• Travel: Romantic escapes
    The settings for some of the greatest love
    affairs are also some of the hottest stays today. LISA HARVEY falls for the world’s most enchanting destinations

    Best for: timeless glamor

    Villa d’Este,

    Lake Como, Italy

    Combining the palatial elegance of the 16th century with modern facilities, Villa d’Este has hosted great love affairs – including Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Perfectly sited on Lake Como, interiors include marble bathrooms, baroque antiques and luxurious silk sofas.
    Romantic touch: Stroll through the gardens, relax to the piano-filled sounds in the Canova Bar, or drift off to the sound of lapping water. Rooms start from €506 per night; villadeste.com


    Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in
    Italy, 1965


    Villa d’Este looks out on to Lake Como

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    Photograph: Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

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