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How well do you know your surroundings? – Scotland edition

There’s an abundance of natural beauty to discover across the UK, and you’ll no doubt find a lot of it in Scotland. This spectacular location is full of rugged landscapes, architectural wonders, quaint villages and bustling cities – so you can guarantee you’ll find something for everyone if a staycation is on the cards this year. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite things to do if you’re planning a holiday in Scotland, from family experiences to breathtaking sights.

1 – Board the Hogwarts Express

HOGWARTS EXPRESS

Let’s face it; we all wanted a ticket for platform 9 ¾ when we were growing up to board the enchanting Hogwarts Express. Well, we’ve got the next best thing right here in Scotland. Hop on board the Jacobite Steam Train and enjoy an 84-mile round trip to admire breathtaking views of the scenery from your window seat. The train shuttles through places of interest including Loch Eil, Loch Morar and Mallaig, serving up some pretty special vistas along the way.

Where: Glenfinnan

2 – Northern Lights, In Scotland?

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Believe it or not, you can see the Northern Lights from Northern Scotland. It’s true, we’re not joking. Experiencing the beautiful Aurora Borealis is at the top of the bucket list for a whole host of travellers, and it’s easy to see why. This natural light display often occurs in high-latitude regions, whereby magnificent green and purple colours shimmer and dance in the night sky due to disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled if you’re visiting Scotland during the autumn and winter months, when the conditions are more favourable.

Where: Applecross, Lochinver, north of Ullapool

3 – A Wonder Sport

Land Yachting

Ever heard of land yachting? You have? Then you know how cool this experience sounds and look. Land yachting is a combination of motor racing and sailing. Often the locals engage themselves in hosting race with their homies. Scotland offers many sports which boosts your adrenaline rush but land yachting tops it amongst locals and tourists due to it being eco-friendly. If you know nothing about this sport then let us tell you that you will be using your hands and feet to move on land in a three-wheeled vehicle. Got some visual clarity? No? See the picture below.

Where: St. Andrews

4 – Swim With Sharks

SWIM WITH SHARKS

Don’t be scared by the title. The basking sharks are friendly creatures who feed on planktons. So you can now relish swimming with them on the west coast of Scotland. You can also enjoy going for snorkelling in the same water body and watch these 10 m long creatures from far. Every summer these sharks can be spotted in the waters, so you know when you need to head to Scotland if you don’t want to miss this. You might even be able to see minke whales, dolphins, seals and more.

Where: Firth of Clyde, off the coast of Oban and around the Isles of Coll, Tiree and Canna

5 – Go On A Microlight Adventure

MICROLIGHT ADVENTURE

If you consider yourself an adrenaline-junkie, this is the activity for you. Book a microlight experience and soak up aerial views of Scotland’s rugged landscapes from your open cockpit. You’ll soar above Loch Leven, the Lomond Hills, the Bass Rock and other awe-inspiring natural attractions – and you’ll have a front row view!

Where: Kinross, East Lothian, Cumbernauld and Strathaven

Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Scotland

We’ve uncovered some unique facts about Scotland we’d love to share with you:

  • Do you know where the tallest waterfall in Britain is? In Scotland. The height of Eas a’ Chual Aluinn is 658 feet and it is thrice the height of Niagara Falls!
  • Scotland is home to over 600 square miles of freshwater lakes – perfect if you like to canoe.
  • Noticed a few redheads on your travels? Scotland is known for having the most redheads in the world!
  • The world’s tallest hedge can be spotted here in Scotland.
  • Also, one of the oldest trees in Europe can be found here – the Fortingall Yew.
  • A flight from Westray to Papa Westray in Orkney takes less than a minute – perfect if you’re in a real hurry!
  • There are over 790 offshore islands in Scotland, so you’ll have a fair share of locations to choose from when you decide to visit.

If you’re filling up your travel tote with all things tartan, you’re in luck as we’ve got some superb flight deals to Scotland for you to book, today. Give us a call to book your UK break. And we’ll help you tailor your itinerary to get the most out of this fantastic location.

The Most Unique Things you can do in Brazil

Brazil is extraordinary to say the least; its flamboyant carnivals, awe-inspiring landmarks, white-sand beaches and verdant rainforests make it one of the most enchanting places to visit on the planet. From its diverse landscapes to its bustling colonial towns, there’s so much to explore in this huge country (the fifth largest in the world, to be precise) – if you’re not sure where to start, you’re in luck, as we’ve rounded up a few of the best things to do while you’re here…

1 – Enjoy A Glass Of Caipirnha

Once you’re in Brazil you have to indulge in a glass or two of the traditional cocktail, Caipirinha. Similar to a mojito, this refreshing, fruity and easy to make drink is made with cachaca, sugar, and lime, and is just as synonymous with Brazil as carnival.

Another must try is Acai, this Brazilian specialty includes Acai palm fruits and berries harvested from the treetops in the Amazon rainforest. This healthy bowl is colourful, full of energy, and makes for a super tasty breakfast or snack.

