When it comes to honeymoon destinations, Italy usually ranks high on the list. It’s no surprise, either – you’ve got everything from pretty villages and lively cities, to glamorous seaside towns and peaceful countryside here, not to mention some of the best wining and dining in the world.
But with so many different options, working out an itinerary can be the tricky part. Do you stick with one region? Travel the length of the country? Below, we’ve pulled together eight itineraries that we think are perfect for a honeymoon in Italy – but there are endless other combinations you can choose from (just give us a call with what you fancy and we’ll come up with a bespoke itinerary).
The Quickie: A Luxury City Break in Venice
If you can only spare a few days, or want to have a ‘mini-moon’ rather than a big trip, a city break is perfect. And where better than Venice, one of the most romantic cities going? For a stay to remember, why not book a Grand Canal view room at The Gritti Palace, one of Venice’s most iconic hotels, or a lagoon view room at the famous Belmond Cipriani, set just across the water from Piazza San Marco? A private walking tour is a great honeymoon option. As it’s just you on the tour, it’s completely your choice where to go – the Rialto market, perhaps, or the opulent Doge’s Palace. And, of course, a honeymoon to Venice wouldn’t be complete without a gondola ride – pricey, but well worth it.
The Classic: Venice, Florence and Rome
Ticking off Italy’s big three cities is a classic itinerary, and fantastic for honeymooners after sightseeing, culture and plenty of food and wine. In Venice, tour St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, then steal a sunset kiss as you glide underneath the Bridge of Sighs on a gondola – it’s said to ensure eternal love. High-speed trains whisk you to Florence in a couple of hours. Once in the Tuscan capital, admire the art in the Uffizi and scale the stairs to the Duomo’s terraces – or perhaps head out into the countryside for the day. Another 90 minutes on the train and you’ll arrive in the Eternal City, home to iconic sights like the Colosseum, Pantheon and Spanish Steps.
The A-List Approved One: Portofino, Positano and Capri
You might spot a few celebs on this tour of Italy’s chicest destinations. Start off in ritzy Portofino (as singer John Legend and his wife did after their Lake Como nuptials), where colourful houses cluster around a harbour filled with million-dollar yachts. The Belmond Hotel Splendido is a fantastic honeymoon hotel, with a beautiful pool overlooking the harbour. From the Italian Riviera, head south to Positano on the Amalfi Coast, where Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon honeymooned. Channel Jackie O in huge sunglasses and a floppy hat as you wander through the town’s steep streets and sunbathe on the sandy beach. From here, it’s a short ferry ride across to the beautiful isle of Capri, favoured by everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Leonardo DiCaprio. For a stay to remember, try the stunning Hotel Caesar Augustus.
The City and Sands Combo: Rome and Sardinia
Fancy a week on a white-sand beach but your other half prefers seeing the sights? This one’s for you. Start off with a few days in Rome, exploring ancient sites and beautiful churches, and sipping espresso in shady piazzas. The Donna Camilla Savelli is a lovely honeymoon option – set in the bohemian neighbourhood of Trastevere, it’s housed in a 17th-century convent and has a fabulous rooftop terrace with views across Rome. From here, jet over to Sardinia, home to some of the best beaches in Europe. Hire a car and seek out some of the quieter stretches of sand for a picnic lunch for two.
The Glamorous One: Milan, Lake Como and Verona
If glitz and glamour is high on your list, this trio of destinations is perfect. Kick off in Milan, Italy’s fashion capital. Browse the designer boutiques in the Quadrilatero d’Oro (Gold Square), gaze up at the immense glass and iron ceiling of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, or sip cappuccini in one of the city’s historic cafes (Milan’s coffee culture is the best in Italy). From here, it’s a quick journey up to Lake Como, where you can spend a few days exploring beautiful Bellagio and touring palatial lakeside villas. Make Verona your final stop – if you’re honeymooning in the summer, you’ll be in time for the annual opera festival. Splash out on a Gold section ticket and don your finest eveningwear for a night to remember – it makes an unforgettable honeymoon finale.
The Foodie Favourite: Florence, Tuscany and Bologna
Explore three of Italy’s finest foodie destinations on this three-stop itinerary. In Florence, search out the best bistecca alla Fiorentina (a giant cut of beef that’s often best shared between two) and lampredotto (tripe, often served in a sandwich). After a few days in the city, escape to the postcard-perfect Tuscan countryside. Hole up in a rural retreat such as Castel Monastero and spend your time sampling regional dishes and, of course, tasting plenty of local wines. Finish up your foodie tour in Italy’s culinary capital: Bologna. The city (and surrounding Emilia-Romagna region) is home to a huge number of delicious products and dishes, including tagliatelle al ragu (the real spaghetti Bolognese). It’s a prime spot to stock up on take-home gifts, too – wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano, bottles of Modena balsamic vinegar and perhaps some Parma ham.
The Top-to-Toe Trip: Milan, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Sicily
This one’s the full monty, taking you from the tip to the toe of Italy’s ‘boot’. Start off in fashionable Milan, home to the Gothic Duomo di Milano and beautiful Teatro alla Scala opera house. Then travel south to arty Florence for galleries, museums and day trips into the Tuscan countryside. From there, it’s a short hop down to Rome. Give yourself a good few days here to see all the sights and allow for plenty of long lunches and al fresco aperitifs. Next, it’s off to the coast for relaxation in beautiful Sorrento. Spend some time on the beach, hop over to Capri for the day, or explore some of the pretty villages along the Amalfi Coast – just remember to save time to pop to the shops for a bottle of Sorrento’s famous limoncello! Your final port of call will be Sicily. Stay in one spot (Taormina and Cefalu are both lovely), or travel around the island – it’s up to you.