So you’ve decided on an Italian honeymoon and you want it to be perfect, but there are so many options. Problem solved: We’ve teamed up with our friends at Ciao Andiamo to find the best destination for every type of newlywed couple.
The 7 Most Romantic Italian Honeymoon Destinations
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Cosmopolitan and urbane yet quaint and manageable, Florence is the perfect option for a city-loving couple. The Tuscan city is home to luxurious hotels, excellent restaurants (a meal at La Giostra is a must) and Renaissance art and architecture. Take a boat ride down the Arno River, stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, bike around the open city plazas, get cultured at the Uffizi Gallery and, of course, eat your weight in gelato.
Where to Stay: Gallery Hotel Art
Into wining and dining? This Italian region nestled between France and Switzerland is best known for its gorgeous views of the Alps, the Langhe wine region and, best of all, food. In Alba, home of rare white truffles, you can book a private truffle hunting tour, which concludes with an extravagant wine and truffle pairing. And although Piedmont is often overshadowed by Tuscany, it’s one of the country’s best wine regions. Make a reservation at Boroli Winery, where you can taste bold Barolos.
Where to Stay: Hotel Castello di Sinio
With mountainous coastlines and colorful fishing villages cascading over the Mediterranean Sea, there are few places in the world as stunning and seductive. In the chic town of Positano, beach bums, foodies and adventurers will find plenty of ways to enjoy the sunny days. Take a day trip to the nearby town of Montepertuso, sail to Capri and explore the grottos, then unwind with a negroni on the umbrella-dotted beaches. For dinner, dine on homemade linguine alle vongole at seaside restaurant Da Adolfo.
Where to Stay: Le Sirenuse
Ahh, the church bells chiming in Piazza San Marco, stone bridges spanning the narrow streets and brightly colored palaces lining the canals—there's nothing else quite like it. Visit the open-air Rialto markets, sip on a Venetian Spritz at the canal-front Osteria Bancogiro or take a short trip to neighboring Burano, one of the most colorful little seaside towns in the world. Oh, and instead of a touristy gondola ride, opt for a private boat tour along the Grand Canal.
Where to Stay: Luna Hotel Baglioni
What better place to visit on your honeymoon than the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet? Take your love to dinner at the intimate Ristorante II Desco, where you can enjoy traditional Venetian dishes in the outdoor piazza. End the evening at Arena di Verona, a huge Roman amphitheater where you can catch a live performance of the opera The Barber of Seville.
Where to Stay: Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amistà
Once inaccessible and exclusive, it’s now easier than ever to get to Sardinia. As a result, this Mediterranean island off Italy’s eastern shore is becoming a popular destination for affordable travel. You'll find ancient Roman ruins, medieval castles, small port villages, jagged coastlines and some of Italy’s most gorgeous white sandy beaches.
Where to Stay: Petra Segreta Resort and Spa
Puglia, the stiletto heel of Italy’s boot on the Adriatic Sea, is a quieter but equally charming alternative to the Amalfi Coast. Rocky seaside coves lead to a lush landscape speckled with olive groves, whitewashed towns and rustic countrysides. Check out the stone dwellings, or trulli, in the town of Alberobello, then take a trip to the Grotte di Castellana, a labyrinth of underground passages. And lovebirds, don’t miss dinner at Grotta Palazzese in the resort town of Polignano a Mare. The restaurant, carved into a limestone cave with views of the sea, is one of the most romantic spots in the world.
Where to Stay: La Sommità Relais