Italy and France always tend to vie for first place as the top European honeymoon destinations, and it’s not surprising Italy has beat out France on many occasions.
Italy is undoubtedly known as one of the most romantic places in the world. It offers picturesque and diverse landscapes, rich history and art, sumptuous food, wine, and a slow paced way of life to help you simply relax and get lost in the warmth and passion of Italy’s culture.
We asked one of our favorite travel consultants, Denise Otero from Your Friend in Italy to recommend her top ten romantic honeymoon destinations in Italy.
Denise actually found it difficult to narrow the list down to only ten! Based on once having the incredible experience of living in Venice and countless trips to Italy over the years, Denise knows it all.
Rome is a bustling city so it may not be everyone’s first choice for a honeymoon. However, the Eternal City is one of the most important destinations in the world. Its awe inspiring masterpieces of art, imposing architecture, engineering and ancient history will enrich anyone who dares to uncover the Roman Empire’s mysteries. Rome is also close enough to Sorrento and the Amalfi coast so you can consider visiting both areas for your honeymoon. Or, if you prefer seeing the major art cities of Italy, then Rome, Florence and Venice can be combined. Wherever you choose to honeymoon in Italy, you will surely have a romantic and unforgettable experience.
The Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”) is still part of the Liguria region’s Italian Riviera but it offers a completely different atmosphere. The ruggedly beautiful Cinque Terre has an 18km stretch of astonishingly serrated coastline. Here you will find five small fishing villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. These villages, kissing the water’s edge and built within the cliffs, are covered in vineyards overlooking the sea. The Cinque Terre is a dynamic area because it is both a tranquil retreat and a haven for sports enthusiasts. Active types will be very busy deciding between hiking, horseback riding and water sports. Those looking for a relaxing honeymoon can simply soak up the sun, the unique character of each village and the warmth of the people. Whether you prefer to get away from the stress of everyday life and just sit back, relax and sip a glass of wine or you prefer to test your fitness level, the Cinque Terre offers the best of both worlds.
The Piedmont (Piemonte) region is a large mountainous region in the northwest corner of Italy surrounded on three sides by the Alps. Piedmont is well known for its famous Barolo and Barbera wines, white truffles of Alba and scrumptious chocolate. What was once the capital of the Duchy of Savoy, the countryside is adorned with elegant palaces, castles and rolling hills blanketed in wine vineyards.Despite its industrial routes, Turin (Piedmont’s capital) actually is a vibrant, regal and chic city all in one. It boasts Baroque architecture dominated by grand palaces, elaborate old world cafes and world renowned museums.
Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy. It divides the regions of Lombardy and Piedmont and crosses the border into Switzerland. You can combine both Lake Maggiore and Lake Como for a truly unforgettable honeymoon in Italy.The Borromean Gulf is the arm of Lake Maggiore extending from Verbania to Stresa, which includes the beautiful Borromean Islands. The small towns of Baveno and Stresa possess a luxurious and romantic atmosphere enhanced by the many aristocratic villas in the area dating back to the XIX century.
he Amalfi Coast is connected by one of the most scenic roads in Italy. As you make your way along the coastal road, the shoreline glistens with cobalt blue waters and is accentuated with olive trees, wine vineyards and lemon groves. With each twist and turn, you will marvel at the dramatic coastline dotted with the glamorous seaside resorts of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, just to name a few. Ravello is a tranquil and very small resort town which sits high up on the mountains offering stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Richard Wagner was inspired by Ravello….and described it as the closest place from earth to heaven!