Planning a honeymoon is just as exciting as planning the wedding itself. Romantic beaches, lovely sunsets and colourful streets, they all sound like every couple's dream. Not sure where to book your travels? We want to show you what an ultimate Italian honeymoon would look like. We think Italy is the perfect honeymoon destination as it has pristine beaches, beautiful coasts, gorgeous flora, secluded villas in some of the most quaint towns in Europe and perfect food. Here are tips on how to plan your ultimate Italy honeymoon.
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The Ultimate Italian Honeymoon
So many couples are taking an interest in Italy as a desired honeymoon destination. We wanted to organise our wedding in Italy but because our family is scattered all around the world, we decided to get married in the UK. However, we wanted to enjoy an extensive honeymoon in Seychelles, a long road trip around New Zealand and visit the most romantic places in Europe. In the end, we got to visit Italy and that's when we fell in love with the country. In fact, we loved our time in Italy so much, that we decided to organise our own delayed honeymoon around Italy. We started our adventure in Belaggio, around Lake Como. We spent two nights loving every second of our time there. Everybody loves pizza, but trust us, nobody makes better pizza crust than the Italians. There is something truly romantic about walking hand in hand thought colourful Italian streets. We ended our evening with a view of the Italian and Swiss Alps overlooking the gorgeous Lake Como.
Our journey took us down to Venice, where we stayed in a glorious old mansion with a mile long driveway and beautiful statues. We continued to Rome where we indulged in cultural activities and loved every single bite of Italian food. We finished off our time in Liguria which is a crescent-shaped region in northwest Italy. This postcard-perfect Mediterranean coastline is known as the Italian Riviera.
Melissa from Why Not Let's Go spent quality time in Lucca for her Italy honeymoon.
"We were fortunate enough to stay in an older villa just outside of Lucca. We were not typical honeymooners and we planned on just living the Italian life rather than travelling and sightseeing. We got to know our neighbours, tended the vegetable garden, grocery shopped every day and went to the local gelateria every night. We loved that we became a part of the community--we were invited to dinners, to sagras, to concerts. We embraced the Italian life and it embraced us. We still have close ties to many of the people in the community and go back to visit our favourite places.
We have travelled and stayed all over Italy, but our preference is always Lucca or nearby. Being in central Tuscany for a week allows for easy mobility. We took day trips to the nearby beaches of Viareggio and Forte di Marmi, weekends to Florence and trips both south to Rome and north to Venice (from where we took a Mediterranean cruise). Lucca is a large enough city to offer good shopping, restaurants and events, but not too large that it feels crowded with tourists. Being one of the few cities with the surrounding wall completely preserved, it has a medieval charm and rich history."
For an even more culturally immersive honeymoon, check how to spend 4 days in Florence and Tuscany.
10-night Italian Honeymoon
Tracy from Tracy Kaler spent 10 nights enjoy various parts of Italy. Here's how she spent her Italy honeymoon:
"I'm not sure why we chose Italy for our 2000 honeymoon. Perhaps it was all the positive experiences we'd heard from friends or family or my undying love of pasta. To be honest, I can't remember why, but I recall our honeymoon trip like it was yesterday. I knew after a few short days that it was only the beginning of my lifelong infatuation with Italian food, wine and culture.
My husband and I flew into Rome and spent three nights exploring the iconic sights including the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Sistine Chapel. We sipped Frascati, ate gelato, and of course, indulged in our fair share of Italian food and wine.
Our second stop was Florence. While I enjoyed Rome, I loved every last detail about Florence, so much that I imagined living there. Michelangelo's David at the Accademia, the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, and four more nights of simple yet decadent plates of Italian food like I'd never tasted before. One of the most memorable meals of our life together happened at La Giostra, a family-owned restaurant that continues to share the wonders of Italian tradition and culture through cooking to this day.
Our 10-night trip continued to amaze us as we ended our honeymoon in Venice, deemed one of the most romantic cities in the world and for good reason! Sure, the gondola ride is quintessential Venice, and crossing the legendary Bridge of Sighs to return to our hotel each night made us feel like we were living in a fairytale. My husband fed the pigeons at Piazza San Marco, the bustling square that we returned to every day despite how touristy it was. We couldn't stay away! But it was the hours we spent roaming the streets of this alluring city with no particular agenda or place to be and getting lost in its labyrinth of alleyways – hand in hand while exploring a foreign country together for the very first time that I remember so fondly.
We started talking about returning to Italy as soon as we set foot on the plane in Venice Airport. Finally, we went back 16 years later, but this time to Milan, Genoa and the Piedmont Region. Once again, we were captivated by the magic of Italy.
I've travelled many places and intend to travel to many more in my lifetime, but Italy is a country that I will return to again and again. No trip, though, will ever compare to the first when my groom and I explored Rome, Florence and Venice as a newly married couple."
Rome - Florence - Venice
Nina from Traveling with Nina shares her exciting trip around Rome, Florence and Venice. Nina and her husband love Rome the most and tell us we need to try oven-fired pizza in Florence:
"We got married very young and had never been out of the country. We had always wanted to go to Europe, so we chose Italy because we knew it would be delicious and exciting. We went to Rome, Florence and Venice. It was actually this trip that made us fall in love with travelling.
Rome, to this day, is one of our favourite cities in the world. We even went back on our fifth wedding anniversary to relive the beauty and splendour of the Trevi Fountain. Italy had everything we could possibly want: good food, historical sites, streets to stroll through, beautiful views, nice people and adorable hotels. You don’t need a car in the major cities and can get around easily by train. It seemed like at every corner we turned in Rome, we were greeted by a piece of ancient history. Actually seeing the Colosseum was something amazing to experience as a couple.
We didn’t know what we were missing until we tried oven-fired pizza in Florence. Trust me, until you eat this pizza, you don’t know what pizza is. We got married in December, so this was actually sort of the off-season for travel, but we got to see Venice lit up with string lights in preparation for Christmas. To say that sipping wine by the water and strolling through the city’s little corridors lit with twinkle lights was romantic would be an understatement. It was exactly what I had imagined. I love telling people I spent my honeymoon in Italy because it was magic; not some generic beach vacation. Italy opened our eyes to the exciting and delicious world of travel."
Matt from Little Roads Europe tell us that it's not just the cities to look forward to in Italy, but the beautiful experiences you can have during your road trip.:
"We took our honeymoon in Italy, starting in Rome and driving up through the country, ending in Venice. For us, it was the in-between that really drew us in - the authentic food, the lovely people, the wide landscapes, and the lack of tourist hordes. We had a few days at an agriturismo in Umbria, and a few more at another in Emilia-Romagna (the vast breadbasket area north of Tuscany), which was the region that really captured us so we would return again and again. This is the region of the food that we know and love in the States: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto and culatello and other salamis, beautifully stuffed tortellini pastas. Fewer tourists than most more well-known areas, beautiful landscapes and castles to visit, and wonderful people."
Italy is a wonderful place for honeymoons and casual travellers who want to experience a wonderful world of food, culture and love. Like many other European countries, Italy can be experienced as a luxury destination but it can be a suitable option for backpackers and travellers interested in budget locations. Read more about Milan on a budget to get an idea of how to find great accommodation for less.