Where to Honeymoon in Italy

Italy is an amazing country with beautiful countrysides, famous wine regions, beaches with clear waters and sandy beaches, delicious food and much more. It is easily one of the best places in the world to go on a honeymoon. You can easily get from city to city allowing you to see several regions and cities in a short amount of time.  With so many gorgeous places to visit, I asked travel bloggers to recommend their top places to honeymoon in Italy. 

Tuscany

Medieval cities, gently rolling hills, natural hot springs, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and one of the most iconic wine regions in the world: welcome to Tuscany, where the food tastes better, the views have a soft glow, and the very air you breathe seems more romantic than it does elsewhere.

Tuscany is the ultimate honeymoon destination. Whether you and your beloved are looking to tour gorgeous cities like Florence and Siena, discover adorable smaller towns like San Gimignano and Volterra, or lose yourselves in the beautiful natural beauty of the region, Tuscany has you covered.

Be sure to set aside at least one night for an incredibly delicious, gut-busting meal, one day for a wine tasting, and one day of doing nothing but exploring independently.

Wondering where to stay in Tuscany? From city apartments in Florence to romantic farmhouses set on vineyards to hotels set in actual castles, the options on where to stay in Tuscany are limitless–consider breaking up your Tuscany honeymoon into a few parts to take advantage of a couple different unforgettable places to stay!

Kate Storm – Our Escape Clause

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is one of the most picturesque places in Italy and the five villages of Monterosso, Corniglia, Vernazza, Manarola, and Riomaggiore have something for everyone. For the honeymooners, there are plenty of charming apartments and houses with scenic views to rent. And no matter if you prefer a calm or adventurous honeymoon, Cinque Terre has several options.

It’s perhaps known best for its hiking as well as the colorful old villages, but there are also many superb restaurants serving that delicious Italian food while sipping on some red wine or aperol spritz. Cinque Terre is very Beautiful, and honeymooners can expect many romantic moments here, especially if you’ll be traveling during the shoulder seasons.

One restaurant that shouldn’t be missed is the one called Nessun Dorma Cinque Terre. It’s located on top of a hill in Manarola, with a gorgeous view over one of Italy’s most photographed places. Indulge in some delicious homemade bruschettas and order Aperol Spritz for drinks to celebrate!

If you’re staying for a week or longer, it’s also easy to combine Cinque Terre with a visit to Florence, Pisa, and Tuscany. The train Connections are well established to other cities.

To and from each village, you can either hike or hop on the train that only takes about 2-5 minutes between each village. A single ride cost 4 Euro, but you can also purchase a train card if you want unlimited travels.

Alexander Waltner – Destinavo

Rome

Rome is the perfect honeymoon destination; there are so many romantic things to do.  Start by wandering through the many incredible museums together. Don’t miss having pizza and a glass of wine in the Capitoline Museums’ rooftop terrace restaurant.  The views over Rome’s skyline, with the domes of churches poking above the other buildings, is incredibly romantic. Admire more views of Rome from the roof of the Vatican.  Walk inside the dome of Saint Peter Cathedral then climb the stairs to the roof where there are 360° views of the Vatican and Rome from the cupola at the top.  Then go to the front and stand behind the huge statues at the front of the cathedral and join them gazing over Rome.

Explore the ruins at the forum, and, if you’re a cat lover, visit the Torre Argentina cat Sanctuary, where 150 cats live safely among the ruins of ancient Roman temples.  In the evening, share romantic al fresco dinners in Campo de Fiori. The nearby Hotel Raphael – Relais & Châteaux is a perfect choice for a honeymoon.  Finally, take a pasta making class together on a rooftop terrace so you can share many more romantic Italian meals and memories throughout your life together.

James Ian – Travel Collecting

Capri

One of the most beautiful places in Italy has to be the island of Capri. The main town of Capri is a spectacular honeymoon destination and with good reason. Once a favored destination of jet-setters, Capri has a romantic vibe for those wanting a never-to-be-forgotten honeymoon. Luxury resorts and chic accommodations with spectacular views, infinity pools, and full-service spas are perfect for that romantic getaway. One of our favorites is Hotel La Minerva for a romantic honeymoon or anniversary stays.

