo's David to the Piazza della Signoria, art is weaved into the fabric of the city. Its brightest gem? The Uffizi Gallery. There is surely nothing more romantic that gazing at the exquisite work of Botticelli, or strolling around the Renaissance masterpieces that mark this out as a special, special gallery.

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It's February 14, Valentine's Day if you will. We've spent the morning waiting for the postman to arrive, lunchtime cursing the Royal Mail, the afternoon double-checking gas bills for the acronym S.W.A.L.K., and the evening resigning ourselves to another 365 days of loveless letterboxes. The night, though, fortunately, is reserved for dreaming. And what better way to spend the blissful hours of bedtime than imagining a heavenly Valentine's Day 2018? While cliché-hunters worldwide will be embarking on a pilgrimage to Paris, the so-called "City of Love", armed with a padlock and a selfie-stick, there is one European city that blows the French capital out of the water for romance. Here is a guide to the perfect mini-break in the most romantic city on God's green and terracotta earth.

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