Less known romantic places that worth a visit

If you and your sweetheart love to explore nature, a hike to Cuckolds Cove offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Then, savor ice cream and piping hot apple strudel while window shopping along Bearskin Neck.

Those who want to relive old Hollywood romance can hike to the Griffith Observatory, made famous by scenes from “Rebel Without a Cause.” Or, enjoy the romantic waterfalls and gardens at Tivoli.

1. San Gimignano

Located between Florence and Siena, this Tuscan hill town is the region’s glamor girl. The town’s famed skyline of medieval towers capture the way wealth and power were displayed in the Middle Ages.

While it’s worth a visit, smart travelers skip the crowds and go in late after the tour buses and vendors have left. They’ll find it easier to take in the medieval atmosphere without the distractions of clamoring vendors.

The town also has several restaurants that feature creative Tuscan dishes. One, La Mandragola on Via Diacceto, doesn’t shy away from adding sweet notes to its dishes, such as its rich vin santo duck pate and gnudi, ricotta and spinach balls.

2. Tivoli

Tivoli is an old-world amusement park in the center of Copenhagen. It has many rides, a food hall and interesting cultural events.

Those who want to see the real beauty of this place should visit it in September when school is back in session and the crowds are smaller. Those who want to save money on drinks should bring their own, but remember that cups are refundable at any of the drink stands inside Tivoli.

Art history buffs will enjoy touring the Renaissance villa gardens and fountains of this UNESCO World Heritage site. It also houses the excavated Roman villa of Hadrian.

3. Matera

Matera is like a fairy tale, with cave houses and a stunning church carved into rock. Take a local guide to learn fun facts and town secrets that day-trippers and bus tour groups miss. Watch the sunset and stroll around at night to see a magical Matera illuminated.

Wander the two neighborhoods of the sassi, a honeycomb of rocky ledges lined with stone houses and churches. There are more than 155 rupestrian churches in and around the Sassi, so pace yourself—you can’t see them all in one visit!

4. Bora Bora

The turquoise lagoon, white sandy beaches and dramatic mountain peaks make Bora Bora one of the most romantic places on Earth. But it’s not just about the beaches and water, there are also plenty of opportunities to get active.

For a truly unique and romantic experience, stay in an overwater bungalow. Some even have glass floors so you can watch fish swimming underneath you as you enjoy a relaxing massage.

Don’t miss trying the local seafood, including poisson cru, mahi-mahi and grouper. And a sunset cruise around the island is the perfect way to watch the sky turn pink, orange and red.

5. Hvar

Unlike its party minded sister, Hvar Town, Hvar Island offers stunning beaches and picturesque views throughout. Among them, the famous Tvrdava Fortica stands imperiously over the town.

The fort was rebuilt in the 16th century and is a great spot to enjoy spectacular views of Hvar and the Pakleni islands. You can also tour a local olive oil production facility to sample the delectable product.

The enchanting town of Stari Grad is another must-visit. St Stephen’s cathedral, which is a harmonious mix of Baroque and Renaissance features, is one of the town’s top landmarks.

6. Athens

Athens symbolizes all of Greece and it’s a popular destination because of its iconic ruins, but there is so much more to the city. Take in the sights and culture on a walking tour of Athens with an expert guide.

Visit a Bouzoukia to see and hear local singers sing traditional Greek music. It’s an experience that can’t be missed.

Enjoy a freddo cappuccino, one of three classic Greek coffees. Learn about the history and culture of the city on a free Athens tour.

7. Niagara Falls

A natural wonder, Niagara Falls is a popular honeymoon destination and draws tourists from all over the world. It has also been the inspiration for many romance stories.

Whether you take the Maid of the Mist for a thrilling ride or walk the high-wire round trip, a visit to this waterfall is sure to leave you in awe. It is the largest waterfall in North America and its power can be felt as you stand at the edge.