You can wander by day through narrow streets visiting shops and cafes or pack a picnic lunch and hike to the Roman ruins of Villa Jovis, home to former Emperors Tiberius and Caligula. Swimming, bicycling, or shopping is a great way to fill your days. Capri is a mecca for lovers of high-end designer Italian brands, and a boat ride to the famous Blue Grotto for an amazing underwater light display is a must. There are so many good restaurants for intimate late night (this is Italy, after all) dinners. But nothing is more romantic or magical than strolling the quiet lanes and streets at night to the soft sounds of the sea.

Lori – TravlinMad.com

Sicily

In our opinion, perfect Honeymoon destinations combine romance, relaxation, and beauty. Sicily has got it all, plus an opportunity to avoid the tourist crowds and enjoy a slower paced holiday.  There is so much to do in Sicily, the Italian island is steeped in art and history, stunning landscapes with breathtaking views and some of the most amazing food you’ll ever taste.

The capital, Palermo, with its labyrinth of rustics streets, is the perfect setting for hand-in-hand strolls before enjoying a cool glass of Sicilian wine at one of the many sea-front restaurants. If you really want to up the romance factor, take a sunset cruise on a Sicilian fishing boat and watch as this portside city is bathed in gold.

If you want something a little less touristy, then the coastal towns of Catania and Syracuse are perfect and equally charming. You can divide your honeymoon days sightseeing ancient ruins, lazing on beautiful Mediterranean beaches or touring the countryside visiting vineyards, olive groves, and citrus orchards. The more adventurous couple can even go hiking on Mt Etna, Italy’s most active volcano.

Then, as the sun goes down, enjoy romantic evenings feasting on amazing seafood and soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of Sicilian life. A honeymoon in Sicily is a sensory memory to last a lifetime!

Oksana & Max – DrinkTeaTravel.com

Venice

Venice is the iconic city on water and a beautiful place that oozes romance on every corner. Italians do romance well, and there’s no setting more perfect for a honeymoon in Italy, than Venice. Wander with your partner down the waterways and cobblestone streets and discover quaint and hidden Italian restaurants. Dine over pasta and fine Italian wine at Piazza San Marco with live music, then finish your evening off with a walk along the Grand Canal with a gelato in hand.

Venice is filled with romantic things to do, and the highlight is enjoying a romantic Gondola ride for two. If you can, I recommend splash out for a private one (it is your honeymoon after all!). Venice also has some beautiful authentic Italian designed properties for you and your loved one to stay in. Picture waking up to canal views right on your doorstep. Oh and don’t forget to visit the islands of Murano and Burano to find unique souvenirs for each other. A honeymoon to Venice will truly make you fall in love even deeper than before.

Cazzy Magennis – DreamBigTravelFarblog.com

Naples

Naples is probably not the first place that springs to mind when you think ‘romantic honeymoon destination’, but you’d be surprised. Behind a rough facade hides one of the most amazing cities in Italy. As one of the oldest cities in the world, it is incredibly rich in history and walking through the streets almost feels as if you’re being transported back in time. It is also home to some of the best museums Italy, including the Archaeological Museum which houses some of the finest artifacts from Pompeii. Speaking of Pompeii, the archaeological parks of Pompeii and Herculaneum are only a short train ride away. 

Apart from that, Naples is also the perfect destination for foodies. As the birthplace of pizza, you could have a pie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and still only scratch the surface of what the culinary scene has to offer. And what could be more romantic than a good pizza, a bottle of wine, and a view over Mt. Vesuvius at sunset?

Jacky – NomadEpicureans.com

Bellagio

If you are seeking romance, beauty, and serenity for a honeymoon then Bellagio, Italy could be your perfect destination.   Bellagio is located just north of Milan between the two branches where Lake Como comes together. Easily accessible by car, train and/or ferry.

Bellagio gives way to stunning lake and mountain views from all directions.  Known as the “Pearl of the Lake” this charming little city transports you back in time with its cobblestone streets and unique and tiny artistic shops.  Walking Bellagio is full of discovery, from mystery looking pathways and gardens to old churches and fountains. Enjoy Lake Como by taking a ferry and stopping at all the little towns around this area of the lake.  Each distinctive town has something different to offer.

To make your honeymoon even more special staying at The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is a must. Enjoy the luxury of one of Italy’s most famous hotels while being totally pampered.  Have an unsurpassed romantic dinner and enjoy the lounge before and after your meal with a violin, cello and piano concert.

In the evening take a walk along the lake, bring a bottle of champagne along because Bellagio sunsets are extraordinary. Toast to celebrate your future as husband and wife.

Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten – Travel By A Sherrie Affair

Revello

Ravello is the perfect town in Italy for a honeymooning couple in love. It’s a little town overlooking the Mediterranean, positioned in the mountains above the Amalfi coast. Its famous for ancient restored sprawling villas, music festivals, gardens and food. We visited Ravello in early April when the weather was perfect with clear blue skies and cool sunny days.

Ravello offers picture perfect gorgeous views, of turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean. It’s location high up in the mountains further up from the busy beach towns of Amalfi and Atrani, make it more pretty and slightly less crowded. We arrived there by local bus from Amalfi. On the way back we walked all the way down, through unbelievable views, lemon orchards, olive groves and a maybe a couple thousand stairs.

I recommend a visit to Villa Rufolo, one of the famous villas in Ravello. It hosts patrons of music, arts, gardens, food, and photography. It has beautiful buildings, a museum, a tower and gardens from the 13th century that were remodeled in the 19th century, making it popular for visitors around the world. It’s perfectly manicured gardens overlooking the blue waters make an awesome backdrop for romantic photographs. If you’re able to visit during an outdoor concert, with a backdrop of the Mediterranean down below, I would love to hear all about your experience. I’ve often wondered what’s it’s like to listen to a wonderful concert in this setting.

Jyoti and Nirmal – Story At Every Corner

Assisi

Perched atop a forested hill, Assisi’s views are sweeping ones out over the green, rolling hills of Umbria. You won’t find a more quintessential Italian hill town—full of maze-like cobblestone streets, windows spilling over with flowers, sweeping cathedrals, and a hilltop castle overlooking the rolling countryside.

Rent an apartment overlooking the main square, get lost in the warren of cobbled alleyways, and take a leisurely hike down the hill (on the trail that starts just beside the Basilica of Saint Francis) to an old nunnery that now operates as a hyper-local shop where you can buy souvenirs and local food products. For meals, make reservations at Osteria Piazzetta delle Erbe—a charming osteria full of gourmet treats at reasonable prices. And before you head home, stop by Cacio Pepe—a meat and food shop where you’ll find some of the best homemade jams in all of Europe.

Gigi Griffis – Vicousfoodie.com

Como

On the banks of the magnificent lake of the same name, Como is a city that quickly wins you over with its considerable charm. Here snow-capped mountains soar in the background, classic wooden speed boats zip across the shimmering waters and elegant villas line the lake shores. Como is the perfect place to honeymoon with Northern European panache.

The place to stay is Villa D’Este, built in the 16th century as the summer house of Princess Caroline of Brunswick. Villa D’Este is only a few moments from the center of Como and has all the grandeur you would expect of a former royal residence. Guest rooms are decorated with antiques and silk furnishings and overlook manicured gardens and the lake. Hotel amenities include world-class restaurants, a luxury day spa, and a floating swimming pool.

If you can bear to leave the hotel, rent a private boat to take you to some of the picturesque towns on the lake. From Varenna, there are several hikes renowned for the spectacular views along the way. Bellagio is the place to sip champagne and watch the sunset before returning to luxurious Villa D’Este.

Katy Clarke – Untold Morsels

Levanto

Levanto is one of the more understated towns along the Italian Riviera which runs from Genoa to Pisa. Located just north of the Cinque Terra yet with a locals vibe. The village laneways house cafes, bookstores and gelato stands which all lead down to an impressive beach. At night, alfresco dining tables litter the streets and the sounds of talented buskers echo off the ancient sandstone walls. Plus it has the best sliced pizza I have ever eaten, seriously!

Levanto also has a unique cycling route.  Unused rail tunnels have since been converted into a 14km return cycling and jogging track that weaves along the coastline.  The brilliant blue of the Mediterranean is revealed at many points along the route where the paved trail emerges from the flood-lit tunnels. There are even spots to access small and secluded beaches for a swim.

A regular ferry runs from Levanto to the Cinque Terra and Portoverne, so Levanto is a great base to check out these tourist drawcards with the option to retreat to a more relaxed place for the evening.

