Romance, food, wine, stunning vistas – all things we associate with honeymoons and Italy. There are so many places you could visit to create one of the best honeymoon experiences in Italy. Here are some special places that will take your honeymoon experience to a completely new level.
Rolling fields, winding cypress-lined driveways, lush vineyards, and villas hidden away from the world – this is Tuscany. This region is home to some of Italy’s most iconic cities – Florence, Pisa, and Siena. Tuscany is a lovely dichotomy of noisy urbanity and crowds, to quiet rustic idylls where the traditional Italian life can still be experienced. It is a region that offers something for everyone. If you are an art lover, start in Florence and visit the city that is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and an art and cultural movement whose echoes can still be felt today. You can create an entire vacation around completing the Città di Arte – the cities of art: Florence, Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano, and Lucca – places where some of the world’s most influential masters completed their incredible works. Tuscany is home to some of the greatest artworks, sculptures, and architectural masterpieces in the world (and the Leaning Tower of Pisa!). Now, if you are a foodie, you could literally eat and drink your way around the region. The delicious cuisine is made of the freshest ingredients that are paired with some of country’s most spectacular wines. There are cooking class tours available where you can learn how to create the region’s traditional dishes. The techniques and knowledge you acquire make for a very unique souvenir. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you can hike or bike your way through Tuscany. Cyclists love the challenge of the rolling hills while hikers cannot get enough of the beautiful mountain paths. There are also beaches and islands to visit off the coast; you can picnic on the beach or in the mountains overlooking Tuscany’s gorgeous vistas.
If there were a city built for romance, then Venice would be it. There is something about walking hand-in-hand alongside the ancient canals while taking in the city sights. It is a city filled with some of the most beautiful architecture ever created. The top places that are a must visit when in Venice are:
Saint Mark’s Square – as the main piazza of Venice, you can enjoy the rival orchestras that duel each other while sipping an espresso at Il Caffe Florian – Italy’s oldest café. The piazza is a great starting point for your visit. You can walk through the Doge’s Palace (the political hub of the Venetian government until Venice’s fall in 1797) and Saint Mark’s Basilica (one of the most stunning churches ever built with its great mosaics of Biblical scenes).
The Rialto Bridge – this 400-year-old bridge is the main bridge crossing over the Grand Canal in the heart of the city. The covered ramps lead to the main portico that are lined with shops that sell some great souvenirs. A short walk takes you to the nearby Rialto Market – a lively little market with great food and many little shops.
The Grand Canal – as the main thoroughfare of the city, the Grand Canal should be experienced at least once by water taxi, Vaporetto (water bus), or gondola. From this vantage point, you will be able to see the buildings that line the canal, which date back as far as the 13th century. The noble Venetian families that competed with one another to show off their wealth and influence once inhabited these places.
Of course, there are notable museums such as the Venier dei Leoni that houses the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, or the Galleria del’Accademia, a grand art museum that consists of 24 rooms housed throughout three historic buildings.
Of all the places you can experience the best honeymoon in Italy, Rome is pretty much at the top of most lists. There is great food, lovely gardens, magnificent architecture, and a wonderful culture. This is a city meant for exploring and experience. From the incredible sight of the Pantheon to the romantic Trevi Fountain, there is an infinite number of things you can see and do, and you could spend your entire honeymoon taking it all in. If you are looking for a truly romantic spot, then you must visit the Villa Borghese with its heart-shaped park and lovely lake. There you can rent a rowboat and row amongst the majestic magnolias and sweeping willows. One of Rome’s most famous cultural sites is the Villa Celimontana. It is known as “The Retreat for Lovers.” From its location on top of one of Rome’s seven hills, you can catch a theater performance while watching the sunset over the Roman skyline. When we think of Italy, our first thought is Rome, and it is easy to see why. With its incredible hospitality, scrumptious foods and delicious wines, Rome is quintessential Italy.
Nestled in the mountains of the Lombardy region, this wishbone-shaped lake was made for the adventurous at heart. There is windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, golf, hiking, sailing, and more! Dotting the lake are several charming towns, each with its own unique characteristics. In Tremezzo, you can stroll through the gardens of the Villa Carlotta, or explore the Castello di Vezio (an ancient Roman fortress) in Varenna. Varenna has been proclaimed as having some of the best spots for romantic picnics and sunsets along the lake. Lake Como is only fifteen miles north of Milan, so you can always pop down for a bit of shopping and sightseeing!
One of Italy’s gems, it is a place of impressive landscapes, private grottoes, and soaring cathedrals. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1997, the Amalfi Coast is a popular destination for honeymooners and vacationers from all over the world. It is a place where nature and humanity live in harmony. There are museums, cathedrals, and picturesque watchtowers. In the town of Amalfi, you will find the Duomo Sant’Andrea, with its steep staircase and medley of architectural elements. One of the most stunning pieces is the original bronze door that was cast in 1066 in Constantinople. You can take a side excursion to Pompeii while in Sorrento, or just relax on the beach while in Positano. For breathtaking views of natural beauty, you should try a walk along the Path of the Gods. Here you will discover the marvels of the Amalfi Coast. You will come across small villages and spectacular gorges. The path is still used by farmers and shepherds today. You will walk amongst old vineyards, explore caves, and experience the thrill of watching the peregrine falcons and kestrels swoop and dive as they the leave their aeries. The Amalfi Coast is one of the best honeymoon spots in Italy with its wild landscapes and quaint villages.
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