Rolling hills, Cyprus trees, complex Chianti and pasta so good it can make you cry. It’s no wonder Italy is one of the most visited countries on earth, and for newlyweds it’s hard to find something more romantic than an Italy honeymoon. Italy is full of renowned history and excitement, contrasted by hidden streets and secluded corners. Explore the beauty of Tuscan wineries or drive around Rome on a vespa, bask on the beach in Amalfi or embark on a chic getaway to Milan. No matter where you go in Italy, you won’t be disappointed.
When should you visit?
For the most part, the best months to explore Italy are from April to June and from September to October. These are the months when the temperature is comfortable, the crowds aren’t too intense and the rustic colors are richer. Italy’s holiday spots are incredibly busy from July through early September and hotel prices in Rome and Florence usually increase in May and June. The absolute worst month to plan a trip to Italy is in August. Not only does it get uncomfortably hot, incredibly muggy, and over-crowded, but many Italians tend to take the entire month off, closing their restaurants and shops. Turin and Milan, in particular, become virtual ghost towns in August but, if that’s something you don’t mind, hotel prices there are usually heavily discounted.
There are 70 airports in Italy, the biggest of which are in proximity to the more popular cities, aka Rome, Milan, and Venice. If you’re planning on going during peak tourist season, you should try to book your hotels and flights well in advance before rates skyrocket. Airline fares are lower from mid-September to March, but increase around Christmas. Hotel, villa and apartment rates are lower in spring and fall, but the best deals are in winter, except during the Christmas holidays.
Where should you visit?
In short, you should go to as many places as you possibly can. Italy is a gorgeous country with a wealth of history, food and art to sample and explore. You really can’t go wrong. However, you do need to decide what you would like to get out of your trip and plan accordingly, because while every city in Italy has something amazing to offer, your experience is going to differ from place to place.
If you want a big city adventure, the obvious choice then would be Rome. As the once great seat of an ancient empire, the city is still teeming with life and culture. It is also home to some of the most famous historic sites in the world. Venture into the Colosseum where gladiators once battled to the death, or make a wish in the Trevi Fountain. Take a tour through the Roman Forum or drink in the glorious artwork on display at the Vatican Museum. Or, just wander the streets of Rome and make your own romantic adventure, sipping on local wines, marveling in the stunning architecture and realizing that you are standing in a place that has seen the rise and fall of multiple civilizations.
Then, if culinary delights are on your agenda, look no further than Naples, aka the birthplace of pizza. No other city in the world can claim that delicious food quite like Naples and can deliver it to you full of fresh and local ingredients. People all over the world journey to Naples for a single slice of their masterful pizzas. Not only are you sure to find pizza that will change your life, the city is also a treasure trove of art work, shops, restaurants and nightlife. Not to mention that right outside the city is the town of Pompeii. Tours happen daily and walking through the perfectly preserved ancient city is an experience unlike any you have ever had.
After you’ve indulged in all the carbs you want, set your sights on Venice, one of the most romantic cities in the world. Recline with the love of your life on a beautiful gondola as you’re ferried around the scenic canals, picturesque waterways and gorgeous architecture. Step off the gondola in St. Mark’s Square to view one of the most famous Venetian sights, the Basilica di San Marco, then head over to the Doge’s Palace and marvel at the delicate yet haunting Rialto Bridge. Around every corner in Venice is something new to discover and you and your sweetheart are bound to have an unforgettable time in the slowly sinking city.
Of course, many people travel to Italy just to go to Tuscany, and it’s easy to see why. Rolling hills, sprawling vineyards, gorgeous villas, and incredible local food and wine make it a paradise in the center of the country. Everything cliche about Tuscany is true, and if you and your husband are into food, wine, or the countryside, this is the place you should visit.
Italy is an easy honeymoon destination because it sees so many tourists each year, meaning there is no shortage of tour guides, transport options, or friendly locals available to help you every step of the way. Even when you return home, the feeling of la dolce vita lives on.