2 – Getting a Fita Do Bonfim

This Brazilian tradition has been around since 1809 and if you’ve ever visited the country, it’s likely you’ve seen or bought a fita do Bomfim. Also called a WISH RIBBON, they are available in different colours and inscribed with the message “Lembranca do Senhor do Bonfim da Bahia” which translates as “In the memory of saviour of Bahia (Jesus Christ)”. According to the tradition, you tie three knots in the ribbon, symbolising three wishes, which are said to come true with the natural breakage of your ribbon. Pretty special, don’t you think?

3 – Attend Festa Junina

As the name suggests, this lively festival takes place in June and is celebrated throughout the country. Here you get to see the real authenticity of Brazil in terms of food, drinks, culture, costumes, dances and everything on top. Bonfires, local songs and dance numbers will keep locals and tourists entertained for the entire month, making your trip to Brazil this time of year a memorable one!

4 – Experience Carnival

One of the world’s biggest carnivals is, well, Carnival. Hosted in Brazil, the atmospheric Carnival do Rio Janeiro is a four-day event starting on the Friday afternoon before Ash Wednesday (which marks the beginning of Lent). The streets are bursting with vibrant parades, block parties, masquerades, live music and a whole lot of samba dancing. The exotic costumes are otherworldly, but are not only for aesthetic purposes – but form an important part of the story.

5 – Play football on the beach

There is a huge passion for football in Brazil, with it not only being the country’s most popular sport, but a prominent part of its national identity – since the Brazil National Football Team has won the FIFA World Cup Tournament five times, it comes as no surprise! Grab your boots and get involved in the game, whether you play with your kids on the beach or on one of the country’s pitches. Or, if you’re better at watching than playing, go and see a live match while you’re visiting.

6 – Hop On A Beach Buggy

In the Northeast region of Brazil, you can find colourful beach buggy’s to ride or take a tour on. Not only is it super fun, it’s a great way to explore the stunning beaches and coastline without a pile-up of sand in your shoes! Popular with tourists (especially with little racers), these buggies are famous among the locals too!

7 – Take A Cruise To The Amazon

Being one of the most biodiverse destinations on the planet, it’s unlikely you’ll have an experience like this anywhere else in the world. The Amazon is brimming with beautifully rich flora and fauna, which many of us will have only seen on Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries! But if you hop on a cruise, you can go and see this spectacular corner of the world for yourself. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet a few indigenous tribes or you can even take a course on jungle survival! Now that’s sure to impress Bear Grylls!

8 – Go to Oktoberfest

Did you know that Brazil is also famous for its world-class beers? Situated in the city of Blumenau in Santa Catarina, the annual Oktoberfest festival plays host to an abundance of German-inspired brews, traditional dishes, bustling entertainment and costumes – with over 500 thousand visitors over the 17-day period! If you like to party and enjoy a good knees-up, this is the event for you.

9 – Vibrant Nightlife

Brazil is renowned for its high-spirited nightlife, where the party doesn’t confine to a single bar or setting. Instead, we’re talking exotic Samba clubs, lively underground bars, live performances, street parties and more – with a handful of atmospheric neighborhood’s serving up entertainment on tap, including Centro and Lapa.

Feel inspired? We have a variety of fantastic deals to different destinations within Brazil – so you can visit all that this spectacular South American destination has to offer. Book cheap flight tickets to Brazil with Crystal Travel today and let us tailor your holiday for you…

A Backpacker’s Travel Guide To The Bahamas

Long gone is the era of well-crafted itineraries, today, travellers are all about spontaneous travel and impromptu plans – adding to the overall excitement. And why not?! We got in touch with a nomad who lives for the moment and spoke about their latest travels in the beautiful Bahamas…

Bahamas Beaches

Where to Stay

Enjoy your stay in Bahamas

The Bahamas is not exclusively cheap in terms of travel or living, but if you know where to look you’re in luck. There are a few islands that are somewhat untouched by the prying eyes of abundant tourists, but if you look hard enough, you can find accommodation here to be extremely cheap – plus you won’t have to fight for a space on the beach!

Such islands include Cat Island, Andros, Abaco, Long Island, Crooked Island and Inagua, where you can experience total R&R amid the Bahamian beauty. On these islands, you’ll find that seafood is fairly cheap – and of course delicious – helping you to keep your pockets fuller for longer. It’s worth noting however that if there’s a popular upcoming festival, the islands prices will shoot up in anticipation of partygoers visiting to celebrate – so it’s best to avoid these dates if you’re trying to travel on the cheap.

when to visit the bahamas

Best time to visit Bahamas

The best time of year to visit the Bahamas if you want to soak up the Caribbean sun, is between the months of November to April when the weather is pleasantly warm yet with less rain than the summer months. The average temperature is around 24°C, which is ideal if you want to explore without overheating!

What to do

Want to explore the island without spending a small fortune on attraction tickets and tours? We’ve rounded up some of the best things to see and do in the Bahamas, that won’t cost you so much as a penny.

Pristine Beaches

Pristine Beaches in Bahamas

The Bahamas is brimming with exotic white-sand beaches, so you’ll have your fair share of time spent on the sand. As a backpacker, you have total freedom and flexibility with regards to where you go and when, but we have a few favourite beaches we’re sure you won’t want to miss while you’re here. A few of these best public, free beaches include Cabbage beach, Cable Beach, Coco Plum beach, Lighthouse beach, Pink Sands beach, Jaws beach and beyond.

