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It’s sad to see that there’s only one of the original Seven Wonders of the World left; the Pyramid of Giza. The other six Wonders have been destroyed over time, most of them by Mother Nature’s fury.

Several projects and foundations have tried to come up with lists with new Wonders of the World, such as the Seven Wonders of the Modern World or the New7Wonders (which is still open for votes), ever since.

As true Europofiles (is that a word?), we honestly believe that there are more than enough amazing man-made creations to be found in Europe, to create a list with the Seven European Wonders of the World.

1. Colosseum, Rome (Italy)

In 72 AD, the Romans started with building the Colosseum. This amphitheater, where over 1,5 million slaves and wild animals were killed, was initially named Amphitheatrum Flavium (after emperor Flavio), but even the old Romans knew a thing or two about branding. The majority of the Colosseum is still in tact, despite several earthquakes and brutal wars.

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(Images via Wikipedia, FamousWonders and Couture Central)
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Lovely how the clouds reflect in the water.


Photo via Marika Eglite

Even architects sometimes have an off-day, resulting in several weird, misshaped, unusual or plain ugly buildings all over the world. Don’t get us wrong, we definitely don’t think this a bad thing – we love weird buildings. As long as they’re not in our street, of course…

These are the twelve weirdest European buildings we know of.

1. Rock House – Guimarães, Portugal

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Paris may be known as the ‘city of love’, but honestly, we don’t think that a 1,063 ft. tall collection of iron beams, a museum inside a glass pyramid, or having to pay 15 European dollars for an exceptionally small cup of coffee are very romantic. Don’t get us wrong, you’ll probably find amour in some parts of Paris, but when it comes to romanticness, we prefer Italy. And these five hotels will show you why.

1. Hotel Cipriani, Venice

“If Venice is a theatre, the Hotel Cipriani is the Royal Box”, is the slogan of this sea-side hotel. Hotel Cipriani is world famous for its amazing atmosphere, the stunning views and the romantic rooms. One night in this hotel will set you back around $700.

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2. Faro di Capo Spartivento, Chia

The southernmost tip of the island Sardinia is being protected by the lighthouse of Capo Spartivento. This lighthouse, of which the light is still active, has been turned into a five-star hotel, and only has four rooms. Do exclusivity, relaxation and a 180 degree sea view sound romantic enough? Rates start at EUR 400 (around $500) a night.

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3. Masseria Torre Maizza, Brindisi

Puglia, the region that is also known as ‘the heel of the Italian boot’, is home to many masserias. These buildings were used as farms or landhouses in the past, but many have been turned into a villa, hotel or resort. One of these masseria hotels is Torre Maizza, a luxurious and romantic masseria in Brindisi. Rates vary from $350 to $1850 a night.

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4. Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, Gargnano

If you prefer visiting the north of Italy, Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, near the Garda Lake, is probably your best choice. This impressive villa was built in 1892, and is surrounded by olive- and lemon trees. The hand carved wooden ceilings are just a detail, but they definitely emphasise the romantic character of this hotel. One night will cost you around $1155, though…

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5. Hotel Grotta Palazzese, Polignano a Mare

This hotel is situated on top of a rock, but the restaurant of Hotel Grotta Palazzese resides in a cave, beneath the rock. This makes the hotel unique, but also very romantic. Spending the night in Hotel Grotta Palazzese is relatively cheap (compared to the other four hotels) at $200 a night.

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Have you ever spent a night in an other romantic Italian hotel?

The mountain on the background is Mount Ararat, in Armenia.

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Photo via Alexanyan

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