Visit 4 romantic cities to follow the trails of your favourite romantic movies.
Shakespeare’s classic tale of Romeo and Juliet has been retold in numerous movies and stage productions. The conflict between two families that ends in tragedy is set in Verona, Italy.
Verona, the second largest city of the Veneto Region, is dubbed ‘Little Rome” due to the rows of ancient buildings connected to each other. The orange roof tiles that seem to cover every building in the city are eye-catching. Verona’s Arena stands like a small version of the coliseum; and the Roman Ponte Pietra Bridge constantly lures visitors to take photos.
The site that is most popular among visitors is an old hotel on Via Cappello Road that the tourism authority in Verona suggests was Juliet’s house. It draws a continuous flow of visitors wishing to take pictures of the balcony on which Juliet supposedly waited for her sweetheart.
As the capital of England and the United Kingdom, London may appear as just another bustling and populous metropolis, but there are areas so full of romantic ambience that they were chosen as the settings for three blockbuster movies: Notting Hill, Love Actually and About Time.
The story lines of these three British movies introduce movie fans to charming areas in the capital city, such as Notting Hill, where lively Portobello Road Market is located. The market is a fun place to shop for bric-a-brac and quite similar to a lively walking street market. Trafalgar Square appears in Love Actually. Despite being a political center and a place that commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, the architecture and statues in the area are very elegant. It is an inviting neighborhood to stroll around. Anybody who would like to be at the restaurant which Tim and Mary, from About Time, go to after the party, can visit Zorba's Greek Taverna, a Greek restaurant in Bayswater.
At midnight, the capital of arts is still awake and takes us to a party scene and the romance of Midnight in Paris, making us fall in love with Paris even more.
In the movie, a miraculous scene begins at the Gothic Saint-Étienne-du-Mont church, the meeting place where Gil Pender, lead character of the movie, travels back in time. Other settings featured in the movie are also famous tourist destinations, such as Monet’s Garden, whose beauty Claude Monet captured on canvas; the Musée Rodin, where many masterpieces of sculptors are displayed and the World Heritage Site Palace of Versailles, whose legendary beauty is incomparable.
For those who wish to experience the romantic atmosphere of the rooftop party featured in the movie, head to Hotel Le Meurice, where you can see scenic Paris and the Eiffel Tower at dusk in the background.
It is not often that a movie production team from the West shoots a film in Taiwan, but a few years back Taipei was chosen as the location for a sweet teenage romance movie. The film X+Y or A Brilliant Young Mind features a British teenage prodigy who falls in love with a Chinese girl he met at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO).
Taipei was the city where important scenes were filmed, and the charms of this chic city are presented from many interesting angles: modern Taipei 101 Tower, traditional Shilin Night Market and Xi Men Ding shopping area, where the traditional way of life is the norm. You may already be tempted to take your sweetheart to find something to eat at these places.