Since our earliest beginnings, honeymooners have long come to Ciao Andiamo in search of a once-in-a-lifetime Italian getaway. Italy is for romantics; and the perfect choice for those who want to have it all on their honeymoon. From countryside hill towns, slow food and fine wines to coastal paradises and artistic treasures. And this year, as I myself prepare to tie the knot in October (with a two-week honeymoon to follow), I have a newfound appreciation of the honeymoon experience.
As much as the wedding is not just about you, the honeymoon is ALL about you. Your first big adventure as newlyweds, riding high off the excitement and exhaustion of wedding planning and the big event. With this in mind, ‘the ideal Italy honeymoon’ should be carefully designed with a genuine understanding of the couple, their story, their passions, their style. Because there is no one-size-fits-all way to discover Italy; part of what makes the country so special is that there are so many ways to make Italia your own. While I could easily list off 17 places in Italy I love as destinations for honeymooners, here are 7 of my favorite to get you started. Happy honeymoon planning!
For First Timers: Florence
The birthplace of the Italian renaissance, and the capital of Tuscany, Florence IS iconic Italy. And a must-visit for honeymooners who have not yet traveled to the boot. The romance of Florence spreads from its its terracotta-tiled rooftops and Arno River panoramas to artistic and architectural masterpieces of Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Giotto, to name a few. It’s also easily accessible by train, and a perfect jumping off point to venture out into the countryside, hill towns and vineyards of Tuscany.
Where to Stay – Il Salviatino
Recommended Itinerary – Italy for First Timers
For Wine & Food Lovers: Piedmont
Literally “the foot of the mountain”, Piemonte (Piedmont) boasts rolling hills with mountainous alps set in the distance. Famous for its formidable wines – think Barolo, Barbera, Barbaresco & Gavi – Piedmont is also a truffle lover’s paradise (the town of Alba hosts its truffle festival every year in October), and the home of Italy’s Slow Food movement.
Where to Stay – Castello di Guarene
Recommended Itinerary – A Taste of Piedmont
For Romantics: Verona
Calling all Romeos…Verona’s historic center is one of Italy’s most charming, and also the site of Juliet’s home in one of time’s most celebrated love stories. The town combines classic architecture, fashion boutique-lined streets and quaint piazzas. While often overlooked, Verona is easy to get to from Venice, and a perfect jumping off point for a day of wine tasting in Valpolicella or soaking in the natural beauty of nearby Lake Garda.
Where to Stay – Il Sogno di Giulietta
Recommended Itinerary – La Dolce Vita in Northern Italy
For Sea & Sunshine Seekers: The Amalfi Coast OR Sardinia
Italy’s dramatic coastlines are unrivaled, and just the thing for those looking to bask in the Mediterranean sunshine while reveling in post-wedding afterglow. Perhaps most famous of Italy’s seaside treasures is the Amalfi Coast…and for good reason. Think coastal towns dotted with pastoral houses, jutting cliffs and cerulean blue waters as far as the eye can sea. Not to mention nearby cultural treasures such as Pompeii and Naples, the islands of Capri and Ischia, and culinary specialties spanning fresh seafood, buffalo mozzarella and limoncello…Looking for something more secluded? Look no further than Sardinia: a true island paradise, rich in natural, rugged beauty, and far removed from mainland Italy, with its own unique culture, language and cuisine. The Costa Smeralda is ideal for the luxury-seeking jet setter, although for a little more of the local flavor I recommend staying on the northern coast but heading west to the area of Santa Teresa di Gallura and surroundings.
Where to Stay – Il San Pietro
Recommended Itinerary – A Perfect Pair: Amalfi Coast & Tuscany
For Explorers: Puglia
The heel of the boot, Puglia remains a relatively untapped region despite its picturesque Adriatic seaside, charming coastal towns, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and culinary delights spanning burrata cheese and some of the country’s finest olive oils. An ideal destination for honeymooners looking to venture off-the-beaten path and balance relaxing days by the sea with excursions touring architectural marvels such as the Alberobello’s trulli homes and the sassi of Matera.
Where to Stay – Borgo Egnazia
Recommended Itinerary – Amalfi Coast & Puglia
For Wanderers: Venice
No place in all of Italy is better to get lost in than Venice. A walking city, where the only mode of public transportation is water taxi, Venice abounds in picture perfect vistas and romantic charm. If you have flexibility on when to visit, Venice is a city best experienced off season, when you can stroll undisturbed through enchanting passageways and canals, and the magic of this one-of-a-kind city truly comes to life.
Where to Stay – Hotel Metropole
Recommended Itinerary – Enchanted Italy