Queen’s Staircase

Queen’s Staircase in Bahamas

If you want a change of scenery beyond azure blue waters (we could personally stare at them for weeks on end!), then you need to visit Queen’s Staircase. This historical landmark in Nassau – the capital city of Bahamas – consists of 65 steps, carved out of solid limestone by slaves in the late 1700s. If you like history and culture, this attraction is free to visit – however you can hire someone if you wish to know more about the history of this place.

John Watling’s Distillery

JOHN WATLING’S DISTILLERY

If you fancy a tipple, take a free independent or guided tour of the John Watling’s Distillery. You’ll see barrels of rum lined up and discover the processes of rum making. There is a minimal charge for tasting their in-house rum, where the waiter explains the art of tasting and how to do it properly!

Port Lucaya Marketplace

PORT LUCAYA MARKETPLACE

It’s one of the top open-air marketplaces in Freeport, which you can visit while you are in the Bahamas. There are many opportunities for dining, entertainment and shopping within this bustling market; and in addition to local shops, there are boutiques too, which offer something different yet local. If you get tired of all the exploration, take a seat and unwind in the bars or diners within the market.

Dean’s Blue Hole

Dean’s Blue Hole

If you’re after a dive-in experience in paradise, you’ll find one at the Long Island area of the Bahamas. Dean’s Blue Hole is believed to be the deepest blue hole in the world, where the water plunges to a depth of 663 feet (202 metres) sure to test your adrenaline! Not into watersports? Lace up and go for a climb up one of the rugged cliffs, the effort will be worth it when you’re rewarded with breathtaking views at the top.

How to Explore

Explore Bahamas

Another way of living like a local on your Bahamas holidays is by using the local transportation. If you want to explore the roots of the place, interact with locals and join them on the public commute – you’ll soon get talking about the best places to visit unknown to tourists.

The cheapest and easiest modes of transport in the Bahamas are:

Jitney

This bus has a capacity of around 30 people, making it a spacious way to travel from A to B. However, these are not available on all of the islands, so be sure to check in advance.

Water Taxis

Water Taxis in Bahamas

The Bahamas houses around 700 islands, and taking the road can rack up some serious dough. There are plenty of ferries available with a variety of different routes – the prices vary depending on your destination, availability of seats and age.

Taxi

Taxi services in Bahamas

If you can’t flag down a Jitney, taxis are the next best way to travel if you’re not comfortable with driving in another country. The rates may vary but be careful as some journey costs may be fixed.

Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Bahamas Holiday

Holidays to Bahamas
  • Seafood is cheap and fresh, so you’ll want to indulge in local food at local eateries as much as you can.
  • Don’t get in a vehicle with strangers, especially at night time
  • You can camp at the beach if you don’t fancy renting accommodation.
  • If you want to explore nearby places, hire/buy a bike for a cheaper way to travel.
  • Travel off-season, avoid crowds and lap up the island’s natural beauty yourself!

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Tips for Flying with Your Pets

So you’re planning your next family reunion somewhere exotic and you want to whisk your beloved furry friend with you too, while it’s not often that we see pooches on planes, it is possible. We’ve got the latest on the best way to fly with pets, so you can enjoy a stress-free flight with your four-legged companion… 

The health of your pet

Before we get into how you can take pets along with you on a flight, you need to understand that flights can be a little daunting for them. You should only consider travelling with your pets if it’s unavoidable or a short flight, since there’s a possibility they could fall sick or (most likely) remain agitated during the whole flight.

Generally, it is advised to not put your pets under this type of pressure until and unless you are changing home permanently or leaving for more than a month. Two weeks in the Caribbean? It’s a no go.

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Paperwork Required

Your pet would need a health certificate on both arrival and departure, which must be valid for the entire trip. If the certificate expires half way through your holiday, you will have to visit a local vet for a fresh health certificate before boarding the return flight.

The expiration limit of the certificate is 30 days.

Some airlines also require a behaviour certificate stating that your pet is well behaved and won’t cause any kind of nuisance – so it’s best to check with your desired airline prior to booking a flight.

Although the airlines don’t ask/force you to submit any certification at the time of booking or upon departure, it’s wise and responsible on your behalf to carry them in case of any emergencies or hindrances.

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The procedure of flying with a pet

Flying with a pet isn’t all sunshine and rainbows unfortunately; some airlines can be very strict with which species/breed they are happy to allow onboard. So be sure to check the rules and regulations in advance. Additional things to consider include…

  • Visit the Vet

Your pet’s health should be your number one priority when you’re thinking of flying with them. So a pre-boarding trip to the vet is recommended for any tips and advice required for during the flight.

  • Prep your pet

Your pets must be aware of what to expect before they fly – well, in the best way that they can be, since it’s unlikely they’ll understand when you tell them you’ve booked their seat! It’s a little effort, granted, but it’s wise to take them to the airport facility if possible at least once before you travel, so they don’t panic amongst the crowds on the day of your flight. Also, if they’re not already, make sure that your pet is familiar with their carrier box, perhaps you can give them a little training beforehand for easy handling?

