Rome’s mild climate makes this city a draw all year round, plus it is a living museum with a pulsating energy that is hard to beat. There are so many great trattorias to discover, shops to browse and a buzzing nightlife.
Madrid has had a makeover in recent years. The Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums are all bigger and better, whilst the centre of the city is awash with delightful delis, cafés and gastrobars.
Just a hop, skip and a jump across the channel and you’re in one of the most romantic cities on the planet, as well as one of the most beautiful.