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It should come as no surprise that the word "romance" comes from the Latin root "romanus," meaning "from Rome."

Any lover worth his or her salt knows that the Italians wrote the book on romance. And they outdid themselves in the northern part of their country. In fact, if there's a more romantic spot on Earth than Venice, it could only be Lake Maggiore. Or maybe Bellagio.

Well, you get the point. With its breathtaking natural scenery, sumptuous villas, and grotto-filled gardens, Northern Italy is a romantic's dream come true.

Start your trip in Milan, the style capital of Europe. Although the city is better known for it's commerce, Milan has a stunning cathedral, many enjoyable museums, and fabulous shopping -- not to mention Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper."

From Milan, take the train to Venice, the glittering, shimmering Byzantine city of the sea. Spend three days exploring the city's highlights -- the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's, the Accademia Gallery -- and lesser known treasures. Cap off your visit with a Bellini at Harry's Bar and glide under the Bridge of Sighs in a gondola.

Sample Spumante in the wineries outside Treviso on your way to the Dolomites, where you can hike, bike, explore more than a dozen medieval castles, or just unwind in fashionable Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Visit charming Verona, the medieval base of the Scaligeri princes before heading for Lakes Como and Mennagio. Playgrounds of the rich and famous since early Roman times, the lakes are gorgeous.

Explore the magnificent villas and formal gardens that line the lakes, tee off overlooking sparkling blue water and mountain peaks, take a cruise out on the lakes, or just enjoy life from a flower-bedecked terrace. You romantic, you.

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