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    Italy and UK City Break - Rome and Bath

    When I got married, I intended to pick the perfect honeymoon destination. Lying on a beach would be boring and Paris was just too obvious. In the end we opted for Rome - home of the Trevi fountain, beautiful architecture, glamorous people and an endless supply of pasta - what could possibly be more romantic?The reality was a little different. There is no doubt that Rome is worth a visit. It's a breathtaking city with an amazing history. But with such an abundance of sights to see, there is little time for romance. Even in September the heat and crowds could make walking any distance exhausting. There was indeed no shortage of pasta or pizza, but many restaurants provided a very basic menu for some very high prices. A bit of research might have helped us to avoid those.This year for our anniversary, we decided to opt for a romantic break closer to home. Bath may not be blessed with a Mediterranean climate (in fact it was one of the wettest weekends of the year) but it does have a rich history providing another insight into the fascinating lifestyle of ancient Romans.<Our bed and breakfast - The Oldfields - came highly recommended by reviews on Trip Advisor, and it didn't disappoint. We were welcomed on arrival with tea in the drawing room and some very useful advice on the best restaurants and places worth visiting in town (just a ten-minute walk away). Our room was superior to some five-star hotels I've stayed in and every member of staff was friendly and incredibly helpful.After an excellent lunch at the Ring O Bells gastro pub, we opted for a two-hour session of complete relaxation at the famous Thermae Bath Spa before a thoroughly satisfying evening meal at the Firehouse Rotisserie. The next day we visited the Roman Baths. Even if you're not a big fan of museums, this place is worth seeing. If you go after dark, flaming torches are lit to make your trip back in time that bit more authentic.Apparently tourism minister Margaret Hodge has been complaining again about the price and quality of British attractions, claiming there's a lot of improvement to be made before the 2012 Olympics. It's true that UK leisure can be expensive, and we can't often add a beautiful sunset to our list of things to see, but I'd argue that the UK can offer some brilliant romantic destinations that easily compete with the rest of Europe.Just don't forget your umbrella.

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