Italy is famously romantic, and as you’ll discover, honeymooners find it hard not to get caught up in the passion of the place.
The three grand cities of Venice, Florence and Rome are great for people watching, shopping, dining, and of course history. Others, such as Perugia and Naples, are less well known but just as exciting.
Venice oozes romance. Meandering along the canals is obligatory, and you’ll love simply sitting in cafés watching the world go by or exploring the fascinating but lesser-known alleyways and narrow streets around San Marco. The islands of Burano and Murano are famed for their lace and glass making. If art is your thing, be sure to explore the Gallerie dell’Accademia, which houses a dazzling collection of masterpieces spanning the full development of Venetian art, from Byzantine to Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo.
To continue the theme, visit Florence, Italy’s capital of the arts. The city wears its history on its sleeve, with galleries old and new showcasing masterworks by the likes of Michelangelo and Bernini. But this is no living museum; alongside the Renaissance art and Tuscan cuisine is a vibrant, modern metropolis, an economic hub both fashionable and affluent. For a romantic room with Florence on your doorstep, stay at The Four Seasons Firenze. The property occupies two converted Renaissance palazzos, and its classical gardens are an oasis in the city.
Rome, the city for lovers, is a heady blend of artistic and architectural masterpieces, classical ruins, beautiful gardens and contemporary offerings. The Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica – its famous sites are never ending. A stay at Palazzo Manfredi, a luxury property converted from ancient gladiator barracks, puts you right next to the Colosseum in the heart of historical Rome. Wandering around the Trastevere district, gelato in hand, is particularly atmospheric, and you shouldn’t miss the lively atmosphere around Piazza Navona in the evening.
There’s lots to explore away from the bright lights too, whether sunning yourself on the Amalfi or Apulia coast, retreating to a converted castle in the rolling hills of Tuscany, or heading to the islands of Sardinia and Sicily for a change of scene.
And then, of course, there’s the food: fresh, simple and unfailingly delicious. The Italians’ passion for cuisine is inspiring, and whether you opt for a quick snack or a feat of endless courses, our top tip would be to savour every mouthful.
You can’t go wrong with a honeymoon in one of Europe’s most romantic countries. Our honeymoon experts can tailor your Italy itinerary to suit your wants and needs, ensuring you fall head over heels with this wonderful place.