  • Registration

Many airlines allow only a handful of pets on their flights, so you’ll have to register them as soon as possible to ensure they get a ticket. This can be done online or by calling them directly to book your spot (please bear in mind that this rule does not apply to emotional or support animals e.g. guide dogs).

  • Cost

The cost of flying with your pet varies from airline to airline. There are certain factors that need to be considered, including the weight of your dog or carrier they’re kept in, and how far your destination is. You can get an estimation of the cost online or by calling your airline.

  • At the airport

When you are travelling with a pet, you’re advised to reach the airport a few hours earlier than usual. If your pet is going to fly with you in the cabin, then you both need to go through the security check, which can take some time.

Or, if your pet is going to fly in the cargo, then you need at least a buffer of 2 hours, since the flight and cargo terminals can be different at the airports you are departing or arriving at. If you can get access to this prior, a mental map of both airports is a good idea to avoid getting lost, or delays.

  • Carriers

The carrier in which your pet is going to be kept should be large enough to ensure their easy movement. They should be able to stand, turn and lie down without any discomfort – and, of course, have access to proper ventilation.

  • Arrival

On arrival at your destination, you should immediately take your pet for a walk to ease any bodily tensions they’ve accumulated on the flight. If you were to leave your pets for a long time at the cargo facility for any reason, please note that they will be sent away to a vets or another facility and considered abandoned.

  • Other preparations

Try to attach a picture of your dog on the carrier box they are kept in, make sure the picture is recent and that same picture is in your phone too. This can come handy when you need to identify your dog and makes the process much easier for the airline staff, too. It’s a nice idea to pack some snacks and give it to a member of the cabin crew for your pet to indulge in during the flight – especially if there’s any delays.

Tips and tricks

  • Aim to book a continuous flight to reduce the lock-in time of your pet.
  • Check beforehand if your pet exceeds the weight limit.
  • Don’t try to take your pet out while in-flight.
  • Always check the rules of the destination beforehand as your pet might have to go through quarantine.
  • Find out if the age of your pet is suitable for travel in cargo/cabin.

Best airlines to fly with your pet

With all being said, we have a list of the most popular pet-friendly airlines around the world to help you choose your flight easily.

  • Delta
  • JetBlue
  • Air India
  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Open Skies (British Airways)

So, if you’re planning to take your pets in the air, you need to be extra careful while choosing the flight and destination. The key thing to remember is to try and keep things as smooth as possible to ensure your pet avoids any mishaps or discomfort. Want to book your holiday in advance? We offer cheap flight tickets for over 150 airlines, providing plenty of choice on destinations. Book your flights with us today or give us a call to plan your next pet-friendly escape.

20 Most Popular Tourist Places to Visit in Rome

In a city filled with ancient symbols, legendary landmarks and antiquity of the Christian faith, it’s bewildering where to begin from. For many, especially Brits, Rome is the ideal spot to go for a quick weekend break and stroll through the entire ‘walkable’ city. Some places are practically unmissable tourist spots of Rome, for example, the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps. To enable you to design your itinerary, we’ve composed this guide of the best places in Rome, with all the must-see attractions and focal points. If you are planning a visit to Rome the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) serves to all the major international flights landing in Rome. Let’s discover some of the popular places to visit in Rome.

1. Colosseum

The Colosseum is one of the most popular authentic must-see hotspots in Rome. Its development began by the head of Vespasian of the Flavian tradition in 72 AD and was completed by his son Titus in 80 AD. The curved amphitheatre could hold up to 50,000 spectators who would do anything to watch combatants fight as individuals be freely executed and appreciate different types of stimulation. This solid stone structure was the biggest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire. It is viewed as one of Rome’s most noteworthy buildings and design accomplishments.

2. PETER’S BASILICA

St. Peter’s Basilica is the focal point of the Catholic world and a noteworthy vacation spot. It is an impressive church with a height of 120 metres; the entire Statue of Liberty could fit in. The basilica remains a traditional site where Peter, the apostle of the Christ, who is viewed as the principal pope, was executed. Development of the present structure started in 1506 and was completed in 1615. Numerous popular icons contributed to its environment: Michelangelo planned the arch while Bernini structured the incomparable St. Peter’s Square. No wonder, it’s a legendary structure that doesn’t go unnoticed.

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3. Pantheon

A noteworthy tourist attraction in Rome and the best-fortified structure, the Pantheon was built in 126 AD as a sacred place for all the Roman deities. The sanctuary has filled in as a Roman Catholic Church since the seventh century. The recent structure was reconstructed by Emperor Hadrian in the second century. Eight elegant stone segments reach out over the front of this roundabout structure, with lesser divisions toward the rear. Even though it is 2,000 years old, the Pantheon’s acclaimed vault remains the world’s biggest unreinforced solid arch. It is said that Marcus Agrippa contrived the Pantheon to be his secretive sanctuary.

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4. Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums were constructed in the sixteenth century with statues and structures by Pope Julius II. Today, they envelop a few exhibition halls inside the Vatican City and incorporate a portion of the world’s most significant relics. Gallery attractions include the twisting staircase, the Raphael Rooms and the magnificently designed Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo painted the church roof somewhere between 1508 and 1512. Today the roof, and particularly The Last Judgment is broadly accepted to be Michelangelo’s most noteworthy accomplishments. To monitor the enormous groups, the historical centres have four agendas that range from one and a half hours to over five hours. All agendas conclude in the Sistine Chapel.

