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10 Most romantic destinations

Nina Spitzer is a columnist and a freelance writer living in sunny Cave Creek, Arizona.

Love is in the air

Love conquers all, even a bad economy. While you're scrimping and saving to afford a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon or special vacation, use the downtime to scope out 10 of the planet's most romantic destinations -- so when you're good to go, you'll know where to go to make memories that last a lifetime!

Love is in the air

2. Venice, Italy

Gondolas of snuggled lovers quietly slip through inky black canals at sunset. City lights dance on the water and set romance aglow as the evening darkness draws in. In Venice, all is quieter in the evening, when the day tourists are gone and lovers are left behind to stroll through narrow city streets and across small bridges. Dinners along the Grand Canal are splendid, especially at the Naranzaria in the heart of the Rialto, where the specialty of the house is raw food. If money is no object, lovers can sleep like royalty in the Gritti Palace, an actual doge's palace built in 1525. By day, the Bridge of Sighs whispers secrets of the past, St. Mark's Basilica amazing artwork beckons, and violinists at Piazza San Marco cafes make it easy to sit down for an afternoon espresso.

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