Romantic Restaurants in Southern Italy

It’s February, the month dedicated to love. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, shops are bursting with chocolates, hearts (the bigger the better) and sweets for your sweet!

Restaurants are also busy preparing their special Valentine’s Day menu for those planning a romantic evening with their loved one.

Southern Italy has some pretty romantic restaurants that would seriously impress your date and guarantee a “bella figura”.

Check out some of these romantic restaurants in Southern Italy.

Amalfi Coast Romantic

CAMPANIA

Campania, especially along the Amalfi Coast, has a plethora of restaurants that offer swoon-worthy panoramas. Ristorante Eolo sits on one of these picturesque corners of the Amalfi Coast giving you a view of the coastline towards Positano. This elegant restaurant even adds an extra special touch with décor featuring local ceramics from Veltri sul Mare. As you can probably imagine, here you can dine on some of the freshest seafood accompanied by a wide selection of high quality wines.

Eolo Ristorante Amalfi: Via P.Comite, 3 – Amalfi (SA)

Grotta Palazzese Romantic

PUGLIA

Puglia is such an enchanting region in southern Italy with its delightful Trulli and impressive rocky coves. In Polignano a Mare, the Grotta Palazzese Hotel Restaurant is truly like something out of a fairy-tale. This restaurant is probably one of the most romantic places to dine in southern Italy. You make your along a narrow walkway leading you into this magical grotto. Dimly lit and overlooking the sea, this is without a doubt a truly romantic experience.

Grotta Palazzese Hotel Restaurant: Via Narciso, 59

matera night romantic

BASILICATA

Matera was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the Sassi cave dwellings. This town, which seems literally frozen in time, is undoubtedly captivating. The town has seen increased visitors after being named the 2019 Capital of Culture by the Ministry of Travel and Tourism in Italy. Here you can stay in trendy cave hotels. One of these cave hotels, Le Grotte della Civita, lets you book a truly romantic experience – a candlelit dinner accompanied by classical music set in a deconsecrated cave church.

Le Grotte della Civita: Via Civita, 28

Tiriolo Romantic

CALABRIA

For a special dinner with a view, we recommend Due Mariin Tiriolo. As you make your way up the windy road admiring the beautiful scenery of the hillside, you arrive in the historic centre which sits at the very top of the town. Here you’ll find authentic traditional dishes accompanied by an incredible view of the surrounding countryside. Sitting on the narrowest part of Italy – it allows you to admire both the Tyrrhenian and Ionian sea on a clear day. Sit outside to enjoy the view and watch the sunset as you feast on high quality foods.

Due Mari: Via Seggio, 2 Tiriolo

Naxos Taormina Romantic

SICILY

Taormina is a favorite for many visitors to Sicily – with its medieval streets, Greek ruins and spectacular views, it’s no surprise. It’s easy to get romantic in such an enchanting place! To top off a perfect romantic day, why not dine at Al Saraceno. This restaurant sits below a medieval castle, a short distance from the center of Taormina, and offers a breath-taking view of the Naxos Bay and Mount Etna. In the winter months, choose to dine in the main dining area and enjoy the warmth of the quaint décor and warm fire. While, in the summer months, you can choose to eat on the beautiful terrace where you can enjoy an incredible sunset.

Al Saraceno: Via Madonna della Rocca, 16/18

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