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5. Trevi Fountain

Furnished in 1762 on a request by Nicola Salvi, this world-renowned Baroque wellspring highlight a fanciful structure of Neptune, the god of the ocean, flanked by two Tritons. The area of the Trevi wellspring marks the end of the old Aqua Virgo water passage and so named because of its situation at the intersection of three streets (tre vie). The wellspring was the setting for a notable scene in Fellini’s film Dolce Vita featuring Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni. Since then, it is amongst the most prominent holiday destinations in Rome. The legend says that the one who tosses a coin in the wellspring will one day come back to Rome.

6. SPANISH STEPS

Consisting of 135 steps, the Spanish Steps were established with French funds between 1721‑1725 to connect the Bourbon Spanish government office to the Holy See with the French church, Trinita dei Monti. The stairway is a meeting point for both local folks as well as tourists. Every year in May, the stairs are embellished with pink azaleas. At the foot of the Spanish Steps, you can spot Piazza di Spagna (Spanish square) and the Fontana della Barcaccia, a tranquil fountain constructed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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7. Roman Forum

Situated in a tiny valley between the hills of Palatine and Capitoline, The Roman Forum (or Forum Romanum in Latin) was the heartbeat of Rome for a considerable amount of time and considered as one of the best places to visit in Rome. It was the site of triumphal parades and judgements, group speeches and business issues. The Forum today is an unmissable ruin of compositional parts. It incorporates the Arches of Septimius Severus and Titus, the Temple of Antoninus Pius and Faustina, and the Temple of Saturn. Walk around Palazzo dei Senatori for a panoramic view of the Forum.

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8. Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo was considered as a tomb for Emperor Hadrian and his family. Built-in 123 BC, it was once Rome’s highest edifice, which was later transformed into a sturdy chateau by the popes. The remains of different rulers lay there but got vandalised when the Visigoths attacked in 410 BC. It also served as a prison, but today the Castel is a thriving museum. Movie lovers will remember it as a set from ‘Angels and Demons’, starring Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor.

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9. Piazza Navona

An exception amongst the most celebrated Roman squares – Piazza Navona was erected towards the end of the fifteenth century and maintains the state of the Stadium of Domitian that once dominated the area. Built by Emperor Domitian in 86 AD, the arena, which had a bigger field than the Colosseum was utilized for celebrations and games. The structure encompassing the square stand where the observers once sat. Today, the square highlights three appealing fountains and a massively mainstream spot to taste cappuccino; indulge in shopping, watch jugglers and street musicians.

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10. Campo de’ Fiori

Campo de’ Fiori is a rectangular square located south of Piazza Navona. It is utilized as a commercial centre during the day and a party hub for youngsters and sightseers after dusk. The name signifies ‘the field of blooms’ and was first given during the Middle Ages when the area was just a mere pasture. Today, the market is a lively spot, mostly when the regular vegetable market is held here, except Sundays. Guests can purchase fresh products – fish, meat, plants, flowers and different spices. The square is encompassed by bistros and cafes, making it a decent spot to eat, shop or stroll during the evening – one of the top things to do in Rome.

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11. Saint Peter’s Square

Situated in Vatican City, St. Peter’s Square is a well-known spot in Rome. A huge number of individuals assemble to hear the pope’s speech. Established in the seventeenth century by Bernini, the square has an elliptic shape, encompassed on different sides by corridors. Statues are placed right on the corridors. At the main circular entrance, an Egyptian monolith stands that was transported from Egypt to Rome during the rule of Emperor Augustus.

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12. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Established in the fourth century, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major) is viewed as an epic landmark amongst the most significant Catholic holy places in Rome. Its 18th-century design depicts one of the best-saved Byzantine remnants inside the city. Explorers who are in Rome in August can attend the Miracle of the Snows Festival where thousands of white petals are dropped from the roof. It’s a sight to behold!

13. Galleria Borghese

The Galleria Borghese was built as a funhouse by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the seventeenth century that was transformed into an exhibition hall. The nephew of Pope Paul V was fond of arts and he built one of the most amazing places to visit in Rome. The Galleria today houses numerous figures and different ancient pieces from his collection. Works of art by Titian, moulds by Bernini, and the National Museum of Musical Instruments can also be seen here.

14. San Giovanni in Laterano

San Giovanni in Laterano (St. John Lateran) is one of four noteworthy basilicas in Rome. Committed to John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, it is the house of prayer for both the diocese supervisor of Rome and the pope. It is recognised to be the principal Catholic Church constructed in Rome. Its design doesn’t appear as old as different churches, however, the interiors are lovely brightened, with divider adornments, sections, mosaics and canvases.

15. Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, is linked to Roman folklore that a wolf discovered the twin young men Romulus and Remus and looked after them until a shepherd sheltered them. Regardless of whether this legend is true or not, Palatine Hill is the place where Rome was established. During the Imperial time, the slope was developed with enormous royal residences. Today only the remnants remain, drawing visitors from all over the world.

