Deciding to honeymoon in Italy is a delightful idea that will linger long into your marriage. There are very few places on earth that conjure up the same glamorous feels of Italy. From Lake Como to culturally rich cities like Florence, Rome, and Venice, and the warm embrace of the Amalfi Coast – the Italians know what’s up.
Sure, sitting on a white-sand beach in the Caribbean is a nice way to spend your honeymoon, but an Italian honeymoon is just a completely different thing. The country that gave the world pizza, pasta, and grace is the perfect place to live out your wildest honeymoon dreams. A country where style and sophistication simmer over everything and everyone.
If Italy is a surety but you’re still in the planning stage (and enjoying it at that), let these luxury destinations sweep you off your feet and serve you that sweet and delicious la dolce vita life.
Positano is the jewel that shines the brightest on the jewel-encrusted crown that is Italy’s Amalfi Coast. If you’ve never heard the name, you will have seen its colorful beauty eluding while flicking through a luxury travel magazine at an airport lounge. Of this, we have no doubt. An hour south of Naples International Airport, Positano is accessible while, quite attractively, being cut off from the rest of the world.
Nestled into the rugged Amalfi coastline on a cliffside with postcard-worthy beaches below and the endless Mediterranean at its fore, Positano is famous for its view. Whether you dine out or stay in for a romantic evening on your private terrace, sipping something dry and delightful at sunset is highly recommended in Positano.
On account of the region’s towering geography, it is also known for incredible hikes and scenic drives, with idyllic Amalfi towns like Ravello a short drive away. If your sights and hearts are set on a true slice of luxury, there is nowhere like Le Sirenuse. This luxury 5-star hotel has prime cliffside real estate over Spiaggia Grande and will undoubtedly leave you spellbound as you float up, up, and away.
Florence is as beautiful as its name would suggest. World-famous for Renaissance art and architecture, it is little wonder why so many love-up couples flock to Florence every year.
Whether you’re taking in the masterpieces at Uffizi Gallery, scooping your jaw off the floor at Piazza Della Signoria, or getting purposefully lost strolling the cobbled backstreets of town, there is a romantic edge to all that Florence represents.
What’s more, is that Florence is also the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region. And do you know what Tuscany is famous for? Wine! Once you feel sufficiently cultured, going beyond the city confines on a Tuscan wine tour is something especially lovely to consider.
Another must-do on your Florentine honeymoon is to “be that couple” and lock a pair of inscribed padlocks to the bridge of eternal love, the Ponte Vecchio. If you desire particularly opulent lodging, The Place Firenze is an intimate 5-star set on Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Conveniently, this hip hideout is located in the romantic heart of the city.
3. Lake Como
Lake Como is frequented by the rich, the famous, and more often than not, the recently hitched. A majestic body of water that is as expansive as it is deep, Lake Como is Europe’s deepest and arguably most beautiful body of water.
One of the best aspects of Lake Como, besides its accessibility from Milan, is its location. Located at the base of the Italian Alps in the country’s Lombardy Region, Lake Como fairs better than most places in the peak of the summer swelter. Where Southern Italy is in the midst of a midsummer heatwave, Lako Como is a cool escape with a fresh afternoon breeze rolling over the lake most days.
Located on the peninsula that separates the lake’s three branches, the colorful scenes of Bellagio make it Lake Como’s most notable town. However, there are plenty of postcard-worthy towns that line the lake, each with its own particular charm. One experience that your honeymoon deserves is for you to leave the shoreline in your wake and set sail on a traditional wooden boat tour of the lake.
In terms of where to stay, you have a lot of options on Lake Como. Its perimeter is dotted with private villas and plush hotels. All are authentic in design – you won’t have a hard time finding one that feels like a little bit of you. If you are looking to go all out, the sophisticated and award-winning Grand Hotel Tremezzo is the best hotel in town.
No Italian honeymoon destination list could be complete without Venice. One of the most romantic experiences in existence, taking a gondola ride down the city’s tight canals while you gawk at its architecture and get a fly-on-the-river sense of its pace is essential.
Built over the water more than 600 years ago, Venice is a city that exudes beauty with its own unique attractions to match. Whether you’re sitting, gelato in hand, on the Piazza San Marco. Enjoying an opera performance at the Theatre La Fenice.
Or, perched on your hotel balcony with some delicious bites and wine collected from the Rialto Market that day, there is nowhere that does romance like Venice.
A summer honeymoon is an obvious choice for Venice. If, however, you would rather sidestep the hoards and visit at a time when they are very few tourists, October and November are divinely quiet. The mornings may be foggy, and a winter coat may be advised, but the divinely quiet side of Venice is worth the extra baggage.
If your heart flutters for the sophisticated sense of centuries past, all canals lead to Aman Venice. After stepping off a private water transfer, you will enter the hotel’s dramatic reception hall and feel right at home. Spiral staircase, gilded dining room, high-end spa, first-rate gym facility – this is Neo-Renaissance grandeur meeting modern expectations in the most bedazzled fashion imaginable.
An Italian honeymoon isn’t just one thing. Whether you’re leaning toward the rugged beauty of the Amalfi Coast, the ritzy northern Italian scenes of Lake Como, or a romance-fuelled city experience, there is nowhere like Italy to honeymoon. We hope you take this article as inspiration, ditch the cliche Hawaiian honeymoon, and fall head over heels for the land of romance, wine, and pizza, always pizza.