Few places in the world are as well suited to providing the perfect romantic backdrop for a luxury honeymoon than Italy. Renowned for romance, Italy is a honeymooning couple’s dream, with fine wines, stunning views and delectable cuisine, designed for sharing. Of course, Italy is an alluring blend of charismatic cities and picture-perfect countryside connected by addictively drivable roads.
Italy’s summer climate is warm and inviting and the short haul flight time means you can be making the most of your honeymoon from the moment you land. Italy’s legendary charm is sure to get your married life off to the best start and there is no end to the enticing array of activities on offer. A romantic Italy honeymoon is ideal for couples who’d rather do more than lie on the beach and want to create rich cultural and sensory experiences. From the vibrant vistas of the Italian Lake District, the selected spot for Hollywood royalty such as George Clooney and Reese Witherspoon, to the ageless beauty of the Amalfi Coast, which tempted Grammy award-winning singer John Legend.
One of the reasons modern couples choose Italy for their post-wedding bliss is the sheer amount of options on offer and the many ways you can explore Italy to get more out of your time together. At Elegant Resorts, we’ve had the pleasure of designing the most idyllic luxury honeymoons for three decades. We can help you plan the perfect Italy honeymoon itinerary, whether you’re seeking a short stay packed full of Italian flair or a longer, multi-stop-style honeymoon that introduces you to all of Italy’s fabulous wonders.
Here is our elegant selection of the best Italy honeymoon ideas:
For the best Italy city honeymoon you need look no further than the capital. Where else but The Eternal City, could you hope to begin a life of eternal love? Rome and romance are a perfect pairing and there are endless opportunities for indulging in the city’s intrinsic ambience of all things amore. A half-day Vespa tour of the city brings to life all of the ‘Roman Holiday’ fantasies and iconic postcard images, not to mention the true test of trust all couples face when deciding who’ll take the driving seat! Rome’s legendary landmarks and ancient allure are the ideal setting in which to begin married life and what could be more appropriate for newlyweds than to visit the temple of the goddess of love herself, Venus, located opposite the Colosseum.
Drift into some classic romance renaissance in the city famed for its expanse of canals and exquisite architecture. Nicknamed ‘La Serenissima’, meaning Most Serene, Venice’s magnetism is her sheer mettle. The concept of building grand marble buildings on tiny slithers of land, strewn wantonly across one hundred and eighteen islands, animated piazzas bustling with life interlaced with the slow, tranquil pace of gondola rides and Shakespearean overtones and Marco Polo heritage make for a rich symphony of wonder and inimitable wow-factor. In Venice, you’ll step back in time and marvel. It is impossible not to feel romantic surrounded by such historic and cultural beauty and our number one tip for couples visiting Venice is to wake early and head to St Mark’s Square to watch a truly unforgettable sunrise.
Tuscany’s rolling hills and glorious wines are world-famous, but until you experience them first-hand, it is impossible to believe their beauty. Spend time tucked away in the Tuscan countryside for a sense of calm after all of the wedding hype and experience the seemingly ethereal ochre light that descends at dusk. The region of Tuscany is home to some of Italy’s finest cities, including Florence, Pisa and Sienna.
This year there is even more to enjoy in Tuscany as one of its most famous sons, tenor Andrea Bocelli hosts his annual ‘homecoming concerts’ at the Teatro del Silenzio on 28th and 30thJuly 2018. Imagine a night under the stars enjoying opera in the open air, surrounded by rich Italian decadence, as one of the world’s most talented tenors delights his lucky audience with arias and orchestral masterpieces.
These exclusive evenings with Andrea Bocelli, are the ultimate in cultural luxury. The sumptuous setting of Teatro del Silenzio is so elite, it is usually only open for one evening a year to showcase the very best performers. A truly unique and unforgettable way to celebrate romance during your Italian honeymoon.
Elegant Resorts has an exclusive package available for the ultra-exclusive event, on 28th July 2018. Designed with couples in mind, the package includes concert tickets, arrival cocktails, VIP amenities in your luxury suite and an 80-minute couple’s spa treatment. You’ll stay at one of Tuscany’s most romantic five-star hotels, Hotel Castello Di Casole.