16. Appian Way

Appia or the Appian Way is a standout amongst the most renowned and significant streets of Ancient Rome. If you’re looking for one of the top Rome tourist places, this is the one. Founded by sovereign Appius Claudius Caecus in 312 BC, it associated Rome to Campania and southern Italy and was particularly helpful for transporting military equipment. Visitors can review the city’s history by strolling upon the first stones that were laid for easy commuting.

17. Piazza Venezia

Not far from the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia is a huge open space which is a replica of an ancient arena. It is a significant display of Baroque engineering and contains three huge wellsprings, including Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s unbelievable Fountain of the Four Rivers in the middle. The piazza is maintained by the seventeenth century Trajan’s Column. With the help of a guide, get an insight into the interesting history that framed the present.

18. Baths of Caracalla

Built by Emperor Caracalla for political indoctrination, the Baths of Caracalla are the second-largest baths and one of the best places to travel in Rome. The emperor wanted to be famous and gain favour from the people, thus, he built the Baths to be remembered. For more than 300 years, the baths were operational. The main reason for the baths to turn into ruins was destruction and robbery. Despite being not very popular, The Bath’s massive size draw an immense crowd.

19. National Roman Museum

If you wish to imbibe Rome’s two and a half millennia of history, culture, charm and heritage, the National Roman Museum is the best place to get connected. With an entire collection to spellbind visitors, you can expect to find Roman artefacts, jewellery, marble structures, Roman baths and the restored historic site of the Baths of Diocletian. If you can hear your stomach growling among all the other noise, head to La Gensola and dine at one of Rome’s innovative trattorias.

20. Capuchin Crypt

The very thought of bones and skulls might appear dreary. But the Capuchin Crypt lures several visitors towards it. Situated under Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins, the site exudes the life of the religious Capuchin ministers. The succeeding ministers preserved the bones of the expired in showcases and glass caskets to promote Christian work of art in different spots. You can also see them throughout the tomb including the Crypt of the Skulls and the Crypt of the Resurrection. Not just a ghastly showcase, these manifestations recount the tale of life, death and restoration, demonstrating an extraordinary transformation into time everlasting.

What you’ve read, is just the tip of the iceberg. Rome is much more than that; it’s a city with layers where the mystery unfolds gradually. No wonder it’s called ‘The Eternal City’. So, got itchy feet for Rome? You just need to pack, book and get on that plane and gather everlasting memories.

This Valentine’s Day – Take Your Love to These Top 20 Romantic Destinations

Love and romance – the only thing everyone dies for. A day you’re waiting for – being cozy with your sweetheart, partying beyond the wee hours and spending quality time. Nothing can be better than lovely seclusion on Valentine’s Day. You’ll surely save adorable souvenir. The world seems more beautiful if you are with your loved ones. Imagine some romantic places across the world that take you away from your routine and fill you with the dash of shared memories.

Valentine’s inebriation arrives, get ready to take your darling away to the places of your dreams. It’s high time to plan for your fancied journey and celebrations if you haven’t done so. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we’ve come with the top 20 Romantic Valentine’s Day Destinations in the world. Keep scrolling and find where you disappear this Valentine.

1. Paris, France:

Paris, France

The city of love, Paris undoubtedly tops any list of romantic destinations for Valentine’s Day. Heaven for ‘Les amoureux’ walking through Eiffel Tower or Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral holding an each-others hand and dancing around. Indulge in the cafe culture of the city beholding glittery lights. Mesmeric voyage to the iconic Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, Arc de Triomphe and other tourist stoppers will bring romance in your life.

Couple tips: Full of aww moments – nothing can be more romantic than looking in eyes of your love under the Eiffel Tower at night.

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2. Verona, Italy:

VERONA, ITALY

If you’re in love – must have heard of Romeo and Juliet. This true image of love from Shakespeare’s creation belongs to Verona, Italy. Close to Venice, it’s a medieval old town beautifully positioned in the bendy Adige River. Taste Italy’s signature eateries and explore Lake Garda, Arena di Verona and Piazza Delle Erbe, Verona serve adoration. Be the guest at Casa di Giulietta – 14th-century residence known as Juliet’s House.

Couple tips: Spend quality time with your beau across this historic city square where large-scale concerts and opera performances fuel romance in the air.

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3. Victoria Falls:

Victoria Falls

Romance is not always tranquil and intimate, sometimes it’s wild, thrilling and heart racing. Even you are on your honeymoon or recreating those moments – jump from 111m Victoria Falls Bridge holding the hand of your partner. If you’re to propose someone, do the same – beautiful waterfall and racing heart-beat will vigour her to fall in love with you forever. Catch cheap flights to Victoria Falls and relish the thrill that you felt on meeting her for the first time.

Couple tips: Visit a stunning waterfall, trails throughout and witness a beautiful rainbow. Hug your partner and share warm kisses.

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4. Venice, Italy:

Venice, Italy

It is said, there are no roads but canals in the city of bridges – over 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea’s lagoon from Venice. It’s a maritime city in Veneto, Italy. Walkthrough landmark basilica, a cathedral with gilded domes, a gothic-style palace and museums of the city. Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Burano are some of the major gateways alluring fellas of all ages.