Warren Dobe – SlingAdventures.com

Cagliari, Sardinia

Many foreigners decide to celebrate their wedding in Italy and even more decide to spend their honeymoon there, but very few ever make it to Cagliari, the beautiful capital of Sardinia. Between the countryside, the mountains and the Mediterranean sea, Cagliari is in a fantastic location that allows easy access to the most gorgeous beaches in Sardinia and even to some incredible hiking trails. There are many things to do in Cagliari. Honeymooners will be particularly interested in romantic activities, so I suggest to head to Via Santa Croce in Castello to enjoy a sunset drink. It’s one of the best sunset you will ever see in your life. Make sure to go for a walk in the historical center – the area of Castello and Villanova are colorful and charming. The best archeological site in town is the Roman amphitheater and you can also visit the Museum of Archeology, which has a great exhibit.

The city is packed with good restaurants. The best gourmet one is Josto, and the nicest pizza is at Framento. Make sure to make reservations as they are both very popular. For a good gelato, go to Cremoso. The best cocktails are at Libarium Nostrum in via Santa Croce. Villa Fanny is a lovely boutique hotel nicely located minutes walk from the main center of town.

Claudia Tavani – My Adventures Across The World

Lecce

Lecce is a beautiful city in the southern region of Puglia. It has been dubbed “the Florence of the south”. While its architecture is quite different from that of Florence, it is no less astonishing. And yet, Lecce remains a hidden gem and sees just a tiny fraction of the number of visitors who swarm the streets of Florence.

Many of the building are built in a distinctive reinvention of the Baroque style that is known as barocco leccese (Lecce baroque). Some of the best examples of this flamboyant architectural style include the Cathedral and the Holy Cross Church.

You’ll notice that all the buildings take on a unique yellow hue. This is the natural color of the local limestone, sometimes called “Lecce stone”.

There’s also an impressive ancient Roman amphitheater right in the center of the main square. It’s still used today as a venue for events and performances.

Lecce and the rest of Puglia also have their own distinctive cuisine, so it’s a great place to taste lesser-known Italian dishes that you’ve probably never heard of before.

Wendy Werneth – TheNomadicVegan.com

Lerici

Lerici might not be the most obvious choice for a honeymoon in Italy, but it’s the perfect destination to relax after the big day. It’s home to some beautiful beaches, in particular the secluded cove of Fiascherino with a stunning waterfront restaurant for a romantic lunch. It’s part of the Liguria region, which includes the colorful Cinque Terre National Park as well as the beautiful town of Tellaro, so there are plenty of things to do in Lerici. One of the most romantic ways to spend you honeymoon is to take a boat trip to the island of Palmaria for dinner at Locanda Lorena – an incredible seafood restaurant with stunning views of Portovenere opposite. The perfect place to watch the sun go down with a bottle of wine, and the regions speciality dish – Muscoli Ripieni alla Spezzina – mussels stuffed with garlic, milk-drenched breadcrumbs, Parmesan, tomato, eggs and mortadella.

Hayley Lewis – ALovelyPlanet.com

Padua

For those who love cultural destinations filled with history, architectural wonders and great museums, Padua (Padova in Italian) is a perfect honeymoon destination. Unjustly underrated in the shadow of Venice, Padua – this lovely town in the North of Italy – receives much less attention from travelers than it should deserve. Since the Middle Ages, it has been one of the main cultural and religious centers of Italy, being home to one of Europe’s most prestigious universities. Nevertheless, the main highlight of Padua is its basilica dedicated to Saint Anthony, one of the most loved saints in the Christian religion.

Your trip to Padua, therefore, should include a visit to the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, where the rests of the saint are also conserved. If you love astonishing Renaissance frescos, the Scrovegni Chapel will amaze you with its paintings from one of the greatest masters, Giotto. There are several other lovely churches and interesting museums, but Padua has also a great place for a romantic stroll. Cute little squares, cobbled streets and one of the largest squares in Europa, el Prato del Valle decorated with lovely canals and statues Another way of enjoying this glamorous atmosphere is to hang out in some of the old coffee places, such as Café Pedrocchi. And of course, if you are on your honeymoon, you can always check outother lovely cities in the Veneto Region that are found nearby: Venice, Verona, Chioggia and many others are easily accessible from Padua on a day-trip.  A great place to stay in Padua to enjoy its historic ambience is the Hotel Majestic Toscanelli.

Gábor Kovács – SurfingthePlanet.com

Verona

If you’re looking for a romantic city to visit on honeymoon, you needn’t look much further than the setting for Romeo and Juliet – Verona. The beautiful medieval city would be worth a trip in itself with its gorgeous squares, perfect for whiling away the hours over a glass or two of local wine. But for most couples, the attraction of Verona is the connection to Shakespeare’s ultimate star-crossed lovers. You can visit a museum devoted to their story at Casa di Giulietta, stand on the balcony, and touch a statue of Juliet for good luck. You can even leave your own message of love on the walls which lead to Juliet’s house.

