Italy, just the name implies romance, great food and wines, beautiful art, stunning architecture, and gorgeous landscapes. For a country that embodies romance, there are an endless number of places that could be included in Italy’s list of must visit locales for romantic honeymoon destinations. However, the most romantic regions or cities you must absolutely, positively experience are Tuscany, Venice, Rome, Lake Como, and the Amalfi Coast.
Most people think of Diane Lane restoring an ancient Italian villa, but the truth is that villa with the gorgeous cypress-lined driveway, rolling fields, and fertile vineyards does exist! If there was ever a place to experience some of the best of what Italy has to offer, Tuscany is that region. This is the birthplace to art that still inspires generations of painters, sculptors, and architects. There is so much to do in Tuscany, from the incredible art museums in Florence (such as the Uffizi Gallery, home to some of the most famous artworks in the world), to taking in the architectural genius of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to Siena’s Duomo and its breathtaking interior. The food is scrumptious, the wine is amazing, and the people are welcoming. Tuscany is a region made for romance and is a great place to start your marriage. It is a truly an awe-inspiring place that will gift you with memories that will last a lifetime, making this one of Italy’s must visit romantic honeymoon destinations.
Venice evokes images of gondoliers serenading couples by the light of the moon as they slowly paddle down the canal. You can still take a gondola ride, but Venice is more than just a city of canals. It is a city filled with beautiful architecture. You can stroll through the Doge’s Palace (Casanova’s prison until he escaped!) or the Basilica San Marco – prime examples of Venice’s glorious architecture. Take a break in St. Mark’s Square and listen to the rival orchestras as they “duel” each other, while you sip a cappuccino in Il Caffe Florian, Italy’s oldest café! If you want to break away from Venice for a day or two, think about visiting the nearby islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Less crowded than Venice, each island offers a unique experience. When you return to Venice, spend a romantic evening at La Fenice Teatro, where you can catch a concert or opera. Afterwards, spend the rest of the evening on a waterbus cruise on the Grand Canal and cruise past the beautiful palaces that line the canal. There is so much to do in Venice that you will be planning your next vacation there to try to see more!
What can be said about Roma that has not already been mentioned? The Pantheon, the Colosseum, the romantic Trevi Fountain, the Forum, Vatican City…there is so much culture and romance to experience in Rome! It is not just famous for its architectural places, as there are great open-air markets and gardens to explore as well. The Villa Borghese and its heart-shaped park is a perfect stop for a romantic picnic between sightseeing ventures. You can rent a small rowboat and row between the sweeping willows and magnolias, and steal a kiss or two. If looking for the ultimate romantic spot, try the Villa Celimontana, a park located on one the seven hills, which overlooks some of Rome’s famous cultural sites, and known as “The Retreat for Lovers.” There you can watch the sunset over the Roman skyline, while also catching one of the many theater productions that take place. You cannot go wrong with the delicious foods and wines, the hospitality is incredible, and the views are breathtaking. Rome is quintessential Italy and is a gem that should not be missed.
Hello, George Clooney! Nestled in the pre-alpine mountains of the Lombardy region with rustic villas dotting its lakeside, the wishbone shaped lake is truly a magnificent sight to behold. Lake Como is home to several charming towns with their own unique characteristics. It is a place for the adventurous at heart. There is kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing, canoeing, golfing, and sailing. Maybe indulge in a horseback ride along the coastline and then a picnic while you watch the sun set over the lake. There is so much to see in all the villages that encompass the lake. Stroll among the gardens of the villa Carlotta in Tremezzo. Explore the ancient Roman fortress, Castello di Vezio, in the charming village of Varenna. Varenna is the spot for romantic picnics at sunset and incredible views of the lake. Lake Como has something for everyone and is a mere fifteen miles north of Milan. You can visit for a great day or two of sightseeing and world class shopping!
An undisputed jewel of the Italian coast and declared a World Heritage Site, the Amalfi Coast is a place of unique landscapes, soaring cathedrals, and private grottoes, making it one of Italy’s must visit romantic honeymoon destinations. Hire a car if you choose and drive to Ravello with its stunning hilltop views of the coast. Have a picnic in the numerous picturesque spots as you gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea. The Duomo Sant’Andrea, in the town of Amalfi, is a fabulous place to visit with its steep staircase. It is worth the climb as you reach the original bronze door that was cast in Constantinople in 1066. Walk along the Path of the Gods or lounge on the beach in Positano. You can also take a trip to see Pompeii while in Sorrento. There are private boat tours that will take you up and down the coast while you look at the houses that dot the rugged cliff sides. The Amalfi Coast is home to great seafood, pasta dishes, wines, and desserts. It is truly a feast for the senses!
Trips 2 Italy offers many honeymoon destination ideas for couples who are seeking to experience Italy like never before. Experience one or experience them all! Trips 2 Italy can customize any honeymoon package you desire.