Couple tips: Sooth across historic attractions and gorgeous canals – gain experiences you must have on your romantic date.

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5. Vienna, Austria:

Vienna, Austria

The Imperial city and imperial romantic indeed, Vienna is Austria’s capital. There’s no better place than Vienna for falling in love. Haul on horse-carriage across the snow holding your love in your arms. Situated on the Danube River, the city carries an artistic and intellectual legacy. Come to the majestic appearance of the city, it is home to iconic Imperial palaces and contemporary buildings including but not limited to Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg, Belvedere, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Witness mesmeric baroque palaces with opulent interiors and museums, historic palaces with art collections, and medieval places in the capital of culture.

Couple tips: Haul on horse-carriage across the snow holding your love in your arms.

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6. Jervis Bay, Australia:

Jervis Bay, Australia

Looking for a dream gateway to take your valentine to? Take her to the beaches having whitest sand and share a lovely kiss. Catch your cheap flight to Sydney and drive for just 2 hours and 30 minutes. You’ll feel like paradise on the earth across a 102-square kilometre stretched oceanic bay in New South Wales, Australia. Its villages define real luxury. Beaches, gardens, camping and bushwalks will be your best Valentine voyage and a life-long celebration. Point Perpendicular, Jervis Bay National Park, Greenpatch Point, Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens are must-visit places.

Couple Tips: Take an open-air shower, explore flora and fauna and spend your quality time at paperback camps.

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7. Sintra, Portugal:

Sintra, Portugal

A resort town in Portugal, Sintra is heaven lies between the sea and the mountains. Experience Romanticism in its true virtue – visit Sintra, the capital of romance. The city radiates a romantic sensation to an amative that takes them beyond the realistic arena. It’s them place admired by amorous writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. If you’re fed up with cosmopolitan culture, come and lose in the atmosphere of flourishing nature, sumptuous cuisine and regal heritage.

Couple tips: Celebrate the romantic spirit and emotions within you. Visit Pena Palace, Cabo da Roca, Castle of the Moors, and Quinta da Regaleira.

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8. Ljubljana, Slovenia:

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana is known as Green Capital because of abundant green spaces. Capacious Tivoli Park takes visitors close to nature. The meandering Ljubljanica River divides the old city centre and commercial nucleus of the city. Ljubljanica, Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana Castle and Tromostovje attract lovebirds from across the globe. Explore modern art paintings and sculptures in significant exhibitions and museums.

Couple tips: Enjoy kayaking, take selfies on Dragon Bridge featuring famous dragon statues, and sooth at the medieval fortress.

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9. Florence, Italy:

Florence, Italy

Encapsulating renaissance art and architecture in Italy, Florence is the home to the magnum opus of alluring artworks. Florence Cathedral, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, and Palazzo Vecchio are some of the major attractions of the city offering tranquility to the lovebirds from across the globe. It is the capital of the country’s Tuscany region. In short, the city can be defined as the framework of a resurgence, romance, world-class art and sumptuous cuisine.

Couple tips: Explore art museums and jewellery shops, walk on the medieval stone bridge holding hands of your partner and raconteur your loved one looking into her eyes.

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10. Santorini, Greece:

Santorini, Greece

An island in the Aegean Sea, Santorini actually defines why it is called the capital of romance. One of the favourite honeymoon destinations in the world, the city is nestled with beaches and picturesque landscapes. Its rocky beach surrounded by red hills allows you to propose your better half in an impressive and exciting fashion. Imerovigli, Akrotiri, Santorini caldera and Red beach are major tourist stoppers. A concoction of thrill and romance, Santorini placates its guests with love.

Couple tips: Celebrate your companionship in multi-coloured cliffs, dazzling light, and picture-perfect landscape eternalised by famous poets and painters.

11. Wellington, New Zealand:

Wellington, New Zealand

Are you a foodie or your sweetheart loves savouring new cuisine? Wellington is foodie’s delights. Take the flight to Wellington and visit the home to the world’s best restaurants. Your trip to New Zealand’s capital is incomplete without visiting Wellington Botanic Garden, Zealandia, Wellington Cable Car, and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Take a ride to Space Place with your valentine from on a Cable Car and witness the planetarium show on Greek mythology’s famous romances.

Couple tips: Take your Valentine to a candle dinner and taste the world’s famous cuisine. Visit Wellington’s ‘love lock’ bridge and add a lock of your lover’s name.

12. Rome, Italy:

Rome, Italy

An eternal city for Eternal Love. Take her to the era of Roman glory witnessing colonial monuments and colossal relics of Rome. Chirpy air and splendid cuisine give reasons to celebrate your love in Rome. Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and more others that narrate reminiscence of Rome, the third most visited city of entire Europe.  The city caters to lustrous cuisine with warmth to wayfarers.

Couple tips: Take a pause in the excavated heart of the Roman Empire and elaborate your wish for a warm cuddle and eternal ‘esprit de corps’.

