4 Hours In: Florence

Little has changed in Florence in the last 500 years, which makes visiting this medieval city so romantic. But to make the most of four hours, you'll have to skip some of the city's top destinations, like the Uffizi and Accademia museums. Focus your time on these intimate spots instead.

Climb the 414 steps to the top of the Campanile, the Duomo's bell tower, for a view of the city skyline and the hills beyond.

Kiss in the Boboli Gardens among the flowing fountains and sculpted hedges—just as members of the Medici family did when they lived in the nearby Palazzo Pitti.

Stroll along the Ponte Vecchio and window-shop its gorgeous jewelry stores.

Meet your beloved in the Badia Fiorentina, the oldest monastery in the city, where Dante used to meet his lover, Beatrice (Piazza San Firenze; entrance Via Dante Alighieri).

Play footsie under the table in a candlelit alcove at Alle Murate, the city's most romantic restaurant, set inside a 14th-century palazzo (caffeitaliano.it).

Indulge in a cup of hot chocolate on the terrace at the Caffè Rivoire. Established in 1872 as a chocolate factory, the Rivoire still manages to attract more locals than tourists (Piazza Della Signoria).

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