One of the world’s most romantic destinations, Italy has bags of character, a wealth of charming towns and a rich history. The perfect destination for an unforgettable honeymoon, Italy offers romance, great food and unforgettable attractions.
1. When to go
Although the timing of your honeymoon will probably be determined by your wedding date, you can still tweak your arrival and departure dates to ensure you get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Peak tourist season in most of Italy’s famous cities and destinations is May to July. During these months accommodation can be tough to find and attractions are crowded. If you do plan to travel in peak season, make sure you book your hotels well in advance to avoid disappointment. In August, most Italians leave the cities in droves and head to the coast. Temperatures, especially in the south, can be very high although the lakes in the north can be a great destination at this time of year.
2. Where to go
The first stage in planning a honeymoon in Italy is choosing a destination. Rome, Venice, Florence, Naples and Milan are all fantastic city break destinations. The Amalfi Coast, Lake Como, Umbria and Tuscany are perfect for couples who want to get away from it all and enjoy some beautiful Italian scenery. If you have time, rent a car or jump on a train and make a few different stops during your stay. The more you see of Italy, the more you’re sure to fall in love with it.
3. Travel between destinations
If you can’t pick just one destination for your Italian honeymoon, you’ll need to do a bit of planning to ensure you can get between all your chosen spots quickly and easily. The simplest way to travel between cities, towns and villages is to hire a car. However, if you want to avoid driving on your romantic break you’ll find Italy’s public transport system comprehensive and affordable. Trains run between most major towns and cities and buses cover areas the rails don’t reach. If your chosen hotel is in a remote spot, get in touch to ask if they offer pickups before you book your transfer.
The cost of food and accommodation can vary dramatically in Italian destinations. Venice has a reputation for being one of the costliest cities in the country but you’re likely to find pricey restaurants and hotels in all tourist-friendly areas. Always check the price of a meal or drink before you order to avoid nasty surprises when the bill comes.
One of the best things about honeymooning in Italy is the food. As @HuffPost says:
“This hot-blooded country serves up plate after plate of simple, well-rounded pasta dishes. They are masters with the eggplant. And they have blessed us all with the greatest way to use lady fingers: tiramisu.”
Spend your days in Italy gorging on pizza, pasta and salad, and drinking incredible wine and you’re guaranteed to return from your honeymoon happy.