13. Prague, Czech Republic:

Prague, Czech Republic

Since the Middle Ages, Prague has been one of the most beautiful cities known as the crown of the world. With iconic Old Town Square, the Czech Republic’s capital is home to some colourful baroque buildings. There are plenty of reasons that fill you with romantic vigour. Iconic structure with mesmeric views, historic castle complexes and national treasures allure lovebirds from every corner of the world. Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, the astronomical clock, and St. Vitus Cathedral are some major tourist attractions.

Couple tips: Witness beautiful evening at the Charles Bridge, go for churches’ music recitals, taste luxury food and red wines in elegant fusion restaurants.

14. Bruges, Belgium:

Bruges, Belgium

Imagine a romantic dinner with your dearly loved in a fabulous atmosphere. It’s not a dream anymore, and reserve your dining table at Markt, a popular central plaza in Bruges especially famous for dreamy dinner. Don’t worry about transportation – Bruges is close to Brussels, the capital of Belgium (just 1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive) Walk across cobbled streets snuggling your partner, explore medieval buildings and canals, the city is known for. You can ask blessings from divine relic for nurturing love in your relationship at spiritual churches and pilgrimages.

Couple tips: Explore Michelangelo art, visit various spiritual churches and pilgrimages and of course purpose your soul-mate at 83m tower with panoramic views of the city.

15. The Maldives:

The Maldives

Do you believe in paradise? Come to the Maldives and lose in heavenly romance in a romantic archipelago. A south Indian country located in the Indian Ocean having 26 ring-shaped atolls and thousands of coral islands. Maafushi, Ari Atoll, Hulhumalé and Kuramathi are some must-visit places if you are on your romantic date. It has numerous easy-going island for water sports, a natural atoll having 105 islands, artificial island including beaches, resorts, villas, and more. Its capital Malé is home to modern shops, a fish markets, and elegant restaurants.

Couple tips: Spend time in overwater bungalows with your soul mate, muffle white-sand on your body while basking on stunning beaches and diving into the turquoise sea with crystal-clear water.

16. Budapest, Hungary:

Budapest, Hungary

Witness a fascinating spectacle on your romantic date in Hungary’s capital Budapest. Iconic Buda Castle and world-famous monuments attract millions of tourists to the city and serve them a romantic atmosphere in vintage looks. Having a rich tradition, it’s a definite place worth visiting. Situated on the River Danube, the city offers a majestic aura of historic heritage including Buda Castle, Hungarian Parliament Building, Fisherman’s Bastion and Hősök tere.

Couple tips: Enjoy nightlife cuddling your beau, share warm hugs and kisses.

17. Kauai, Hawaii:

Kauai, Hawaii

Located in the Central Pacific, Kauai is a Hawaiian island and world-famous hiking destination. Featured in various Hollywood films, this island is popular as ‘the Garden Isle’. It will come as no surprise if you ask for a re-visit after being at Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Waimea Canyon State Park, Kalalau Trail, Hanalei Bay and other major destinations in Kauai. Witness vast tropical landscape having the prosperity of opulent breathtaking islands.

Couple Tips: Shout your mate’s name from towering sea cliffs and the Kalalau Trail. Witness impressive gorge with canyon views. Enjoy Camping, cliff jumping and trail running, along with long, scenic beach and mountain galleries.

18. Carmel, California:

Carmel, California

A home to serenity, Carmel is renowned for libraries and museums. It’s a beautiful beach town in California’s Monterey Peninsula comprising picture-perfect seaside places for romantic outings. Explore surfing destinations like including the Carmel River State Beach, Scenic Bluff Path, historic Carmel Mission and others. Catch flights to Los Angeles (the nearest airport of Carmel) and witness the atmosphere of love holding your better half in your arms. An adorable destination for scuba diving, Carmel-by-the-Sea can be our next honeymoon dream.

Couple Tips: Enjoy the companionship of your soul-mate in fairytale cottages observing beautiful galleries.

19. Ko Tao, Thailand:

Ko Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao stands for scuba diving, the island caters to a romantic tropical getaway to its guests on relaxing beaches with lantern-lit restaurants. Dive shops, restaurants, and nightspots of Thailand and their world-class hospitality will leave you spellbound. Exhibiting tropical coral reefs, the island is simply aquatic heaven calling you for a thrilling romance. This place has always more to offer that visitor’s expectation – John-Suwan Viewpoint, Sai RI Beach, Mae Haad Pier and Nang Yuan Island are some major tourist stoppers.

Couple Tips: Go for jungle trail and enjoy scenic views. Unwind quiet beaches and experience snorkelling and scuba diving as a couple. Its beachline sunset view is beyond revelation.

20. Cinque Terre, Italy:

Cinque Terre, Italy

Across the Mediterranean, the Cinque Terre symbolises ultimate preserved natural ranges and centuries-old seaside villages. A warm hug from your partner witnessing the hypnotic view of colourful houses and picturesque vineyards initiates sensations within you. Home to some beautiful beaches and iconic churches including the Church of San Giovanni Battista, the city has plenty of vistas to make your Valentine’s Day more special. Do have blessings from religious shrines with a famous wooden statue.

Couple tips: First visit Gothic churches, then go to beaches and embrace your mate muffling white sand on your body.

It’s all about spending some quality time with your loved one whom you care about the most. Hope this writing caters to your searches for the perfect Valentine’s Day voyage.