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The Least Romantic Cities on Earth

by Benjamin Kerns

Feb 17, 2019

Venice, Italy © Justin Black | Dreamstime

Tips / Travel

Tis the season of love, and this February finds millions of travel fanatics heading off to uncharted lands in search of a romantic getaway. But not every foreign city will set the mood. In fact, some are just downright unromantic in every way. Avoid these places at all costs.

 

Venice, Italy

A network of stunning canals, historic architecture and a marketing department working overtime have given Venice a reputation as one of the world’s most romantic cities. The reality doesn’t quite live up to the postcards. In February, you’ll find those boat rides quite chilly when the winds pick up, and, if it gets even a little warm, you’ll experience a stench like no other.

 

São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo is something of the redheaded stepchild of Brazil, with most of the accolades going to Rio instead. There’s good reason for that. While portions of São Paulo are certainly beautiful, and the culture rich, there are many areas that are straight up rundown. It’s a great place to visit once, but there’s also a good chance you’ll run into trouble walking the streets in the evening after a date.

 

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is one of the most thrilling cities on Earth. But the vibrant, crowded atmosphere, dirty streets and party culture don’t lend themselves well to a romantic getaway. You’re more likely to end up passed out over the toilet rather than cuddled up in bed after an evening on the town in Thailand’s capital.

 

Belgorod, Russia

The small city of Belgorod has the prestigious honor of being the city that actually banned Valentine’s Day. The governor famously proclaimed the holiday promotes promiscuity and moved to erase it from existence. That alone earns it a spot on the list.

 

 

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