Few places on Earth summon such idyllic imagery as the sparkling Amalfi Coast. The multi-coloured display of houses along the rugged cliffs above turquoise and sapphire-coloured water is a truly magical sight. The towns of Sorrento and Ravello sizzle with the promise of lavish luxury and true passion. Sip the region’s favourite refreshing tipple, Limoncello, lounge by the infinity pool and watching the boats drift by. What the tiny island of Capri lacks in size it makes up for in character and chic, brimming with designer boutiques, hidden grottos and Roman ruins. Italians are famous for their style and Capri is the embodiment of this. You’ll stumble upon chichi trattorias, the fairytale capital of Anacapri and a fair few VIPs enjoying Capri’s affluent pizazz.
The inspired setting for Shakespeare’s famous tale about star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a literary-loving couple’s dream. Once you’ve viewed Verona’s most photographed spot, Juliette’s Balcony, a pristinely preserved amphitheatre dating back to 1AD should be your next port of call. Each summer, Verona plays host to an internationally acclaimed opera festival. This year, performances include George Bizet’s famous four-act production, Carmen, and several others. As never before the production of Carmen is attracting global attention due to director Leo Muscato’s decision to portray an alternative ending to the original novella and opera. To support the movement seeking to end violence against women, Carmen has been given a feminist makeover that is set to bring the centuries old production in line with modern values. None of the drama, beauty or skill of the opera has been sacrificed, but audiences are sure to be dazzled as they await Carmen’s renewed fate.
After all of the on-stage drama, you’re sure to want somewhere calm to unwind and Palazzo Victoria represents the epitome of relaxation. Award-winning and boutique in style, with an unbeatable location, Palazzo Victoria welcomes honeymooners with elegant suites featuring freestanding baths, cocktail bars and courtyard dining.
A short distance from Verona, the Italian Lake District is resplendent. At Hotel Grand Tremezzo, the magnificence of the setting is brought to life. Situated overlooking the splendour of Lake Como, with a lavish lap pool that seemingly melts into the lake for a truly exceptional vista. Guests will also have the choice of five fine-dining restaurants in which to enjoy innovative and inviting Italian cuisine, while the Pommery Champagne bar adds distinct glamour. The fashionable city of Milan is nearby, the hotel boasts a private beach and there’s a luxurious ESPA spa. If you’re seeking a relaxing honeymoon with unforgettable views, decadent cuisine and exquisite romance, Hotel Grand Tremezzo is the answer.
Classic 1920s interiors and immaculately presented stewards are the hallmark of this luxury travel legend. A journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express is a must for any travel aficionado and there is truly no better time to embark upon an enduring expedition to travel’s Golden Age. Honeymooners should treat themselves to one of the three new Grand Suites that set the stage for the romance and adventure of this pioneering luxury train. A delicate restoration project, the trio of Grand Suites, each named after the main cities the train travels to, have been meticulously designed to feature private ensuite facilities, double beds dressed in the finest linens, glamorous living areas and large windows framing the breathtaking scenery. You’ll have breakfast as the majestic Alps pass by your window, before disembarking for a stay at the iconic Belmond Hotel Cipriani. From here you an venture into Venice to be serenaded on a gondola, followed by drinks at Café Florian in St Mark’s Square, as the quartet provide the perfect romantic soundtrack to your evening. Elegant Resorts can also arrange an exclusive after-hours visit of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
In the spirit of Italian style and glamorous getaways, the legend of Ferrari is the ideal addition to any Italy honeymoon itinerary. Fast-paced and undeniably cool, Ferraris bring the all-Italian thrill factor and there is almost no better way to explore Italy’s glorious countryside and thriving cities. Elegant Resorts offers four, expertly designed tours, with Ferrari that get you behind the wheel of a luxury supercar to explore Italy at leisure. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as all of your accommodation and essentials are taken care of, leaving you free to delight in the driving. There are 3, 4 and 5 night tours available, making them the ideal addition to any luxury Italian honeymoon or a glamorous mini-moon. Choose from:
Milan, Lake Come, Lake Garda and Venice
Milan, Langhe and Monte Carlo
Rome and Florence
Rome, Florence, Maranello and Milan