"When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine, that's amore," the old Italian folk song goes. And it's true! There is something so magical about Italy, especially when you travel there with a loved one. Hayes and I are leaving in August for a two week long honeymoon around Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro with Windstar Cruises and we couldn't be more excited. If you keep up with my Instagram, you would know that I am o b s e s s e d with Italy and the Italian way of life. I studied in Florence for two summers, learned the language, and the longer I was there, the more I didn't want to leave! The food, the wine, the architecture... it is all this and more that makes this the quintessential honeymoon destination. But where in Italy? Isn't it expensive? Here are the best Italian honeymoon destinations, where to stay, and what to do with your honey while you are there!
In my personal opinion, Paris is not the most romantic city in the world... Venice is! There is something so magical about this city. My favorite thing to do in Venice is tour the city when nobody else is out; early in the morning and late at night. Watch the sunrise from the Grand Canal or tour the city via gondola with your S.O. at night with a bottle of prosecco. The canals are kind of spooky at night with the minimal light and how quiet it gets, but it also makes it really romantic!
The famed Florentine writer Dante once wrote, "l'amore che move il sole l'altre stelle." And what does that mean? "A love that moves the sun and other stars." This is my all time favorite Italian proverb and I think it perfectly represents my love for this amazing city. There is an endless amount to do here. Go see the statue of David, share a bottle of Chianti at Piazzale Michelangelo and watch the sunset under the city, relax poolside at the incredible Four Seasons Firenze, or duck into a mom and pop style trattoria and share a plate of pasta together.
In my opinion, this is one of the best places to honeymoon in Italy. Although it draws a serious crowd in the summer months, try and book a trip there in the early fall or later spring months. Rent a boat, take a gondola up to Anacapri, get custom sandals made, and do a limoncello tasting while there!
If you recognize the name of this city, you have probably read Romeo and Juliet. This is enchanting Italian city is the setting for Shakespeare's arguably most famous piece of literature. I visited Verona solo and it's clear to see why this city was made for lovers. You can walk along the boardwalk along the river, the coliseum (it looks like a smaller version of the one in Rome!), visiting Juliet's balcony, and sitting in the parks throughout the city make for a picture perfect honeymoon getaway.