11/03/2010 05:38 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

19 Romantic Spots Around The World (PHOTOS)

What makes a "romantic" place romantic? The fact that it was featured in a Hollywood romcom?

For some people, yes. But if we're planning a trip with a special person, we look for three things in a place: beauty, history and mystery (did not mean that to rhyme!), together with great restaurants, museums, bazaars, and endless possibilities for adventure, minus the endless stream of tourists.

So, you obviously will not find the Eiffel Tower or a LOVE sculpture on this list. These are 17 picturesque places around the world, some well-frequented, others off-the-path, that promise you a rich and uniquely romantic holiday. Enjoy!

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