It’s romantic, picturesque and offers some pretty amazing cultural and dining experiences, so who wouldn’t want to honeymoon in Italy? The wine, the food, the climate; the trouble is simply finding the perfect spot to suit you and your newlywed partner.
The best time to honeymoon in Italy is April to June and September and October. While July and August are the hottest months generally speaking, they are also the most crowded, so if it’s privacy you’re seeking, here’s where to go.
Once you start driving around those winding hairpin bends on the coastal road, you’ll immediately feel the magic of this beautiful coast. It’s as picturesque as it can get: think of terraces perched on cliffs, tucked between the steep and rocky roads. The Amalfi Coast is full of secretive hideaways ideal for a romantic getaway.
One such magical place is Casa Angelina. With just 39 rooms and suites, the Mediterranean property sits almost at sea level. This boutique hotel also offers plenty of privacy as well as a private boat service where you can sail away on a sea that’s almost too blue to be true whilst enjoying the romantic Italian sunsets together. Be sure to ask for a room with a private terrace to indulge in a sleep-in, a leisurely breakfast or some private sunbathing.
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Couples are certain to love the sunshine while enjoying a drink at the seaside bar or even getting pampered at the spa. And in the unlikely case that you need a break from Amalfi, it’s just a short trip by boat to the Isle of Capri where you can spend your day shopping, sipping limoncello and exploring the many secret beaches and caves.
Perhaps it’s cliché, but a honeymoon in Florence is truly for those who are keen to experience la dolce vita. With Tuscan wines, authentic food and so much art and history, it’s perfect for lovers. Spending your time in Florence means wandering the streets where Michelangelo took inspiration, having the opportunity to see what inspired the drawings of Da Vinci and simply celebrate being in love (over a bit of gelato of course)!
Perhaps the most photographed area of Florence is Ponte Vecchio, a beautiful pedestrian bridge over the Arno River, which is just a stone’s throw from the 16th-century residence Hotel Lungarno. Owned by the fashion-focussed Ferragamo family, the small boutique property features over 400 works of art including those by Cocteau and Picasso, while each of the hotel’s 59 guest rooms and 14 luxury suites offer large windows or individual terraces with views of the historic city or of the Arno River.
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Just as the Italians are known for expressing love through food, honeymooners staying here will appreciate the hospitality of Borgo San Jacopo Ristorante with its enviable outlook. Enjoy your meal with hand-picked wines from sommeliers Salvatore Biscotti and Martina Calanchi, who’ve created a 500 plus wine list from boutique vineyards worldwide. Post diner, relax and be pampered in one of the hotel’s luxury suites.
While in Rome, my partner and I were told romance was born here as the first three letters of the city are the same! Whether or not that proves to be true, if your idea of romance is an artistic one, look no further than Portrait Roma. This very exclusive townhouse style accommodation offers just 14 luxury suites and is located in Rome’s high-end fashion district near the popular Spanish Steps.
Here, it’s all about privacy, luxury and of course, art. Visiting Portrait Roma means entering via a very discrete door which has seen many a celebrity pass through. The boutique property caters to art lovers by offering a private Vespa tour of many of Rome’s most famous artworks. If it’s complete privacy you want, that’s just fine, but if you want a true ‘lift no finger’ experience, your private butler can cater to your every whim, from private excursions to shopping assistance.
What’s truly breathtaking is the 360-degree view from the rooftop terrace, one of the highest points in the area that’s equally perfect for a brunch or a cocktail under the stars.View on trivago
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