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The Most Romantic Cities In the World

Travel + Leisure Logo By Travel + Leisure Staff of Travel + Leisure | Slide 1 of 21: <p>Winding waterways and pastel piazzas make <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/venice">Venice</a> an obvious choice for the world's most romantic city. Cruise the canals by water taxi or take it slow on a quintessential gondola past the Bridge of Sighs. Sip one of the oldest hot chocolate recipes at Cafe Florian, and enjoy the unusual silence permitted by the absence of cars. First-time visitors should hop over to Murano to learn the history of the city's stunning glassworks. Return travelers, however, should try to get lost <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/off-the-beaten-track-in-venice">off the beaten track</a>. Find your own favorite charming spot to share a pizza and watch the watercolor sunset reflecting over the canals.</p>

When we asked Travel + Leisure readers to rank their favorite cities in the world for romance in our 2016 World's Best Awards survey, the 20 results covered more than 7,840 miles, ranging from the palm-fringed beaches of Hawaii to the luxury hideouts of Monte Carlo.

Italy, unsurprisingly, holds fast to four spots on this year's list: one even claims the No. 1 title. Paris is a close second, and almost a requisite for any couple traveling in the name of love.

Beyond the beautiful but somewhat obvious picks, there are exciting new spots that ascended onto the list. The lavender fields of Aix-en-Provence, for example, and musical hills in Austria's Salzburg. Cliffside Carmel-by-the-Sea took bronze this year, beating other romantic Californian destinations like San Francisco and Santa Barbara.

A popular Hawaiian honeymoon spot climbed the ranks, propelled by a winning combination of flourishing city culture and eternal island beauty. And this year's No. 1 city in the world, Charleston, didn't disappoint travelers seeking an easy, romantic weekend getaway.

Couples seeking cityscapes and wild nightlife, or those yearning for rugged coasts and uninterrupted countryside, can easily find a destination on this list that satisfies their unique passions.

Turn your one-on-one time into an adventure of a lifetime with these most romantic cities in the world.

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