When the honeymoon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, you’ve got a decision to make.
Where will you go? Will it be a relaxing beach vacation somewhere like Hawaii or the Caribbean? Or will you opt for the adventurous route by traveling somewhere you’ve always wanted to check off your bucket list?
It turns out Italy is the perfect place to split the difference between relaxation and excitement. The country is full of great food and romantic cities that make it the perfect post-wedding destination.
Read on for our list of the most romantic place that will set your honeymoon in Italy a cut above the rest.
The Roman Honeymoon in Italy: 3 Must-Visit Destinations in the Italian Capital
Your honeymoon is not a time to get precious with the places you visit. You want grand, sweeping views. You want places where the air is full of love and romance. You want to stimulate your senses.
There are certainly destinations in Italy that are more hidden and out-of-the-way. These are not those destinations. These are the places that make up your personal romantic Italy vacation.
So let’s start with the obvious. Rome, Italy’s capital city, is everything it’s cracked up to be. Here are three essential spots to see within it.
The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps are better known as a backdrop for wedding proposals than a honeymoon destination, but their romantic atmosphere can’t be beat.
The Steps were built back in the beginning of the 18th century, and you can see the age in their smoothness and grandeur.
Historically, they’ve attracted artists and other bohemian types, and you may have even heard a reference to them in Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” Why not start your masterpiece of a honeymoon with a visit to one of the most romantic destinations on the planet? There’s an excellent view of the city.
The epicenter of the Catholic Church isn’t just for acolytes. It’s an impressive and romantic spot full of history, daunting architecture, and artistic perfection.
There are two parts of this self-contained city-state that you can’t leave without seeing. Visit the Vatican, and climb the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica to get another great view of Rome. Kiss your sweetie while you’re up there.
This Roman neighborhood is a less frequently mentioned attraction, but it’s perfect for a honeymoon. Whether you want a night of rich, authentic Italian food or dancing the night away, you can find it in Trastevere.
Get lost down side streets. Spend time people-watching and swooning in the neighborhood’s piazzas. Soak in the atmosphere. It’s oozing from Trastevere in spades.
4 More for the Road Trip
Italy is obviously more than its capital city. Here are four more of the most romantic places in Italy. Whether you’re looking for beautiful sights or great food, we’ve got your covered.
Let’s get this out of the way. Take a look at any list of the best places to honeymoon in Italy, and Venice always appear near the top. The city’s romance and elegance is undeniable.
Sure, you’ll have to wade through crowds of tourists just like you when you visit Venice, but it’s worth it. The city is full of canals, piazzas, and beautiful old palaces and cathedrals. There are so many nooks and crannies to get lost in that you’ll be able to steal away with your sweetheart despite the population density.
And we’d be terrible tour planners if we didn’t mention the gondolas. It may seem cheesy now, but there’s truly nothing more romantic than gliding along a canal on your own private gondola with your newly betrothed.
Capri is a tiny island that packs a big punch. From the moment you cross the Gulf of Naples, the island’s surroundings astound you. The water there is so blue that it looks artificial. It’s a surreal experience to be in a place so beautiful it doesn’t feel real.
Capri’s can’t-miss attraction is the Grotta Azzurra, or Blue Grotto. It’s a sea cave on the coast that you enter one rowboat at a time to see sunlight illuminate the cave by shining through the brilliant blue water.
Capri also has great, locally made limoncello to celebrate your nuptials.
Forget the Amalfi Coast. Cinque Terre is a connected string of five villages on the Italian Riviera coastline known for their colorful houses, terraced vineyards, and the ability to hike between them. Whether you choose to visit Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, or Riomaggiore, you can’t go wrong with this breathtaking destination.
So far, most of the places on this list have been a feast for the eyes. But we haven’t forgotten the actual definition of a feast.
Treat your palate with a trip to Perugia, Italy for the city’s annual Eurochocolate festival. The event takes place in October every year, which is a great time to visit the country anyway. It’s just outside of the busiest tourist season.
Perugia is an Italian hamlet with a big chocolate tradition. Eurochocolate offers tours of the city’s chocolate factory, free samples among the stone streets, and wild combinations of flavors. There are your standard chocolates in hazelnut, mint, and fruit flavors. But you’ll also find innovations like chocolate with chilis, precursors to the current spicy sweet craze.
You’re now equipped with all the knowledge you need to plan the perfect honeymoon in Italy. We hope you bask in the romance of these exquisite locales and come back thrilled for your new life together with your partner.
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