For the ultimate honeymoon in Verona, visit between June and September, when the huge Roman Arena hosts open-air opera performances. The summer months are also the perfect time to combine your stay in Verona with a trip to nearby Lake Garda, where some of the most romantic villages in Italy hugs the shore of the beautiful lake, against a stunning mountain backdrop.

Helen – HelenOnHerHolidays

Milan

The very thought of Honeymoon in Italy can be magical. Though Venice, Tuscany are most sought after destinations for Honeymoon, couples often shun Milan, which is the fashion and business capital. Though Milan may not have as many ancient sights as Rome, this home of Prada, Armani, is quite rich in heritage and has a glorious past as well.

A serene morning visit at the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) will leave you spellbound. Visit the exclusive terrace of Cathedral to get fascinated with the magnificent view of the city and the snow covered alps. The 14 ft Maddonnina atop Cathedral will leave you stunned.

Opt for some photoshoot at the Piazza and then stroll around in one of the oldest Shopping mall, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, very close to the Cathedral. The blue glass vaulted ceilings and mosaic flooring will leave you to feel more loved.

How about visiting the mural of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci? You’ll appreciate the architecture at The Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie. It also made to the list of UNESCO World Heritage site. The Last Supper is the only kind of its Fresco seen today, appreciate its beauty with your love.

And not to miss, feel the paradise at Lake Como. Its picturesque villages, fishing hamlets will leave you enchanted on your honeymoon. A feeling of true love!

Your stay at Armani Hotel Milano will make your Honeymoon all the more special in this glamorous city. They also have Honeymoon packages, which are worth every penny.

Chandresh –FamilyOnTheWheels.com

Sienna

If you are planning a honeymoon in Italy, consider Siena, a stunning hill town in Tuscany. Siena is charming and medieval, and when you arrive, you’ll feel like you have been transported back to the 15th or 16th century. But if you are looking to splurge on your honeymoon, Siena boasts luxurious places to stay: think palaces with frescoed ceilings and fabulous furnishings and great places to sample local cuisine and wines.

While there are lots of things to do in Siena, you can choose to do as much or as little as you want, and still have a memorable honeymoon. Stroll the lovely streets and admire the palazzos on either side. Browse the little shops for tasty treats to enjoy. Sample the luscious gelato you’ll find at little local gelaterias. If you love art and architecture, visit the spectacular Duomo di Siena, or some of the other churches in town. For special photo memories, head to the top of the Facciatone at the Duomo complex, or the Torre del Mangia at the Piazza del Campo and take a selfie against the backdrop of Siena’s rooftops and the beautiful surrounding countryside.

From Siena, you have easy access to the Val d’Orcia, with its picture postcard scenery, charming little hill towns, and amazing food and wine. Rent a set of wheels, two or four, and explore the Tuscan countryside. Go for long romantic drives or scooter rides during the day and head back to an intimate gourmet dinner and a comfortable bed in Siena at night.

Siena and the Val d’Orcia are so romantic and so charming that you’ll wish your honeymoon in Italy never ends!

Dhara – It’sNotAbouttheMiles.com

Polignano a Mare, Puglia

Situated on the Adriatic coast of Italy’s heel, Polignano a Mare is a truly romantic destination, perfect for the honeymooning couple. The town is split in two by a deep ancient riverbed. Nowadays the river has dried up, but the clear blue sea still laps at its shores and it’s regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Puglia. Spread your towel out here to soak up some sun, or pause for a picnic in this photogenic spot.

The old town, which hangs precariously to the cliff on the southern edge of the beach, is a stunning place to stay, with its cobbled lanes and cozy osterie. Take in the views from the various balconies and gorge on homemade pasta. For a truly memorable experience, you could eat a meal at Grotta Palazzese – a restaurant in a waterside cave. And stay in one of the lovingly restored apartments on the cliff’s edge. It’ll be hard to pull yourself away from the views, but there is plenty to discover within an hour or two drive from Polignano too, such as the old town of Monopoli, the bustling city of Bari, and the impressive Grotte di Castellana.

Nadine – LelongWeekend.com

 

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